2014 Stylish Scientist List


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October 2014. Future-ish is pleased to announce our fourth annual list of the world's most stylish scientists.

The individuals on our list are changing the world with their innovative research and changing stereotypes every time they make an appearance expressing their oh-so-stylish selves.

Unlike a simple 'best dressed' list, our Stylish Scientist List isn't about trends and expensive labels, its about individuals expressing themselves and their individuality in their life and work. The individuals on the list prove that along with doing fascinating research, scientists are fascinating people, from athletes and techies to chefs and yes...even fashionistas.

We hope that our many and diverse stylish scientists will serve as role models to inspire everyone - from middle-schoolers and the Mom next door to movie stars and musicians - to become inspired, informed, and engaged in the numerous fields of science, technology, engineering, and math that shape our future, as well as help us understand the past.

Looking for even more stylish scientists? Check out Allie Wilkinson's This is What a Scientist Looks Like Tumblr or our Stylish Scientist label with posts from Olya Yarychkivska on her blog, Lunarka's Treasure Box.


Want to nominate a stylish scientist for our next list? Our selection committee looks at 10 diverse variables including things like involvement in science, design, and culture, unique hobbies, STEM advocacy, and of course...a great personal sense of style. To nominate someone, simply send an email with a pic and short bio of the scientist (self-nominations are fab too) to studioF/at/future-ish/dot/com.


The Most Stylish Scientists of 2014
The 2014 list includes a wide range of scientists and researchers, from neuroscientists and archaeologists to physicists and technology experts - and they all prove that it is possible to be a person of both substance and style. Best of all, in 2014 we added ten more individuals to each of our lists.

Who made the list? Who is in the top spot...the world's most stylish scientist? Wait no further, the full 2014 Stylish Scientist List is here.

The 2014 most stylish scientists: Debbie Berebichez and Igor Stagljar.


The 2014 Stylish Scientist List - Women

Physicist and Financial Analyst, Dr. Debbie Berebichez

1. Debbie Berebichez | Physicist, Financial Analyst
2. Marga Gual Soler | Cell Biologist, Science Ambassador
3. Diane Nalini de Kirchkov | Physicist, Jazz Singer
4. Pardis Sabeti | Geneticist
5. Danielle N. Lee | Biologist, Hip Hop Mavin
6. Judy Lee | Engineer, Industrial Designer
7. Ayana Elizabeth | Marine Biologist
8. Crystal Dilworth | Neuroscientist
9. Olya Yarychkivska | Epigeneticist
10. Maile Taualii | Indigenous Health Researcher
11. Vanessa Galaviz | Environmental Health Scientist
12. Dámaris Anell (AKA Violetta) | Molecular Biologist
13. Holly Bik | Computational Biologist
14. Cynthia Breazeal | Social Robotics Pioneer
15. Temple Grandin | Animal Scientist, Autism Advocate
16. Iva Tolić-Nørrelykke | Biophysicist
17. Vandana Shiva | Philosopher, Ecologist, Activist
18. Feryal Özel | Astrophysicist
19. Shivani Bhalla | Conservation Biologist
20. Neri Oxman | Materials Scientist, Designer
21. Nina Tandon | Biomedical Engineer
22. Cathy Davidson | Digital Innovation Researcher
23. Kelly Edwards | Bioethics Researcher
24. Summer Ash | Astrophysicist
25. Kelly Dobos | Cosmetic Chemist
26. Alice Roberts | Clinical Anatomist
27. Kara Cooney | Egyptologist
28. Sasha Kramer | Ecologist
29. Lucie Green | Space Scientist
30. Amy Mainzer | Astronomer


The 2014 Stylish Scientist List - Men

Molecular Biologist, Igor Stagljar

1. Igor Stagljar | Molecular Biologist
2. Pradiip Alvarez | Astrophysicist
3. Brian Cox | Physicist, TV Host, Musician
4. David Close | Fisheries Biologist
5. Jason De León | Anthropologist
6. Don Vaughn | Neuroscientist, Model, Musician
7. Antonio Serrano | Biochemist, Astrobiologist
8. André Fenton | Neurobiologist
9. Howard Rheingold | Communications Researcher
10. Chris Emdin | STEM Educator
11. Wallace J. Nichols | Marine Biologist, Activist
12. Oliver Harris | Archeologist
13. Taylor Wilson | Nuclear Scientist
14. Fiorenzo Omenetto | Biophotonics Scientist
15. Bill Nye | The Science Guy
16. Bobak Ferdowski | Systems Engineer
17. Jarod Miller | Zoologist
18. Dylan Burdette | Structural Biologist, Musician, Biker
19. Travis Taylor | Physicist
20. Nate Ball | Mechanical Engineer
21. Martin Hanczyc | Chemical Physicist
22. Chris Ing | Computational Scientist
23. Kirk French | Anthropologist
24. Aaron O'Connell | Physicist
25. Peter McGraw | Psychologist
26. Kevin Slavin | Game Designer, Algorithm Guru
27. Guillaume Fiquet | Geochemist
28. Dan Hooper | Astrophysicist
29. David Gruber | Marine Biologist
30. Garrett Lisi | Theoretical Physicist, Surfer

SeanChron | Das Triadische Ballett

A new friend of mine recently introduced me to Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet) by Oskar Schlemmer and I feel compelled to share it far and wide because it is one of the most creative things I have come across in a long time. What blows my mind is that it was originally imagined in 1912 but it still seems way ahead of its time even today. The image above and video below are of a 1970 performance of the ballet.



