In the latest Nova Interview, Nova Fellow Alan C. Logan sits down with University of Utah biologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, who has skillfully drawn straight lines between her pioneering work at the highest reaches of rainforest treetops and multiple policy implications. Dr. Nadkarni’s work in bringing aspects of nature into solitary confinement led to her inclusion in Time magazine’s 2014 list of the Best Inventions. There is also an almost two-decade long story of Dr. Nadkarni’s battle with the toy company Mattel and her efforts to break down stereotypes and include a STEM-inspirational version of their globally famous doll, Barbie. This interview reveals that one never knows where the undulations of a life in science might lead.
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