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Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Chemistry Professor
Kate The Chemist

Dr. Kate Biberdorf is a chemist, science entertainer, and professor at The University of Texas. Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students who might otherwise be intimidated by science. Students' emotional responses, rather than rote memorization of facts, are key to Biberdorf's dynamic approach to her program, as well as science in general. Her exciting and engaging program leaves audiences with a positive, memorable impression of science—all while diminishing the stigma around women in science. She has appeared on The Today Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBC Nightly News, the Wendy Williams Show, the Rachael Ray Show, the Nick Cannon Show and Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

She is the author of the bestseller The Big Book of Experiments, a full-color non-fiction book featuring 25 fun, kid-friendly experiments kids can do in their own kitchens. Readers learn how to make slime, fake tattoos, edible snot, glitter volcanoes and more! It was such a hit with kids across the country that Amazon selected it as one of their Best Books of 2020! Dr. Biberdorf's much anticipated follow-up book, The Awesome Book of Edible Experiments, is packed with 25 edible science experiment recipes kids can do in their own kitchen. Kids can make their own chocolate-covered pretzels, ice cream, and pretzel bites, all while learning the science behind their cooking.

The fun doesn't stop there! She is also the author of the Kate the Chemist fiction series that features a 10-year-old Kate the Chemist who, along with her friends and little brother Liam, solves problems in her community with the help of science! This five-book series shows kids that science truly is everywhere. The School Library Journal commented that the series "proves that science and fun go together like molecules in a polymer."

In addition to the fiction series, Dr. Biberdorf released her first nonfiction book for adults: It's Elemental; The Hidden Chemistry in Everything. This page-turner is about the ways we experience chemistry in our every day life. In It's Elemental, Kate demystifies the fundamental principles of the science that may have eluded you in high school and shows how chemistry comes alive in everything we do. In a glowing starred review, Publishers Weekly raves "Readers will come away with an appreciation of how crucial—and how cool—chemistry actually is."

Dr. Biberdorf lives in Austin Texas with her husband, two dogs, and one very grumpy cat.

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Events featuring Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Events featuring Dr. Kate Biberdorf