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Good books broaden our horizons and inspire new conversations, no matter where we are! Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and Alachua County Library District as we kickoff the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a series of events building community while lifting the voices of women in science.

This FREE virtual event takes attendees behind-the-scenes and into the labs of Florida Museum scientists! Learn about their experiences as local women in STEM, see cool objects and hear encouraging words of wisdom for future researchers.

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Featured Scientists:

Nicole Cannarozzi, Collection Manager of the Florida Museum Environmental Archaeology Collection
person holding plantPam Soltis, Distinguished Professor and Curator of the Florida Museum’s Molecular Lab
person with butterfly on handSarah Steele Cabrera, Research Assistant in the Florida Museum’s Daniels Lab
person in reflective gearCarmi Milagros Thompson, Collection Manager of the Florida Museum Invertebrate Paleontology Collection

NEA Big Read Books:

lab girl coverLab Girl by Hope Jahren
Autobiography of a geobiologist celebrating the lifelong curiosity, humility and passion that drives every scientist. Target ages: Teen & Adult.
finding wonders coverFinding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins
Novel celebrating the lives of three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become scientists. Target ages: Grades 5 & up.
evelyn the entomologist coverEvelyn the Adventurous Entomologist by Christine EvansThe true story of a world-traveling bug scientist told with beautiful illustrations. Target ages: Grades 1-5.
swimming with sharks coverSwimming with Sharks by Heather Lang
A richly-illustrated picture biography of scientist Eugenie Clark’s groundbreaking shark research. Target ages: Grades K-3.

NEA Big Read Series:

Sept. 14 to 19– Book Pickup
Sept. 19– NEA Big Read Kickoff: Lab Blitz
Sept. 24Fieldwork Fails
Oct. 13Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Nov. 17Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Dec. 5Book Meetup: Swimming with Sharks
Jan. 12, 2021Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Jan. 30, 2021– Book Meetup: Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist
Feb. 13, 2021– Girls Do Science
March 27, 2021– Book Meetup: Finding Wonders

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 


Name: Chelsea Collison, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2062

Email: ccollison@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

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