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Women In Science

Through A Childhood of Exploring Science, This Girl Became A Scientist

Exploring ScienceClaudia Fiorini, PhD – Research Associate in Pediatrics

Boston Children’s Hospital

Division of Hematology/Oncology

When I was a child in elementary school back in Italy, I was often sick and had to stay home from school for a few days at a time. Pneumonia – you know, that sort of thing.  That gives you a lot of time to think and plan for disasters.

When I was a little better, but not well enough to go to school, my mom would entertain me by letting me basically destroy the apartment as I wished with all sorts of experiments.

Also, lots … READ MORE

Importance of Play

Laughing Your Way to Better Parenting Through Playful Parenting

Playful Parenting


PhD Larry Cohen, author of Playful Parenting, gets serious about play with Raising Nerd.  From growing up as an anxious child and transforming into an adult who can find play even when a gun is pointed at him, read his expert tips on how to get more play into your day.


“Put connection first in every aspect of parenting.  That means LIGHTEN UP, because humor is more connecting than seriousness. “

How did you become an “expert” in play and Playful Parenting?

Playful Learning

I was a very serious and anxious child, so play didn’t come easily to me … READ MORE

Women In Science

How To Celebrate International Women & Girls in Science Day

For the last month, we’ve been building up to Feb 11th International Women & Girls in Science Day, we have been connecting with some amazing Women in Science. When girls are able to not only imagine, but literally see others like themselves in a STEM career and are encouraged, we know they are more likely to pursue and stick with STEM subjects in school.  That’s why here at Raising Nerd, we wanted to share stories of REAL women in Science. From failures, to perseverance, to bravery…these women are truly inspirational and are helping pave the way for future … READ MORE

Women In Science

A Love for Science Pushed Her to Pursue Molecular Microbiology

Molecular Microbiology

Raising Nerd’s Women In Science

Amanda Jamieson
Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Brown University


Follow your passion, and don’t always stick with the easiest route.”


What advice would you give to girls interested in pursuing Molecular Microbiology and how did you get into Molecular Microbiology?

You should focus on what you are interested in, not necessarily what is easiest for you. Science and math were never my best or easiest subjects. I always found them challenging, but enjoyable. I remember when I was pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley I ran … READ MORE

Women In Science

Meet the Spinal Surgeon That Has Advice For Girls Interested in Medicine

Spinal Surgeon


Raising Nerd’s Women In Science



Jessica Aidlen
Associate Chief of Spine Surgery, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine


“….there are hidden opportunities in every interaction.  People will tell you that you cannot do it…you can!”


Dr. Jessica Aidlen is an orthopedic spine surgeon who is trailblazing the way for other women surgeons. In addition to being a role model for future women in medicine, she also teaches orthopedic residents and spine surgeon fellows sharing her expertise and experience with the next generation of surgeons. A top recommended and rated … READ MORE

Women In Science

NASA’s Next Generation Engineer and How STEM Gave Her A Career


Raising Nerd’s Women In Science

Leah Tinberg
Mechanical Engineer I
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory


“I feel indebted to each and every woman who came before me in this field, and hope that my presence in it can help ease the way for the young women who come after me. It’s a group effort!”



What advice would you give to girls interested in pursuing your specific field?

The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to actively feed your curiosity. If there is anything at all that interests you about science, engineering, or the applications of … READ MORE