International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Dr. Stephanie Levi Ideas Activities
  • Founder, Science is Sexy, Night Lab
    Chicago, IL, USA
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  • Sector:

    Public Outreach
  • Organizations:

    Science is Sexy, Night Lab
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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For as long as I can remember, Stephanie Levi has had a passion for bringing science to the masses through the media, public events and educational experiences. Night Lab is the result of the combination of this passion, my scientific training, my love of all things visual, ongoing fascination with the intersection of science and all aspects of culture and unchallenged status as a social butterfly. I love creating programs for people who flunked chemistry, think genes come from The Gap, or think “that’s hard!” when they hear the word molecular.

While doing research full time, I have been involved in science outreach efforts essentially as a full time job, and my professional life focused on sharing the joy and wonder of science, including chemistry with children, adults and teens. My outreach work now focuses primarily on the adult public.

I earned my Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago in 2009, where she studied the structure and function of the Golgi, a structure in the cell that is like the cell’s post office. The Golgi takes newly-made proteins (the mail) and attaches a sugar molecule to them, which acts like a molecular zipcode that tells the cell where to send the protein. With this much chemistry in my own background, I can't help but work to share the awesomeness of chemistry with all.