Poetry Friday– #NaPoWriMo & Earth Day

1-Support Women of Science -color-Poster 4-20-2017

Support Women of Science

Embrace women leading us in science–Protecting life, water, and air!

Anita Studer –Swiss, ornithologist and environmentalist. She went to Brazil to study a
                           rare blackbird and ended up saving an entire forest.

Rachel Carson –American marine biologist. She fought diligently through words and
                               activism to protect our environment and wrote Silent Spring.

Teriān, Ālenush –Was an Iranian-American Astronomer and Physicist. Known as the
                                “Mother of Modern Iranian Astronomy.”

Hegerl, Gabriele C. –American climatologist. She studies/contributes to the effects
                               that greenhouse gas emissions have on our climate; and writes.


Diana Marcela Bolaños Rodriguez –Columbian marine biologist. Her studies focused
                           on “polyclad flatworms,” which can “generate tissue through stem cells.

Alice Evans –Was an American microbiologist. In Washington D.C. she studied
                       bacteria in cows, and this later led to the pasteurization of milk.

Yaël Nazé –Belgian Physicist. She focuses on “massive stars and their interactions
                     with their surroundings.” She has also written many books.



Wallace, Carden –Australian Marine Biologist. Helped discover “mass
                                 spawning of coral.” She wrote “a revision of the Genus Acropora.”

Omowunmi Sadik –Nigerian Chemist and inventor. She’s developed sensors for
detecting drugs and explosives; and is also recycling metal ions from waste.

Marie Tharp –American Biologist. With a fellow scientist she mopped 70% of the
entire ocean floor. Her work lead to the acceptance of “plate tectonics
and continental drift.

Ellen Swallow Richards –American industrial and environmental Chemist. Because
 her tests for water quality in the 1880s, the first sewage
                                                treatment plant in America was created.

Nyokong, Tebello–South African Chemist and cancer researcher. She’s researching
                                 “photo-dynamic therapy,” which is an alternative to chemotherapy;
                                 and she writes.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

Many Scientists were found on the “List of female scientists in the 21st century,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_female_scientists_in_the_21st_century

I’m sharing this acrostic poem for a triple header–Poetry Friday, NaPoWriMo, and Earth Day. The image at the top is a poster I’ve made for the March for Science rally I’m participating in on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017, in Chicago. Click on the link above for info about the March.

Visit Tabatha at the Opposite of Indifference for this weeks Poetry Friday Round up. Many thanks for hosting Tabatha, during a difficult week.

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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26 Responses to Poetry Friday– #NaPoWriMo & Earth Day

  1. dmayr says:

    Love your post for today! I hope your march tomorrow is meaningful. I’m heading to Boston–pink pussy hat atop my head!

  2. Fabulous, Michelle. Love every bit of this. There have been, and there still are, so many brilliant women making incredible contributions to our world. In a sense so many have been, and continue to be, “Hidden Figures.” Thank you for honoring and celebrating them in your wonderful acrostic. I’m assuming you’ve read Rachel Ignotofsky’s “Women in Science,” which introduced me to so many amazing women. You’ve added to my list Cheers!

  3. Tabatha says:

    What a cool idea for an acrostic! It would also be good for Women’s History Month 🙂 (We are going to the March for Science in D.C. tomorrow. Maybe we should make a poster…)

  4. What an awesome acrostic! Love how you’ve created poetry from the names, calling out the women who are devoting their careers to science.

  5. lindabaie says:

    I love the poster, Michelle. We have a march here, too, but am working at the bookstore. Best wishes to all! There are many bios of women scientists coming out recently in pic book form, all so great to learn about. and don’t forget Jeannine Atkins books, too, that highlight girls, then women, pursuing science careers.

  6. Wow! I love this list of women scientists and their contributions. Enjoy the march for Earth Day. I will be spending the morning cleaning our river (as I do every fall and spring on their cleanup days). I want to share your poem and its incredible women with my daughter, who is studying biochemistry.

  7. Irene Latham says:

    Wow, Michelle that’s a hard-working poem! Way to address all those events with one poem. Thank you for introducing me to some women I didn’t know before. xo

  8. jama says:

    Fabulous poem — most of those women are new to me. Thank you for marching tomorrow.

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, your research paid off. I am so glad that you are celebrating a march with your beautiful acrostic. This is one that all young girls should read.

  10. katswhiskers says:

    Wow. Ticking some boxes with this post, Michelle. Wonderful non-fiction poetry tribute, and great poster!

  11. I love, love, love this poem! So many unsung heroes and female pioneers in the sciences, who should be as celebrated and as familiar to our young people as movie stars and singers!

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  13. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for shining a light on the WOMEN of science! March on! (March for me, I have a writing deadline to meet…)

    • Thanks Mary Lee, many lights need to shine on these dedicated women who are doing so much for all of us. The March was invigorating with all kinds in attendance, families, my daughter and I marched together, and many others! We ended at the Field Museum in Chicago; where they had a fair of environmental and science related groups at tables, providing info and ways to get involved.

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