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Columbus Science Pub: Women in Science

  • Up Front at Shadowbox Live 503 South Front Street Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

The Columbus Science Pub is a free event that aims to present scientific issues in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. No science background? No problem!! Everyone and every question is welcome.

The presentation starts promptly at 7:30pm. If you’d like to order food before the event, please arrive early. A full bar and menu is available.

**Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.**


Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, and Katherine Johnson are all house hold names today, but, while they were alive few people knew them or supported their work. Even Heady Lamar, famous in her own lifetime, was known more for her acting career then her invention of this little thing you might have heard of called WiFi. This month, we will present three famous women scientists who worked right here in Ohio. 

In 1914 E. Lucy Braun walked across the stage for her third commencement at the University of Cincinnati. After receiving her BA, and then MA in geology, she took just two years to complete a Ph.D. in botany. Dr. E. Lucy Braun would spend her entire life working at the University of Cincinnati writing over 180 papers as a pioneer in the field of phytogeography (the study of why plants grow in certain places). Don’t think all this writing kept her at home! She made the large purchase of a sturdy car to help her better explore the Plains and Pacific Northwest. In 1937, Margret Nice a relatively unknown naturalist and stay at home mom, published a paper that revolutionize the study of bird behavior. She tracked the birds of her neighborhood in Tuttle Park, just north of Lane avenue in Columbus. In 1954 another Margret, Dr. Margret Green, was packing her bags to leave Columbus for Washington DC. After years teaching as a lecturer for The Ohio State University she accepted a position at the National Science Foundation as a program director in the newly formed division for genetics. Using mice to understand human genetics was a focus of her work despite the fact that she hated keeping mice in the lab; they bite!

Dr. Katherine O’Brien works at The Museum of Biological Diversity which is part of the department of Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. Originally educated as a geneticist and evolutionary biologist, she has spent her time in Ohio advocating for science and science communication through organizations like the Columbus Science Pub (of which she is a co-director) and the STEAM factory. Her research focuses on how access to natural history affects people’s understanding of the world around them. Katherine is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM by developing connections between Universities and the communities they serve.

Earlier Event: January 1