Sara MacSorley

last updated 12/5/2016

Sara K. MacSorley

Director of Green Street Arts Center and Project To Increase Mastery In Math and Science at Wesleyan University

Location:
4760 Forsyth Rd, Macon, Georgia, United States
HQ Phone:
(478) 477-1110

General Information

Experience

Project Administrator - University of Rhode Island

Student - Bermuda Institute of Oceanographic Sciences

Project Administrator - Rhode Island EPSCoR

Education

Bachelors of Science - Marine Biology and minor , University of Rhode Island

Affiliations

Committee - National Project Administrator Leadership Committee

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It just goes to show that we all still have work to do for equality in the sciences, said Sara MacSorley , director of the Wesleyan University Green Street Teaching and Learning Center.
All three professors teaching the camp - a biochemist, physicist and biologist - are women who also want to promote women in STEM industries, MacSorley said. It was important for us to have the girls do real science and to expose them to a variety of careers in science along the way, according to MacSorley .

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It just goes to show that we all still have work to do for equality in the sciences, said Sara MacSorley, director of the Wesleyan University Green Street Teaching and Learning Center.
All three professors teaching the camp - a biochemist, physicist and biologist - are women who also want to promote women in STEM industries, MacSorley said. It was important for us to have the girls do real science and to expose them to a variety of careers in science along the way, according to MacSorley.

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Wesleyan's Green Street Teaching Center head publishes women in science coloring book

> Sifting through boxes of childhood possessions at her parent's house in Maryland recently, Sara MacSorley discovered a part of herself she'd forgotten: how she had managed to meld her young talents into the person she">
> Sifting through boxes of childhood possessions at her parent's house in Maryland recently, Sara MacSorley discovered a part of herself she'd forgotten: how she had managed to meld her young talents into the person she"> > Sifting through boxes of childhood possessions at her parent's house in Maryland recently, Sara MacSorley discovered a part of herself she'd forgotten: how she had managed to meld her young talents into the person she"> LaNell Williams '15, who studied physics at Wesleyan, is one of 22 women in science and technology careers featured in a new coloring book created by Green Street Director Sara MacSorley, LaNell Williams '15, who studied physics at Wesleyan, is one of 22 women in science and technology careers featured in a new coloring book created by Green Street Director Sara MacSorley, "Super Cool Scientists. Contributed photo MIDDLETOWN >> Sifting through boxes of childhood possessions at her parent's house in Maryland recently, Sara MacSorley discovered a part of herself she'd forgotten: how she had managed to meld her young talents into the person she is today. "I found little story books and things that I wrote in third grade with teachers' comments like, 'you're going to be a writer,' and it's kind of funny to look back and see that and to hear people other than my parents tell me, 'I always remember how you always bridged art and science. That's pretty cool that you're still doing that,'" said MacSorley, director of Wesleyan University's Green Street Teaching and Learning Center Still doing that includes a new coloring book, "Super Cool Scientists," MacSorley wrote, which celebrates little-known women making great strides in the field of science. MacSorley said about a year ago she felt out of touch with her science background so she started brainstorming a project that she could do outside of work. "I was also dealing with some of my own anxiety issues for the first time and trying to figure out which tools worked best for me to deal with that," she said. MacSorley arrived at the idea for her new project once she began looking for the types of coloring books she'd like to work with - and found none that featured females in the sciences. MacSorley arrived at the women she featured by first contacting a few female role models she had looked up to early in her career. Since they are living, each scientist featured in the book was asked to approve the final version of her biography and the accompanying illustration, MacSorley said. She also got recommendations from people she worked with "whether it was a specific story or a particular science field I was trying to have represented, I wanted a really wide diversity. The coloring book represents a field scientist in Africa, computer animator and mathematician and many others. "I wanted young people reading it to see that there are a lot of different options when people say, 'I can be a scientist,'" she said. One of the women, LaNell Williams, was a college student who worked at Green Street's Girls in Science summer camp in 2014 - its first year. "We didn't have a physicist and wanted to have physics represented. LaNell is still in grad school," MacSorley said, and conducting research projects. "I really wanted to have not just folks who were established in their field but folks who were really just starting their careers," MacSorley said. Williams is African-American, said MacSorley, who learned Williams had won a NSF Graduate Fellowship and will be conducting research at the Fisk Vanderbilt program, "something that's really coveted," she said. "She fit a lot of the things I wanted to represent." Plus, Williams had started out wanting to be a journalist. "It goes to show that whenever you decide you want to do this, you can. You don't have to think you want to be a scientist from age 6, you can change your mind - and we do change our minds the more we're exposed to things," MacSorley said. "Yes, science is for everybody but because historically women and people of color have had different barriers, it's not always an equal playing field - or it hasn't been and we're catching up," MacSorley said. I might relate more to that than a picture of Marie Curie in her outfit ... it's sort of like history in the making," MacSorley said. By the end of the project, MacSorley had others she wanted to feature beyond the 20 included in the original specs but couldn't because of costs. The extra $1,000 raised from the Kickstarter enabled her to add two more women, both astronauts. Turns out, MacSorley is very picky about what designs she chooses to color - and the tools she uses. It wasn't until MacSorley sat down to create this coloring book, which combines her childhood interests, that she recalled her penchant for creativity. She had begun coloring "right on the cusp of when the adult coloring book craze went crazy," after her mother, who was a psychology and sociology double major in college, remembered conversations she had during those years about coloring to reduce stress. "And then, all of a sudden, it's like you can buy coloring books in line at the grocery store," MacSorley said. "It's kind of pervasive now."

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