ASU professor breaks stereotypes about cheerleaders and scientists

ASU professor of practice — and former NBA cheerleader — Darlene Cavalier started Science Cheerleader as a policy-focused blog. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now;

ASU professor of practice — and former NBA cheerleader — Darlene Cavalier started Science Cheerleader as a policy-focused blog.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now;

We’re digging this article in Arizona State University’s ASU Now publication today! Here’s a fun excerpt:

“Eleven percent of [NFL] professional cheerleaders are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math. (Compare that with Congress, where out of 535 representatives and senators, 0.37 percent, or two, are scientists.)

A group of about 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing science and technology degrees led by an Arizona State University professor are working to encourage women to join technical fields, inspire younger generations and entice the public into citizen science projects.”

Read the full article here.

Alexa Nieves, an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader and Honeywell Aerospace specialist. Photo by Jenna McGee/Honeywell

Alexa Nieves, an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader and Honeywell Aerospace specialist. Photo by Jenna McGee/Honeywell