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Brave Girls Virtual Story Time: June Almeida, Virus Detective!

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Join author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Elisa Paganelli for a live reading with Q&A of their new book, June Almeida, Virus Detective!

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Calling all Brave Girls! Join author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Elisa Paganelli for a live reading with Q&A of their new book June Almeida, Virus Detective!: The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus (Sleeping Bear Press, 2021). Two lucky participants will win a free copy of June Almeida! Winners must be in attendance.

The National Women’s History Museum strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter or captioning, please email history@womenshistory.org at least 7 days in advance of the program.

June Almeida loved learning about science and nature. An excellent student, she was especially interested in biology and won the top science prize at her school. Creative and observant, June noticed details that others often missed. She dreamed of attending university but economic hardships caused her to leave school at age 16. Still, June was determined to pursue her passion for science. She was hired by a local hospital to work in its lab, using a microscope to magnify and examine cells. Her work helped doctors treat patients. June later worked in labs in London and in Toronto. Her skill in using the electron microscope to examine cells and help identify viruses earned her promotion and respect in the science community. When June was 34 years old, she discovered the first human coronavirus. Her groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.


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