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Gwinn Science Lecture

Science department chair Dr. Daniel Goduti presented Dr. Sarah McAnulty with a plaque commemorating her visit to The Haverford School. 

Dr. Sarah McAnulty explored the diverse world of cephalopods during the William Edward Gwinn '86 Memorial Science Lecture. 

Dr. McAnulty, a squid biologist, science communicator, and the founder of Skype a Scientist, discussed the complexity of squids and the nature of her work both in the United States and abroad.

McAnulty is passionate about expanding the perception of who a scientist is, noting that science is for everyone and that there are diverse career paths available in the sciences. 

She reminded the boys to find their passions and find ways to make them intersect, as she did merging her interests in both immunology and squids.

“It is a matter of carving that niche out for yourself and working toward your goals,” said McAnulty.

After her lecture, McAnulty spent time with Upper School boys interested in the sciences and cephalopods in the Durham Community Room. While on campus, McAnulty also visited a fourth grade science class, who was covering a unit related to McAnulty's background as a squid biologist.


About Dr. Sarah McAnulty

Dr. Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and science communicator. She is also the executive director of Skype a Scientist, which connects scientists from around the world with classrooms for virtual learning sessions. A major goal of her work is to clear up misconceptions about who scientists are. She is active on social media and actively creates content that highlights the many ways one can engage in science.

Dr. McAnulty earned a bachelor's degree in marine science from Boston University and her PhD. from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. McAnulty lives in Philadelphia and grew up in the greater Philadelphia area.

About the Lecture Series

The William Edward Gwinn '86 Memorial Science Lecture was established by Byrd and Molly Gwinn in memory of their son, Will Gwinn ’86, who achieved the highest academic honors at The Haverford School and died of leukemia in his junior year. The Gwinns established a prize and lectureship in his memory to bring a distinguished scientist each year to address Upper School students.

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Gwinn Speakers

2021: Dr. John Pruett '86, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis 

2019: Alizé Carrère, National Geographic 

2018: Dr. David Sternberg '08, NASA

2017: Dr. Leila Deravi, Northeastern University

2016: Dr. R.V. Paul Chan '91, University of Illinois-Chicago 

2015: Dr. Megan McCain, University of Southern California

2014: Dr. Anil Rustgi

2013: Dr. Steve Galetta

2012: Dr. Bill Weber

2011: Dr. Ken Ford

2010: Dr. Autumn Fiester

2009: Dr. Mitchell Lazar

2008: Dr. Paul Offit