Stories of Disability in the Lab

Saturday Speaker
Saturday, September 8, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join us as we discuss our latest oral history project, Scientists and Disability. We’ll focus on stories about disability in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and what is being done to make those fields accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. In keeping with the theme of representation in science, Sara MacSorley will share details of her Super Cool Scientists story and coloring book about women in STEM, and we’ll have pages available for a fun post-talk coloring session. Jesse Shanahan, who is part of our oral history project and is featured in Super Cool Scientists, will also be participating in this event. 

Admission to our Saturday Speaker Series is free, and no reservations are necessary.

About the Speakers

Sara MacSorley

Sara MacSorley is a people-first project director, writer, and entrepreneur. She is also the founder and CEO of Super Cool Scientists, an organization working to promote inclusion in STEM. Through story and coloring books spotlighting women in STEM careers, MacSorley is changing the narrative about what scientists look like and what their day-to-day work includes. The overarching goal of her book is to have everyone relate to at least one of the stories—because representation matters. MacSorley received a BS in marine biology and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

Jessica Martucci

Jessica Martucci is a research fellow in the Science History Institute’s Center for Oral History, where she leads the Scientists with Disabilities project. She also holds a fellowship in advanced bioethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and went on to teach women’s history and the history of science, technology, and medicine at Mississippi State University until 2015. In 2015 Martucci published her first book, Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America, with the University of Chicago Press.

Jesse Shanahan

Jesse Shanahan is a science writer and an astrophysicist, currently serving as a coordinating committee member in the Working Group on Accessibility and Disability that she cofounded for the American Astronomical Society. Her research focuses on supermassive black holes and bulgeless galaxies. Her writing can be found in Science, Astronomy, and Forbes, among other publications. She also organizes STEM outreach in local elementary schools and works on behalf of disabled scientists to facilitate accessibility and accommodations in STEM environments. In addition to her research and writing she spends her days wrangling a very high-energy border collie named Hubble and playing way too many video games. Follow her @enceladosaurus.