Natalie Portman, Science Mentor

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Natalie Portman in 'Thor' (photo credit: Courtesy)

Natalie Portman in ‘Thor’ (photo credit: Courtesy)

It wouldn’t be presuming much to say there are more people who know that actress Natalie Portman has won an Oscar than people who know that she, a Harvard graduate, has also authored several published scientific papers.

“The truth is, I really do love science,” Portman says in a recent videoaimed at teenage girls, adding that her role as astrophysicist Jane Foster in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise “gave me the opportunity to explore science and all its amazing opportunities.”

The science enthusiast is lending her star power and support to an initiative encouraging girls in grades 9-12 throughout the United States to pursue careers in STEM, or “science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The Ultimate Mentor Adventure, a collaboration of Marvel, the National Academy of Sciences, Dolby Laboratories and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., helps female high school students find local female mentors to encourage their interests in STEM studies, and give them a glimpse of the kinds of careers they can aspire to.

Click here to read more.

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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