This is my chemistry teacher, Dr. Forster. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten the chance to talk about her on my blog, but today I want to.
She is such a boss. I love her because she’s so up-front about science and loves talking about the need for people who are able to communicate science to the public and non-scientists. She used to work in the industrial chem. area and also did environmental research so she is very knowledgeable in the area of climate change. This is why I absolutely love hearing her go off on climate change deniers because she is just so frank about it. She stresses the need for science communicators because of what has happened in the area of climate change - she says that scientists’ lack of ability to plainly talk about their research and findings has caused confusion among the public (with the help of politicians, she says) regarding global warming and has further cemented the idea in my mind that our world needs people who can give something scientific to the public and explain it in a way that is practical and free of confusing jargon.
This is a picture of her holding a huge Laserdisk that we watched in class about water treatment. It was a sight for me to see and had to snap a picture of the thing. Anyway, she’s really cool and supportive and gives me advice on what to do once I’m in grad school and all that groovy stuff. I’m lucky to have such a great chemistry teacher!