Women in Science and Culture Celebration


Women in Science and
Culture Celebration

Thank you for making the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County's inaugural Women in Science and Culture celebration a success!

Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of our co-chairs, Vera Campbell and Diane G. Medina, and the generosity of our supporters like you, we raised over $160,000 to help ensure more girls have access to E-STEAM education and mentorship opportunities through programs like our new all-girls Adventures in Nature camp.

Welcoming over 255 attendees to the celebration on February 18, we honored the remarkable accomplishments of Chicana activist, artist and muralist, Barbara Carrasco and seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society. We were treated to a special performance by Los Lobos, and explored the virtual exhibition of Barbara’s mural L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective.

Our family of museums is dedicated to inspiring wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds, and are so grateful for your partnership in this. The work of inspiring a new generation to stay curious and be excellent stewards of our planet has never been more important or possible. If you would like to make a gift in support of E-STEAM education and mentorship, please contact Cristina Rosales, Director of Individual Giving, at crosales@nhm.org

Women in Science and culture 2021 Co-Chairs

Vera R. Campbell
Diane G. Medina, NHMLAC Board of Governors

Women in Science and Culture 2021 Honorees 
lucy jones headshot

Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. She is the author of the book The Big Ones (Doubleday, April 2018) and is also a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. 

Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. The aim is to understand and communicate where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and what actions can be taken to reduce the risk that are the most cost-effective. With a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT, Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction through seismological research and integrated disaster scenarios.

barbara carrasco headshot

Barbara Carrasco is an artist and muralist who has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America—most recently as part of ¡Murales Rebeldes! at LA Plaza de Culture y Artes and Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960–1985 at the Hammer Museum. Her works are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and Stanford University. She also worked with the United Farm Workers of America for many years, and even stored her landmark mural, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, at UFW’s headquarters for a period of time. 

L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective portrays the city’s history through a series of vignettes woven into the flowing hair of la Reina de Los Ángeles (the queen of Los Angeles). The mural was censored by the former Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), who originally commissioned Carrasco to create the mural for the city’s 1981 bicentennial. The CRA halted the project when the artist refused to remove 14 vignettes that the Agency deemed too controversial.

two girls examining a fossil

NHMLAC educational programs invite girls to explore STEM

girl campers adventures in nature

Having fun at camp can grow a love of learning

camp girls in collections room at NHM

Our museum educators bring the collection to life

camper with hula hoop adventures in nature

Help plant a love of nature and science

AIN campers sorting microfossils

AIN helps girls discover their future

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NHMLAC educational programs invite girls to explore STEM

Having fun at camp can grow a love of learning

Our museum educators bring the collection to life

Help plant a love of nature and science

AIN helps girls discover their future

Thank you to our generous donors


Joan Payden


Vera Campbell
Diane G. Medina


AJ Gallagher
Bel Air Investment Advisors
Esther Chui Chao
Heather and Dirk de Roos
Nancy and John Edwards
Randi Malkin and the Malkin Family


Geoff Anenberg
Yuval Bar-Zemer
Barbara Cambilargiu
Howard Deutchman
Kevin Jussila
Margaret Levy
Gregg and Lisa Martin
Christine Meleo Bernstein
Diane Naegele
Bob Smiland
Brig Troy


Paul Bessire
Maria Bsumek
Tom Jacobson and Ramone Muñoz
Rachel Levin
Mary Little
Rob and Christie Martin
Jay Mangel
Dawn McDivitt
Lorraine Merritt
Ilse Metchek
Caroline and Franklin Moser
Monica and John Shaffer 
Gary Weinhouse
Lewis Wolff