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This is What a Scientist Looks Like

As the popular “This is What a Scientist Looks Like” Tumblr proves, scientists aren’t all men wearing white lab coats. And Future-ish’s annual Stylish Scientist list aims to bring exposures to individuals who are “stylish” about expressing themselves.

Three University of Washington graduate alumni, Maile Taualii, Vanessa Galaviz and Lucianne Walkowicz, were named to the list for not only their personal style, but the ways in which they are advancing scientific research and changing their fields.

Taualii received her doctorate in health services and currently works at the University of Hawai’i’s Office of Public Health Studies. Her research on effective health services for indigenous populations was recognized by the American Public Health Association, and she became the first Native Hawai’ian to serve on their executive board.

Galaviz’s research also addresses health disparities amongst minority communities. After receiving her doctorate in Public Health, Galaviz went on to work at the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Galaviz’s work with CEPA not only investigates the kinds of environmental pollutants underserved groups are exposed to, but focuses on education initiatives directed toward getting this information to those communities.

Walkowicz, a TED Senior Fellow who received her doctorate in Astronomy, similarly works to bring scientific knowledge to the public through her work at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. In addition to her research, Walkowicz has also addressed discrimination and harassment of minorities within sciences by informing incoming researchers about their rights within the workplace.

Congratulations to these smart, successful and stylish scientists.