No Belles is a dramatic production about women scientists and the Nobel prize. Portal Theatre is a theater company based in Portland, OR, whose play “No Belles” focuses on the lives of women scientists who won Nobel Prizes and some who did not. It was performed at the Fall 2017 ACS meeting in Washington, DC, and the CA Section WCC have arranged for it to be shown in the San Francisco Bay Area to benefit and inspire young women STEM students, in particular, and be accessible to all students aspiring to become the scientists of tomorrow.
It all started with a t-shirt.
On the t-shirt were five women, all scientists, but only one (Marie Curie) that we were familiar with. Who were these women? Why didn’t we know their names? Two of the five were Nobel winners, the other three either did science that wasn’t in a Nobel category, or for whatever reason didn’t get the prize. And, we were curious.
The Portal Theater Company started researching these and other women in science, and they came upon a startling discovery. Out of the 597 individual Nobel Prize winners in the sciences, only 17 have been women. And beside Marie Curie (who actually won the Prize twice, in two different sciences), we didn’t know a single one of them. In our research, they began to uncover extraordinary stories about these women, and marveledat the advancements their discoveries have made, how the science they worked on has bettered humankind in many, many ways, and how some of their work has literally saved countless lives.
And, they thought: why don’t we tell their stories?
While it would take us pages to list all the men who have won Nobel Prizes, it won’t take us long to list the women. Here they are.
- In Physics: Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert Mayer
- In Chemistry: Marie Curie, Irene Joliot-Curie, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, and Ada Yonath
- In Physiology or Medicine: Gerty Theresa Corie, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Gertrude Elion, Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Linda Buck, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, Carol Greider, Elizabeth Blackburn, May-Britt Moser, and Youyou Tu.
In No Belles, the focus in on three women (Rosalyn Yalow, Rita Levi-Montalcini, and Rosalind Franklin), while telling a number of the other women’s stories in short form.
Presentation about the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Dr. Dan Edwards will be giving a presentation about the recent Nobel Prize awarded in Chemistry. Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith, and Sir Gregory P. Winter were awarded the Prize for their work that “harnessed the power of evolution” to benefit humanity.
Finger foods provided.
San Rafael –What do paintings, sculpture, photographs – in fact, all matter –have in common? Elements! Whether created in the Big Bang or in modern science labs, everything we experience as matter is made up of Elements, substances consisting of a single type of atom.
The United Nations has proclaimed 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements, in honor of the Table’s 150th anniversary. https://www.iypt2019.org/ELEMENTS, a national fine arts exhibition at the Marin Society of Artists in San Rafael, is one of the first events of this worldwide celebration! We have invited artists to interpret the theme of Elements in whatever way brings it to life for them – from alchemy to particle physics to wacky whimsy, an Element’s mystique, mythology, discovery, uses throughout history, use in art, the magical areas between the particles of the atoms, philosophical or mystical flights of fancy.
The exhibition opens on January 10, 2019, and continues through February 2, 2019. The public is invited to come explore what artists have to say about the Elements. Each artwork will be accompanied by a label explaining its connection to the theme. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. All are welcome to join us for the reception for the artists on Friday, January 11, 2019; this is in conjunction with the San Rafael 2nd Friday Art Walk. Chemists are especially welcome to attend!
The Marin Society of Artists is a non-profit organization promoting the arts in the community since 1927. In partnership with non-profit organizations and others it provides a broad array of arts opportunities, encouraging artists at all stages of development and the general public to explore and incorporate art in their lives. The Main Gallery showcases a new display of original art every month, most available for purchase.