Through the Education Lens

Three Young Women Wow Crowd at TEDx

CJ Westerberg, February 1, 2012 10:32 AM


"We live in a society where girls on reality TV shows
are the most revered young women in our culture and these young girls,
these young women, are the ones we should be upholding . . . "
 - - - -Lisa Ling

One of the most compelling TEDx talks comes from at this week's TEDx Women Conference, where you can still tune in.

In this segment, there are three speakers who are this year's winners of the Google Global Science Fair.  Interestingly, all three are young women - articulate, passionate, and inspiring.  Nor are these your parents' science fair winners - the subjects and research were carcinogens in grilled chicken, an ovarian cancer breakthrough, and enlightening asthma research.

Grand Prize winner Naomi Shah talked about how her journey went beyond her research, (which was certainly enough), but how she found her passion, and . . .

"making my own opportunities when I didn't even know what I was doing. 
It was about inspiration and determination,
and never giving up on my interest in science and learning and growing."

As a side note and observation, two of the candidates pointed to the numerous rejections (200+) to their request for lab use from professors, universities, labs - which, although showed their persistence and determination, is a curiously sad commentary on the opportunities for collaboration outside the school doors.  Their research wasn't exactly paper mache stalactites and stalagmites.

When you hear 13-year old Lauren Hodge, 18-year old  Naomi Shah, and 15-year old Shree Bose share their stories . . . it will make your day.

- C.J.Westerberg

Originally posted 12/7/11


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