Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/7/2012

Saturday Vids: Shree Bose, Teenage Cancer Researcher

Shree Bose

Shree Bose has inspired me since I learned that she was the Grand Prize winner of the Google Global Science Fair. As her TEDxwomen’s speaker’s page describes: “[Shree's] award-winning project involved the study of a particular protein, AMP kinase, of interest in cancer cells. Through tests on inhibiting this protein’s activity, her research determined its extreme importance in the development of chemotherapy resistance. She proposed a new way to treat resistant patients when they no longer respond to the chemotherapy drug. For the over 240,000 patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer, this research will reduce the recurrence rates in patients treated with particular chemotherapy drugs.” Pretty amazing, considering she just graduated high school. I wanted to share with everybody Shree’s entry for the Women’s Media Center’s Girls State of the Union video contest as well as her TEDxwomen talk — just in case there was still any lingering doubt that women belong in the fields of math and science.

Girls State of the Union

TEDxWomen (Shree’s speech is from 5:00-10:20)

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  • Lavender_Pepper @ at 1:45 pm, July 8th, 2012

    I am so happy to see STEM students (especially young women) encouraged to follow such research. At the same time, it frustrates me to know that there is such inequality between different schools. For example, I tutor, and some kids have biology classes where the school can’t afford dissections (animal-rights issues aside) or chemistry classes where ALL they do is chemical equations and can’t experiments because the school can’t afford the materials or insurance to have labs. Don’t even get me started on schools who can’t afford AP courses or more than one language teacher. Oi!

    I am so glad that these young women are able to utilize their resources to this potential. But imagine what it would be like if EVERYONE in ALL THE SCHOOLS had these opportunities.

    We would have the bestest women scholar corps in THE WORLD!!! And no cancer.

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