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Steminism Sunday: Dr. Ellie Sattler

Welcome to a new occasional series here on ye olde blog! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be a opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. To kick us off, paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler. Yes, yes, I know. Ellie Sattler is not an actual person: she’s a fictional character from the book and movie Jurassic Park. But Jurassic Park launched one of the most profitable...

So I Saw Jurassic World….

…and I have thoughts. The special effects are amazing, and I enjoyed the way the film pokes fun at theme parks everywhere – the splash zone at the mosasaur exhibit, the bored teenager running the gyroscope ride, the restaurants and shops with dinosaurs splashed on every conceivable object. But compared to Jurassic Park, Jurassic World is just… soulless.   Don’t get me wrong. Jurassic Park had its flaws, most notably (to me at least), this one. But Jurassic Park was about something. It tapped into our childhood fascination with dinosaurs and showed us the joy and wonder we’d experience if they...

The Moment Jurassic Park Lost Me

Are you old enough to remember when Jurassic Park first came out? I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time. It was the summer after 10th grade, and Kelsey and Julie-Ann and I (three of the four Sisters of the Traveling Chocolate) decided to celebrate the end of finals with a trip to the movies. The theatre was packed, and between the cutting-edge special effects and the lightning-fast pace, every single person in there was on the edge of their seats. Kelsey and I were so transfixed by the film that, when we glanced over and noticed Julie-Ann...