Women Nobel Laureates - Should we be Surprised? (Appreciation Session)

Why is it that even in the 21st century, we see headlines such as 'woman scientist', 'woman banker', women leaders? A single session - this GenWise Appreciation Session is an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the role of gender - if any - in people's accomplishments.

Course Details

GenWise Appreciation Session: 1 Session Only

Ages 13+ (incl Adults)

Why is it that even in the 21st century, we see headlines such as 'woman scientist', 'woman banker', women leaders? Are you surprised that there are several women among Nobel Prize winners this year? Does gender have anything to do with the nature of people's accomplishments? Join us as we look to science to help us find ways to understand and address some of these questions.

Image credits: The Nobel Prize

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing. Since Charpentier and Doudna discovered the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors in 2012, their use has exploded. The genetic scissors have taken the life sciences into a new epoch and, in many ways, are bringing the greatest benefit to humankind.

About Facilitator:

Radha Gopalan

Radha is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise.

Her view of the world is one of hidden connections and she believes that a significant part of learning is to unearth these connections. She is an environmental scientist by training, with a deep interest in exploring and practicing "transformative education for sustainable living". Towards this effort she is engaging actively with rural and urban communities to further the idea of food sovereignty.

After 18 years as a global environmental consultant, Radha also wore the teacher's hat for several years at the Rishi Valley School, teaching Environmental Sustainability. She is a Visiting Faculty at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and engages actively in popular education efforts around sustainability.

Radha has a bachelor's degree in Genetics from the Madras University, a Master's from Osmania University, and a Ph.D from IIT Bombay in Environmental Science.