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A Fungus Walks Into A Bar: Gender, Science, and Mushrooms

Cardy Raper

Thurs 8/8/13 Noon & 7pm The gender gap is slowly closing in high school and college level science and math classes. But there are still far fewer women getting graduate degrees in the sciences, especially engineering and computer sciences, and going on to jobs in teaching or research labs.

Dr. Cardy Raper got her PhD in Biology from Harvard at the age of 52 in 1976. She went on to learn molecular genetics and ran her own labs studying the reproduction of mushrooms. We’ll talk to her about what it took to forge a career in the sciences in the late twentieth century and what women of today can learn from her experiences. We'll also learn about her life as a wife, a mother, and a scientist… and what the sex life of mushrooms can tell us about our own.

And we'll talk with artist Kate Gridley about her new exhibit Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults. Gridley's canvases and sound portraits tell the story of young Vermonters as they grow to understand their own identity.

Finally, we'll learn a little history of the iconic silos that dot the landscape of rural Vermont.

Cardy Raper will be reading at Galaxy Bookstore in Hardwick tonight at 7pm.