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mayim.jpg "Blossom" star Mayim Bialik feels strange about being called a celebrity environmentalist. It's not that she's not proud of devoting so much time and energy to being green, it's just that "green" has become such a trendy thing these days. For Bialik, saving energy and resources has always been a way of life. "I was just sort of that kid who was really into this stuff, but nobody else was. It was more of a quirk."

Bialik will be at the Hynes Convention Center on Sunday to speak about holistic and green parenting as part of Down:2:Earth (D2E), a weekend convention about sustainable living. The actress has plenty to say about the topic. She's a part of the diaper-free movement and makes many of her own baby products. "What [babies] need is usually in our arms," she told us by phone the other day. We're sure local mom and self-described green gal Gisele Bundchen would agree.

For the record, Bialik, 34, was almost a local, years ago. She was accepted to Harvard when she was a teen, but was contractually obligated to remain on the West Coast for "Blossom." By the time she was done with the '90s sitcom, the Hub was no longer an option. "Two years later, Harvard did not honor my deferral," she said, adding that she's not bitter. "As it is, I’m pretty happy that I stayed where my parents are. I ended up meeting my husband at UCLA. A public education was really perfect for me." Bialik wound up getting a PhD in neuroscience. Bialik tells us she plans to spend her weekend checking out what she missed in Boston. She has already taught her young son all about the Boston Tea Party and plans to visit some of the historical sites with him.

Besides racking up degrees and raising eco-conscious kids, Bialik is also back on television. She has recurring roles on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "'Til Death," and recently signed up for a run on the comedy "The Big Bang Theory." She'll play a love interest for Jim Parsons's geeky character Sheldon.

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Mark Shanahan joined The Boston Globe in 2003, having worked previously at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall, and the Lewiston Sun-Journal, where he was the education reporter. A Northampton native and graduate of Bates College, Shanahan enjoys the usual - books, music, movies, etc. - as well as the unusual.
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