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Former Yale professor taking ‘science evangelism’ on the road

LA School Report | September 4, 2015

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By Acacia Squires

Ainissa Ramirez used to be an associate professor at Yale in materials science. Now she’s taking her “science evangelism” out on the road.

Awakening that little something in young people, especially young people of color, is Ramirez’s true passion. As a 4-year-old kid in Jersey City, N.J., Ainissa knew she wanted to be a scientist, but she says there weren’t many, if any, African-American scientists for her to imagine herself as.

So in her lectures now she’s talking a lot about the importance of STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math.

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