Scilebrites – Natalie Portman

Almost everybody knows Natalie Portman as a great actor and she has the awards to back it up, but what a lot of people don’t know is beside her on-screen credits, Portman is a Harvard graduate with a degree in Psychology.

It seems that her education is more important to her than her career in film. In 2008 she told Fox News, “I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”

Natalie portnam thor 2
Natalie Portman in Thor 2

Don’t think for a moment that she just has a degree hanging on the wall as a display piece, no no no, she has been published in two, yes count it two, scientific journals.

The first while still a high school student at Syosset high school on Long Island, Portman co-authored a paper titled “A simple method to demonstrate the enzymatic production of hydrogen from sugar”

The other paper on which Portman is listed as the co-author was from 2001 and is titled ” Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: Data from near-infrared Spectroscopy.

But it doesn’t stop there though; she has also given talks at STEM’s (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) conferences to encourage more young girls to pursue a career in science.

We salute you Natalie Portman; you are an inspiration to us all.

 Stay Curious – C.Costigan

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