Why It's Important To Have POC And Women Scientists On Wikipedia : Short Wave By day, Jess Wade is an experimental physicist at Imperial College London. But at night, she's a contributor to Wikipedia — where she writes entries about women and POC scientists. She chats with Emily Kwong about how Wikipedia can influence the direction of scientific research and why it's important to have entries about scientists from under-represented communities.

Here are the Wikipedia entries of the scientists mentioned in today's show: Sarah Gilbert, Kizzmekia Corbett, Gladys West, and of course, Jess Wade.

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One Page At A Time, Jess Wade Is Changing Wikipedia

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One Page At A Time, Jess Wade Is Changing Wikipedia

One Page At A Time, Jess Wade Is Changing Wikipedia

One Page At A Time, Jess Wade Is Changing Wikipedia

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Jess Wade demonstrates how a tornado forms using a water bottle.

Jess Wade

By day, Jess Wade is an experimental physicist at Imperial College London. But at night, she's a contributor to Wikipedia — where she writes entries about women and POC scientists. She chats with Emily Kwong about how Wikipedia can influence the direction of scientific research and why it's important to have entries about scientists from under-represented communities.

Here are the Wikipedia entries of the scientists mentioned in today's show: Sarah Gilbert, Kizzmekia Corbett, Gladys West, and of course, Jess Wade.

Email us at ShortWave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Viet Le, and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede.