Ahna Skop PhD’00
About the talk
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to grow up in a family of artists and end up a scientist? What does thinking like an artist offer the scientist? Can the blending of art and science encourage a more diverse population of students to pursue science, and can this blending improve public understanding of science? Skop will give you an exciting glimpse into her life and how she has impacted science, education, and the public with her two passions: science and art.
About the speaker
Skop is an associate professor in the Department of Genetics at UW–Madison and an affiliate faculty member in life sciences communication and in the university’s Arts Institute. She mentors both scientists and art students in her lab, and she serves on the board of the Wisconsin Science Museum, where many of her art-science collaborations are on display. Skop is a passionate advocate for underrepresented students in science and advocates through her association with the SACNAS organization, UW–Madison campus efforts, and social media. To engage the public about science, she has established numerous local, national, and international scientific art shows and displays that have been installed in art galleries, on the UW–Madison campus, and in science museums. In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the College of St. Benedict and was named a Remarkable Women in Science by the AAAS. In 2015, she was honored as a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. Skop’s science and art have been featured by Apple, the Scientist, USA Today, Smithsonian, pbs.org, NPR, and Science magazine. Among her great hobbies are cooking and baking (including scientific cakes!), and she publishes information about her creations on her food blog, foodskop.com.