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Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Professor, Department of Chemistry at UT Austin

At the University of Texas, Dr. Kate Biberdorf is breaking stereotypes and blowing stuff up—all in a good pair of heels. Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students that might otherwise be intimidated by science.

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At the University of Texas, Dr. Kate Biberdorf is breaking stereotypes and blowing stuff up—all in a good pair of heels. Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students that might otherwise be intimidated by science. Students’ emotional responses, rather than rote memorization of facts, is 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. Dr. Biberdorf is the author of Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments, a collection of 25 kid-friendly science experiments that come prepared with a messiness factor rating and a note from Kate about how each experiment works. She released Dragons vs. Unicorns, a children’s novel, in 2020. Her latest book is It’s Elemental: Chemistry in Everything, released in the Summer of 2021. It’s a chemistry guide that explains the science we experience every day.

Dr. Kate Biberdorf is a scientist, a science entertainer, and a 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 ShowThe Kelly Clarkson ShowNBC Nightly NewsThe Wendy Williams Show and Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

She is also the author of Kate The Chemist: 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 will learn how to make slime, fake tattoos, edible snot, glitter volcanoes and more—all with the help of step-by-step instructions, ingredients lists, stunning photographs, a messiness factor rating, safety reminders, and a note from Kate about how each fun-tastic experiment works!

She is also the author of the Kate the Chemist fiction series, which features a 10-year-old Kate, along with her friends and little brother Liam, solving problems in her community with the help of science! This series shows kids that science truly is everywhere.

In addition to the fiction series, the soon-to-be-released Dr. Kate Biberdorf’s It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry In Everything is about the ways we experience chemistry in everyday life.

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

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