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Kegley Institute of Ethics Brings Renowned Engineer for Spring Lecture - Former Associate Professor at Yale makes science fun

Anissa RamirezWhen people see that science is really just fun in disguise, they get excited. That message has become the passion of Dr. Ainissa Ramirez. But for all her engagement with the scientific wonders of the world, not even she can control the weather. 

The Kegley Institute of Ethics and CSU Bakersfield's School of Natural Science, Mathematics & Engineering are pleased to have been able to reschedule a special lecture by Ramirez on "The Moral Ramifications of Technology Use." Ramirez is Doctor of Material Sciences and Engineering, former professor at Yale, and a highly acclaimed TED lecturer. The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm at the Doré Theatre. It is free and open to the public with free parking after 6:00 pm in Lots A, B, and C. The lecture was originally scheduled for January 30, but a record snowfall caused Ramirez, and countless other residents of Connecticut, to be snowed in and unable to travel.

Dr. Ramirez now devotes her days to showing students, at all levels, that “science is fun,” and serves as a science advisor to NOVA, Dragonfly TV, and the Exploratorium.  At Yale, she was the director of the award-winning science lecture series for area students, called Science Saturdays (  She strongly believes in the need for improving public understanding of the sciences.

Dr. Ramirez received her training in materials science and engineering from Brown University (Sc.B.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.).  She has authored more than 30 technical papers and holds six patents.  Her research has been awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the MIT MLK visiting professorship, and the MIT TR100 award for her invention of a solder that bonds to inorganic materials. 

"We are excited to welcome Dr. Ramirez to campus and look forward to her lecture. Her dynamic presentation will resonate with people from all walks of life and get everyone pumped about science,” said Dr. Christopher Meyers, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics.

All of the Kegley Institute of Ethics programs receive ongoing support from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union and San Joaquin Community Hospital.

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