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How did inventions like mechanical clocks and artificial light change the way we sleep? How did Frederick Douglass use the new medium of photography to change portrayals of Black Americans? Is there a way for scientists to consider the ethical dimensions of their work when they create new innovations with the potential to transform human culture?

Join the John W. Kluge Center for a conversation with materials scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez on these questions and many more.

In her book, “The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another,” Ramirez looks at eight inventions that introduced major changes to the way people live. The Kluge Center’s Dan Turello will interview Ramirez on her work considering the impact of technological change, as well as on her mission to encourage a more inclusive vision of science.

Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D. is an award-winning scientist and science communicator, who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. A graduate of Brown University, she earned her doctorate in materials science and engineering from Stanford. Dr. Ramirez started her career as a scientist at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and later worked as an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Yale. She authored the books “The Alchemy of Us” and “Save Our Science,” and co-authored “Newton’s Football.” She has written for Forbes, Time, The Atlantic, Scientific American, American Scientist, and Science and has explained science headlines on CBS, CNN, NPR, ESPN, and PBS.    

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