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Meet Sara

I'm a scientist. 

I'm pretty sure when most people think about scientists, they imagine a cranky old man in a lab coat hiding in his laboratory.  He's probably muttering to himself while beakers boil and smoke around him.   That's nothing like me.  I wear pink safety glasses, and sometimes I sing at the top of my lungs while I'm setting up experiments.  (For safety in the laboratory, I don't dance though.)  Actually, that guy isn't like any of the scientists that I know, either.  We are all just regular people who happen to be really curious.

For a lot of scientists, their main job is to answer a very specific scientific question: Why do certain types of brain cancer seem to spread more rapidly?  Why do narwhals have tusks?  Or what is the best fuel to send into space to power equipment?  My job is a little different because I get to help other scientists answer their questions.  I do that with instruments called flow cytometers, which use lasers to give us information about the physical properties of cells.  Scientists that I work with can bring their questions to me, and we work together to design experiments using the flow cytometers to get answers.   It's very exciting because I'm always learning new things, and I get to work with lasers.

So next time you envision that cranky old scientist, give him pink safety glasses, an imaginary microphone and some awesome lasers.
 

Meet her list

This list includes Sara's favorite books as well as book recommendations for families.


​Books I Read to My Daughter

​Books I Love

Roll of thunder, hear my cry          
 
 
 
Not related to science, but my favorite book as a kid.
Jurassic Park          
 
 

My favorite in high school was Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (which has to do with genetics and science ethics).  

The loop          
 
 
 

My favorite book now is The Loop by Nicholas Evans (which actually has a lot to do with conservation biology).

The Handmaid's tale          
 
 
However, the book above is followed closely by A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (which also touches on science ethics).

​eResources for Budding Scientists


Kids InfoBits - Articles for Kids​ ​
Thousands of age appropriate articles, eBooks and and images, designed for grades K-6.

Science in Context​
Detailed information for science assignments and projects, including articles, biographies, videos, overviews and experiments

Student Resources in Context ​
Explore information from science, literature and history through reference books, newspaper and journal articles, video and audio files.

TumbleBookLibrary - eBooks for Kids  
Online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games, and teacher resources.
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 World Book Encyclopedia Online​

A suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.​