Many of you may not recognize the name Mayim Bialik, but you might recognize her as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, or as Blossom from the 1991-1995 TV show. A couple days ago, ScienceNow did a podcast with her to talk about her science background:
In this interview, she talks about getting a PhD in neuroscience between starring in Blossom and getting a major role in The Big Bang Theory. She’s passionate about bringing science to kids (students of all ages, really), and I think she’s very inspiring.
Although there has been criticism of the Big Bang Theory, regarding its reliance on stereotypes etc. (e.g. http://www.jimchines.com/2012/02/big-bang-theory/), but I think Mayim makes a really good point about showing people that scientists don’t only live in the lab. I think the show demonstrates exactly what I’m hoping to do with this blog: bridge the ideas of science with the nerdy passions many scientists enjoy!