Welcome to the twenty-eighth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Scientists, Science Communicators as well as Science Blogs, Websites, Podcasts and Video Programs you may not yet know about.
Introducing…CaT Bobino and In The Know Science Show
In the Know Science Show is a science outreach web show where CaT Bobino introduces viewers to science that they can do at home and takes them on field trips to zoos, museums and more. So far she has recorded with the Palo Alto Jr. Museum and Zoo, San Francisco zoo, Randall Museum, Davis St. Transfer station and Stop Waste, The Exploratorium, and many more. Her website aims to remediate the lack of positive images of women in STEM in the media.
Ms. Bobino received her BS in Biology from Stillman College and is currently a Masters student at California State University – East Bay, studying Conservation Ecology under Dr. Erica Wildy. Ms. Bobino has teamed up with CSU East Bay’s communications department to develop her thesis and science show for kids. Her thesis is titled “The Misconception of Women in STEM in the Media and how it Affects Young Girls”. The main idea is to show young girls that there are women throughout STEM, although it does not appear that way in the media. This will hopefully give them more role models to look up to and open their minds to the number of different careers they can pursue if they are interested in STEM. Her other research interests include understanding the ecology of large predators, especially apex predators in Northern California. Her research has included camera captures of mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and foxes.
Ms. Bobino plans to pursue a PhD in Ecology and aims to be the female version of ‘Bill Nye meets Jack Hanna’ because of her love of science and animals. We are definitely ready for such an amazing role model in the media. Can’t you see why I think she’s the greatest. (She’s also my social media intern. She’s been working with me behind the scenes preparing content for nearly 1 year now.)
In her own words
When we look at television today, women in STEM are usually depicted as either beautiful yet socially inadequate, or intelligent yet homely. Young girls do not have role models in STEM that seem realistic. As a matter of fact, I always ask people to name me one non fictional woman on television that teaches science or interacts with animals. It is a hard question to answer yet we need women on television showing our girls that it is ok to be smart and apart of STEM.
Here’s one of her segments, demonstrating her community outreach, Stepping Into Science Event that I had the pleasure of attending in November 2014.
Connect with her and be sure to leave a comment at one of her blog posts. There’s no better way to engage and encourage a new science communicator than joining the conversation. Tell her you found her via The Urban Scientist (me, @DNLee5) and #ScholarSunday.
I hope you’re enjoying this series of blog posts. If so, then I’d love to shine the spotlight on additional science blogs and scientists and help spread the word of amazing science outreach. If you know of a great science blog and/or science blogger who you think is amazing and would like to help spread the word about how amazing they are, then submit them. Now accepting recommendations for Spotlight on Outreach Scientists and Science Communicators for upcoming weeks.