May 2013 Women's
Maria Simani (1972–)
Maria Simani is Executive Director for the California Science Project (CSP), which provides professional development for science teachers. A physicist, Simani received her Ph.D. in the Netherlands and then was hired by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. There she analyzed data from experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. She also worked at the Sabes Laboratory at UC San Francisco on experiments identifying the neural basis of sensory-motor learning and adaptation in the brain. Simani's work at CSP focuses on identifying and addressing barriers that create gaps in opportunities for students to access STEM education.
A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math
The May Women's History online calendar shines a spotlight on five remarkable women who achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo and biographical material are courtesy of Maria Simani.