Science Super Heroes
In celebration of Science Channel’s 20th Anniversary we will be launching Science Super Heroes, crowning individuals each month who have used science to make a difference in their community. We at Science Channel know science is everywhere and used everyday. It’s in the DNA for progress and possibility. Through Science Super Heroes we are committed to igniting passion for science and encouraging the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and game changers.
Super Heroes will be honored both on air and online the first Thursday of every month!
This Month’s Winners
Livia Eberlin, Ph. D
Livia S. Eberlin is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Brazil, she moved to the USA in 2008 to pursue her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University. During her PhD, she developed mass spectrometry imaging to human cancer diagnosis and surgical margin evaluation. In recognition of her innovative work, she received several awards including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award from the American Chemical Society. In 2012, she started her postdoctoral work at Stanford University. During that period, she received the L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship, a K99 pathway to independence award from the NIH, and was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Science and Healthcare. In 2016, Dr. Eberlin joined the University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about research at the interface of chemistry and medicine. Her research group is focused on developing innovative chemical technologies to address critical problems in health-related research.
Nazli Azimi, Ph.D.
Dr. Nazli Azimi is Co-founder and CEO of Bioniz Therapeutics, as well as the co-inventor of its core-technology. As both a noted researcher and a seasoned business professional, Dr. Azimi’s vision and passion for the future of immune therapeutics have driven Bioniz’s core technology from a hypothesis shared with her co-founder, to a fully realized platform technology that is best recommended by the world class business leaders. Dr. Azimi originally graduated from the University of Tehran with a doctorate in pharmacology, from which she went on to a post-doctorate immunology program at one of the premier research groups at the NIH directed by Dr. Thomas Waldmann, a pioneer in the field of immune-therapy. During her post-doctoral studies, Dr. Azimi made seminal contributions to the discovery and characterization of interleukin 15, a critical immune system protein. After the NIH, Dr. Azimi joined the faculty at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she studied immune cytokine responses to herpes and other viruses before transitioning into entrepreneurship. Before founding Bioniz, Dr. Azimi demonstrated her talent for translational science and leadership as Founder and CEO of Dermaheal USA a privately held company which was acquired in 2014 after 7 years of successful operation. Fitting into Dr. Azimi’s expansive knack for diverse thought, she is also a trained artist whose paintings were exhibited when she lived in Washington, DC.
With a continued dedication to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to students everywhere, Discovery Communications partners with nonprofit US2020, which seeks to to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects, with a focus on girls and underrepresented minorities.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges they face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals, AAAS has individual members in more than 91 countries around the globe. Membership is open to anyone who shares our goals and belief that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today. You can lend your support to our efforts on behalf of scientists, engineers, educators, and students everywhere by becoming a member. Together we can make a difference: Join Us.
Iridescent’s mission is to create and deliver powerful science, engineering and technology education to help underprivileged children and youth develop: Curiosity to learn how things around us work; Creativity to try new ideas; Perseverance to keep improving and developing their ideas. We are an education non-profit that trains professional engineers, scientists, and parents to deliver cutting-edge STEM education to underserved girls, children and their families. Over the past seven years, we’ve trained more than 3,500 mentors and engaged more than 60,000 participants in our programs.
DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. We’re a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with technology. DIY Girls uses a three-pronged program approach that integrates engagement, capacity building, and continuity to ensure girls’ success. We offer after-school and in-school programs, as well as workshops that provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experiences for girls. Girls learn technical skills and apply them by creating their own creative projects and inventions. DIY Girls has reached over 1200 girls in Los Angeles since 2012.
Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good. Mouse empowers all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. Mouse is committed to creating more diversity in STEM and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.