Tami Carlow said, “Rain will not stop Kristen Swanson and I from marching for Science in Washington, D.C.”
Tami is a gardener with undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology, concentrating in entomology. “Ever since I was little, I was fascinated by insects.” Tami has published papers on the flightless weevil (Eisonyx Crassipes) and parasitic wasps on the backs of dragon flies. Little wonder that she was a taxonomist, studying weevils at the Natural History museum in DC. Also little wonder that she would join the Science March on Washington this past Saturday.
Kristen K. Swanson, of Lovettsville, is an artist but her technique requires some craft at science. Kristen takes a soft lump of stoneware clay, thrown on a potter’s wheel (if not made from clay slabs), shapes the clay by hand, paints or “carves” designs on the clay body, and fires the clay twice, the second time at 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Kristen received her Bachelor of fine Arts in Ceramic Art in 1998 from the Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tami and Kristen joined thousands in Washington DC on Earth Day and many others in 600 cities on 6 continents including research scientists in Antarctica.
There are many instances to insist on science as your guide this year. The Science March itself was inspired by the Women’s March, and has been characterized by the slogan, “There is no Planet B.” Continue reading