Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z: Leslea Hlusko Reads “R Is for Rachel Carson”

Continuing the string of incredible women we’ve been lucky enough to have in our offices, paleontologist and UC Berkeley professor Leslea Hlusko came by to read the “R is for Rachel Carson” entry in Rad American Women A-Z. Leslea shares how her relationship with Rachel Carson and Carson’s revolutionary ideas about pesticides began, showing us the worth of taking time to learn the stories of every woman we meet.

This is the next installment in the video series from City Lights where we ask women we admire to read their favorite entry of our New York Times-bestselling children’s book,  Rad American Women A-Zand answer some questions about what it means to be a rad woman today. The book is authored by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl and published by City Lights/Sister Spit.

Leslea Hlusko is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Her research investigates how genes influence skeletal variation and how that has evolved through time, with a special interest in understanding our own evolution. Her team has found some of the earliest hominid fossils. The flip side of Leslea’s research, however, lands her about as far as one can get from prospecting for four million year old hominid fossils in Ethiopia. Her alter ego takes thousands of incredibly detailed measurements of teeth belonging to a colony of baboons at a hi-tech biomedical research facility in San Antonio, Texas. In her spare time, she teaches a large undergraduate course on human biological variation.


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