Posts By: Jeremy Porath

Maud Wagner

What I love about this: Maud Wagner (nee Stevens) got her first tattoo from Gus Wagner, the man who would become her husband, because he was trying to get a first date. A big part of their relationship involved him teaching her how to tattoo people using his old-schools techniques.

Wanda Díaz-Merced

TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Wanda Diaz Merced studies the light emitted by gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic events in the universe. When she lost her sight and was left without a way to do her science, she had a revelatory insight: the light curves she could no longer see could be translated into sound. Through sonification, she regained mastery over her work, and now she’s advocating for a more inclusive scientific community. “Science is for everyone,” she says. “It has to be available to everyone, because we are all natural explorers.”

“Today I’m able to do physics at the level of the best astronomer, using sound. And what people have been able to do, mainly visually, for hundreds of years, now I do it using sound.”

(thanks to Erica for sending this in!)

Virginia Raggi

For the first time in almost three millennia, Rome will be led by a female mayor.

She’s also the youngest mayor in Rome’s history.

EDIT: A reader or two who are more familiar with Italian politics than I am wrote in to point out her political party’s ties to all manner of questionable practices – fascists, cultists, anti-science folk, etc. Being a non-Italian speaker, I am not familiar with the political realities on the ground, and I don’t have much ability (or time) to sort out what’s what. Alter your reactions accordingly!

Lael Wilcox

Last week, Lael Wilcox became the first woman to win the Trans Am Bike Race, a grueling, 4,200-mile slog that takes cyclists from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia. In addition to offering no prizes, the race is totally unsupported, meaning the participants are responsible for carrying everything they need—from food to camping equipment—for the duration of the ride.

“I feel like for people to see an example of a fairly normal person—I’m normal height, normal size, I’m a woman—winning. I’m not this super human, and I won.”

Diary of a Saudi Girl

For two years, Majd Abdulghani kept a journal during a crossroads in her life: Should she get married or keep studying? Or can she do both?

She counts in Japanese recreationally. She takes karate classes secretly, comparing it to Fight Club. And her parents keep bugging her to get married, while bragging how good she is at memorizing the Quran.

This is the radio diary of Majd Abdulghani, a charming, normal young Saudi woman. In a time where entrenched interests seek to demonize any and all Muslims, it’s worth taking time to listen to this diary and remember how similar and human we all are.

Interview with BYU Radio’s The Apple Seed

Did an interview with BYU Radio’s “The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories” program – takes like five minutes for me to get into the groove of talking, but it gets pretty good (and personal, toward the end).

They have a link where you can listen just to the interview, but the episode also includes professional storytellers Charlotte Blake Alston, Beth Horner, and Sean Buvala telling the tales of Thákane, Li Chi, and Catskin (a European version of Juleidah). Those are well worth a listen if you are interested in how the original stories went.

Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship accepts 10 year old girl

Kat Borlongan, a founding partner of Five by Five and the director of the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship, wrote a letter to Eva, the girl who applied to the fellowship. She shared it on Facebook, and it will put a smile on your face to read.

(featured image of Eva talking to Minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem taken from Eva’s blog)

Miki Koyama

If you don’t know 18-year-old Koyama Miki (小山美姫), you’re far from alone, but it’s definitely ignorance you should correct. She’s in the Japanese Formula Four Championships and, like a lot of young racers, she’s gunning for a slot in F1. She’s good enough that Honda just let her thrash an S660 in a brand new commercial.

“I didn’t want to do [acting, martial arts, or tennis], because in most sports, like baseball or soccer, aren’t women and men usually separated? But in racing, it isn’t so, we can be on an equal footing and there is no difference between men and women.”

Her Honda commercial is pretty fun, too:

Daddy’s Little Princess

Morgan Taylor is proving that you don’t have to be white to be a princess.

Taylor told her father “Real princesses were vanilla and I can’t really be a princess.” After learning about real-life black princesses, she and her father wrote a book to tell other kids about them, too.

Destyni Tyree

Destyni Tyree also got a full-ride scholarship to college.

Despite living in a homeless shelter, she graduated high school in two years, was crowned prom queen at the school’s first prom (which she helped organize), and got a full ride scholarship to college — all while working 25 hours a week and participating in extracurricular activities like cheerleading.

(thanks to Rachel for sending this in!)