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Darlene Cavalier


Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier is a senior advisor and contributor to Discover Magazine. She is on the ScienceDebate steering committee and is the founder of , a popular blog that advocates for increased adult science literacy and public involvement in science and science policy; the site also playfully challenges stereotypes and inspires young women to consider STEM careers. SciCheer recently teamed up with the NSF, NBC Sports and the NFL to create the Science of NFL Football series. Cavalier, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Boston Museum of Science, and Arizona State University, launched the first-of-its-kind, distributed network to enable participatory technology assessments for Congress and other policymakers.

Cavalier held executive positions at Walt Disney Publishing and worked at Discover Magazine for more than a decade. She was the principal investigator of a NSF grant applied to promote basic research through partnerships with Disney and ABC TV. She created Sally Ride’s Toy Challenge and other awards programs. Cavalier is the co-founder of, a website that connects regular people to real science projects they can do.

She earned her M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (2005) and her B.A. in Communications from Temple University (1991). She and her husband live in Philadelphia with their four young children (none of whom want anything to do with cheerleading).