News from the World Science Festival in New York

The World Science Festival has just happened, and last night, there was a session celebrating the triumphs of women scientists, and the various trials and tribulations they face. Some prominent scientists were asked to speak about the journeys that led them to their fields. These included: Jean Berko Gleason, professor emerita of psychology at Boston University and a founder of the field of psycholinguistics; cosmologist and published poet Priyamvada Natarajan who is a professor at Yale; Emcee Faith Salie, a Rhodes scholar who is CBS News Sunday Morning contributor, and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!; Joy Hirsch, a neuroscientist at Columbia University; cryptographer Tal Rabin, who works at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York; and Harvard mathematician Corina Tarnita. You can read more about the event here.