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Nicole Prause

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“Science needs to be fearless when approaching sexuality.”


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Nicole studies the science of the connection between our brains and our genitals. This sometimes gets her into lots of trouble, but she couldn’t care less.


Nicole wanted a Harley Davidson motorcycle from the time she was a little girl. Now she rides motorcycles all the time, and her goal is to eventually “die in a giant ball of fire.”

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Do Science)

Nicole Prause asks questions about human sexuality that scare other scientists. This also has an impact on her dating life.

Great Balls of Fire

Nicole Prause finally gets a Harley Davidson... and all hell breaks loose!

What Women (Don’t) Need

A bunch of men try to create a kind of "female viagra", but they forget to talk with the ladies about it.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.