MEDICAL CENTER HOUR SPEAKER CREATES AN INSPIRING BARBIE DOLL

September 24, 2019 by cg2b@virginia.edu   |   Leave a Comment

MEDICAL CENTER HOUR SPEAKER CREATES AN INSPIRING BARBIE DOLL

Tree biologist Nalini Nadkarni, who has spoken at two Medical Center Hours, was featured in NPR’s special video series, “Maddie about Science,” on 22 September 2019:
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/22/762385293/video-tree-scientist-inspires-next-generation-through-barbie
Nadkarni, a preeminent and pioneering investigator of the rainforest canopy, talks with NPR about her career in the treetops. But, to inspire a new generation of girls to consider careers in science, she’s also created TreeTop Barbie and even dueled with Barbie’s manufacturer, Mattel, over the doll (Mattel let her keep producing TreeTop Barbie on a very limited basis.) In 2018, National Geographic teamed with Mattel to produce a line of “Explorer Barbies” and enlisted Nadkarni as a scientific adviser. Mattel’s series of new dolls focused on exploration and science debuts in fall 2019. Nadkarni most recently talked at Medical Center Hour in September 2016. Watch a video of her presentation, titled “After the Fall: A Tapestry of Disturbance, Recovery, and Resilience,” on Medical Center Hour’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nw88ctmEuQ

 

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