Girls, Meet Your New Role Model

Felisa Wolfe-Simon is the young scientist behind the 'new life' discovery
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2010 3:25 PM CST
Updated Dec 5, 2010 10:36 AM CST

(Newser) Jezebel has a girl crush, and it's a good one. Meet Felisa Wolfe-Simon, the lead scientist behind the whiz-bang discovery about potential new life forms. Though only in her early 30s by "standard graduation-year math," she is already "insanely accomplished by anyone's standards," writes Irin Carmon. She's also a model in varied interests, with a double degree in biology/chemistry and oboe performance from Oberlin, plus a Ph.D in oceanography from Rutgers.

And she's no stuffy science suit: "She has a nose ring, and her nickname is Iron Lisa," writes Carmon. "In addition to playing oboe, she can rock the bass guitar. And, judging by this photo on her Facebook community page, where you can 'like' her, she used to have pink hair." So take that, Lindsay and Britney. And "Congrats on being awesome, Felisa!" More details at Wolfe-Simon's website here.

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