We are proud to share news about I-House alumna Dr. Marian Diamond (IH 1949-52).
In conjunction with the PBS broadcast of My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, the City of Berkeley will proclaim March 14th as Marian Diamond Day. The event will take place in Berkeley on March 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Old City Hall along with the documentary screening from 7-9 p.m.
Marian Diamond was honored with the I-House Alumni Faculty Award at our 2016 Gala for advancing the principles of I-House every day. A true trailblazer, Dr. Diamond has experienced many firsts in her life – she was the first woman ever admitted to UC Berkeley’s Department of Anatomy, and the first to discover the secrets of Albert Einstein’s brain.
About the film My Love Affair with the Brain:
How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable because it began during an era when so few women entered science at all. Shouted at from the back of the conference hall by noteworthy male academics as she presented her research, and disparaged in the scientific journals of a more conservative era, Dr. Diamond simply did the work and followed where her curiosity led her, bringing about a paradigm shift (or two) in the process. As she points out, in order to get to the answers that matter, you have to start by asking the right questions.
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