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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Sunday • May 28 • 4pm

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Lab Girl

Join Garden Reads book club for a lively discussion of this month's book!

Award-winning scientist Hope Jahren transcends both memoir and scientific writing in this literary fusion. As she grows from a child playing in her father's classroom labs to student to scientist running university laboratories, Jahren eloquently draws parallels between her subjects and herself, offering an educational and unexpectedly poetic glimpse into the complex, beautiful worlds of trees, leaves, and seeds. Throughout her professional journey runs another story—the chronicle of her remarkable friendship with a disaffected young genius named Bill who becomes both her lab partner and her sarcastic, caring best friend. For Jahren, a life in science yields the gratification of asking, knowing, and telling; for the reader, the joy is in hearing about the process as much as the results.

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No Image Available Hope Jahren was born and grew up in small-town southeastern Minnesota, just a few miles north of the Iowa border. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and then took an Assistant Professor position at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1999 she was hired by Johns Hopkins University and went on to become the first woman ever to be promoted with tenure within their Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (est. 1876). In 2008 she was hired to build the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories at the University of Hawaii. She is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She has been the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and in 2005, Popular Science named her one of the "Brilliant 10" young scientists in the United States. She currently resides in Oslo, Norway with her husband, their son, and their Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog.

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