Conceptualized in 1912, the ballet had a partial debut in 1916 and then a full debut in 1922, both in Stuttgart. Music was by Paul Hindemith and the original dancers were Albert Burger und Elsa Hötzel. The opus became one of the key showpieces and ambassador of the Bauhaus movement in the 1920s and beyond. The piece explores figure and space in a sort of choreographed geometry and consists of a male dancer and two female dancers in twelve dances that take place in three rooms that represent different moods.

in three room dance, dance form and dance gesture. Three dancers (one dancer and two dancers) dance twelve dances in a total of eighteen costumes.

Several original costumes from the ballet along with other Schlemmer works are kept at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Aa major exhibition of Schlemmer's works will be part of Visionen Einen Neuen Velt (Visions of a New World) November 21, 2014 - June 6, 2015 at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.

Images below are from the 1989 performance of Das Triadische Ballett by the Theater Instituut Nederland in Amsterdam, short video here.



Images below are from the 2014 performance of Das Triadische Ballett in Munich by the Bayerisches Staatsballett.



SeanChron | Drunk History's Sports Heroes


I have been a HUGE fan of Drunk History for a LONG time. Where else can you get schooled on history AND celebrate drunkenness in all its glory. Ok, well maybe Mad Men as well. But Drunk History is much more fun.

I have to say that Season 2, Episode 9 "Sports Heroes" is one of my favorite episodes yet. All the stories were fantastic, as always, but it is the segment on Native American athlete Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) that moved me to write up a quick post since the show hits two of our big areas of interest here at Future-ish...design (entertainment industry) and culture. Add to that combination the fact that I competed in modern pentathlon (one of the sports Jim Thorpe excelled in) for several years AND that Jason Momoa, one of my favorite actors, played Jim Thorpe and how could I not love it.

Back in 2011, I waxed on about how in addition to more money and attention being needed in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) in schools and colleges, we also needed the same for CHAT subjectsn (culture, humanities, ancestry, and traditions). I think Drunk History has made huge strides in bringing history to the forefront and making it fun again.

Nod Ring


Consider it wearable Bluetooth bling...we're in love with the new Nod ring that controls devices through hand gestures. From viewing photos to turning virtual pages and games to gadgets, we agree that Nod is the start of something big in wearable technology. One thing is for, the idea of being married to technology just got real.

Maryam Mirzakhani Wins Fields Medal

Image credit: Maryam Mirzakhani

The equation for getting young women interested in math just got simplified. In August 2014, Stanford Math Professor Maryam Mirzakhani won the Fields Medal. Considered the Nobel of prize of mathematics, it is the the first time a female has received the award in it's 80 year history, as well as the first time an Iranian has won the medal.



Advanced Style | Blog & New Film Celebrate our Stylish Elders


Here at Future-ish, especially with our Stylish Scientist List, we often get labelled as promoting too much consumerism, fashion, etc. What we have always felt is that true style, the essence of style is about expressing yourself and your individuality in all of the personal lifestyle choices you make...in fashion, in food, in travel, etc. We can't think of a better example of exactly this point than the internationally renowned blog Advanced Style that has now made it's way into a full documentary (see video below).

Curated and written by Ari Seth Cohen, the blog and film project highlight some of our most creative and stylish 'Elders' in New York City and around the world, schooling us all on how to live life to the fullest. What is clear form Cohen's sparkling subjects is that expressing oneself and one's individuality only gets better with age.

hitchBOT | Robot Road Trip


If you don't know about hitchBOT, you should. It is the unfolding story of a little robot that could...make it all the way across Canada on it's own. hitchBOT's journey makes us conjure up Kerouac adventures, Motorcycle Diaries, and all sorts of human road trip stories. Can't wait to see how hitchBOT's trek turns out at the end of its summer excursion. Probably one of the first times a robot has been out on its own in the human world.

SeanChron | Kapa-Dyeing Class

The many colors of Kapa dyes

2 August 2014 | I had the great pleasure and honor of taking a kapa-dyeing class during my recent vacation on Maui. Held at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, the class was led by Kumus Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond and Auntie Lei Ishikawa.

Kumus Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond and Aunty Lei Ishikawa leading the class

Maʻo hau hele (hibiscus) for blue Kapa dye

ʻUkiʻuki for blue Kapa dye

Maʻo hau hele afta boiled

Māmaki leaves for brown Kapa dye

Māmaki Kapa dye in action

Kalo ʻEleʻele (taro) for red Kapa dye

The product of my day of Kapa dyeing (though these swatches are actually cotton). Mahalo nui loa to Kumu Lisa and Kumu Lei for such a wonderful class! Da dyes are so nani!

Mahalo to Lisa and Auntie Lei for teaching such a wonderful class and to all my classmates for putting up with the haole. Can't wait to try some dyes at home.