Science on Screen® – Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm – “Elevating Voices and Bridging Worlds for Women in STEM”

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.

Director: Alexandra Dean
Writer: Alexandra Dean
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Hom


“Elevating Voices and Bridging Worlds for Women in STEM” will feature four women sharing their stories, work, and thoughts about creating supportive spaces, navigating challenges, and charting the course for girls and women in STEM fields.

Panelists for the evening include Carlan Gray, Michelle Kortenaar, Jai Sweet, and Jennifer Wilkie.

  • Carlan Gray is a local educator who is currently working as the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Ithaca High School. Her love and background is in teaching Biology at all levels. She has worked for several years to build opportunities for women in STEM fields in our schools.
  • Michelle Kortenaar is VP of Strategic Development at the Sciencenter. Before her current role, Michelle was senior director of Engagement and Learning where she led the team that developed the Sciencenter’s Future Science Leaders – a middle school program designed to be welcoming of girls.
  • Jai Sweet is the Senior Director of Student Development and Academic Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in higher education and has spent the last 20 years engaged in a variety of efforts to diversify the veterinary profession and to develop confident veterinary graduates.
  • Jennifer Wilkie has a passion for science and believes in the importance of learning all we can about the world to do good in it. She has worked as an educator for elementary and graduate students, and is currently a teacher on special assignment in Ithaca City Schools, supporting teacher professional development, especially in STEM, to provide a more equitable education for all.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.