Virtual Presentation: How Materials Shaped Us, Ainissa Ramirez, PHD


How Materials Shaped Us Ainissa Ramirez, PHD

DATE: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

TIME: 7pm

PLACE: Your Computer



Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., is an award-winning materials scientist and science communicator, who is the author of The Alchemy of Us (MIT Press). A graduate of Brown University, she earned her doctorate in materials science and engineering from Stanford. Dr. Ramirez began her career as a scientist at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ, and was later an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Yale. She has written for Forbes, Time, The Atlantic, and Science, and has explained science headlines on CBS, CNN, NPR, and PBS. She speaks widely on the topics of science and technology and gave a TED talk on the importance of science education (


Often when we talk about compounds and substances, the conversation usually focuses on how chemists and materials scientists synthesized them. In this talk, materials scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez will discuss how simple materials and the inventions they enabled shaped society. Based on her new book, The Alchemy of Us, she will show how everyday inventions had a hand in shaping language, politics, and even our bodies.