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The Hot Flashes? Cool! Exhibit

We’re building a new collective image of menopausal hot flashes that challenges myths, tackles misinformation, provides accurate and culturally appropriate information, prevents use of unproven treatments, spurs dialogue, and motivates social action.

Below is a preview of the exhibit – just two examples of the many pieces that make up the Hot Flashes? Cool! ExhibitTM

Brightly Colored Natural Flowers

Brightly colored natural flowers on different areas of the body show where hot flashes are felt by women in different cultures. The flowers evoke feelings of blossoming and blooming at menopause, and normalize the symptom as a natural part of life.

Information Overload

Each figure in the display case is dressed in period clothing and wears a banner with the decade number (1940’s, 1950’s, etc.). The women stand next to stacks of papers representing the face pages of all articles indexed in the PubMed search engine for that decade. This display validates feelings of confusion and information overload (i.e., ankle deep in the 1940’s, over her head in the 1990’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s literally and figuratively).

Meet Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN

Exhibit Creator

Janet is an Indiana University Distinguished Professor. She is known for her artistic abilities and nursing research on menopausal hot flashes. Janet has a special interest in combining her talents to transform the way scientific findings are shared with the public. As both scientist and artist, she moves beyond printed words in scientific journals to more aesthetically pleasing works that engage and educate the public. She has a special knack for taking complex information and distilling it down to a visual representation. Janet created and is leading the work on the Hot Flashes? Cool!TM exhibit.

With help from:

Sources of funding:

  • Research on the impact on the public was partially funded through an Independent Grant for Learning and Change from Pfizer, Inc.
  • Additional support provided by an Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploratory Travel Fellowship