Actress Mayim Bialik doesn’t just play a scientist on the hit TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” she actually holds a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA.
Hollywood may not be the first place that comes to mind when looking for scientific inspiration, but Bialik is used to that. Best known in many circles as “Blossom” from the 1990s television series of the same name, she’s also known as Amy Farrah Fowler by fans of the “The Big Bang Theory” and Dr. Bialik in real life.
Bialik has dedicated a significant portion of her time to getting girls more interested in STEM careers by publicly telling the story of how she got hooked on science and spreading the message that girls should picture themselves as scientists.
Bialik is also the featured speaker of the National Science Teachers Association conference, which kicks off in Boston this week.
She was inspired to become a scientist on the set of “Blossom” when she had a female tutor who was a dental student. “It was literally one woman who sparked my interest in science,” she says in an interview with WTKR News Channel 3 in Hampton Roads.