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The heroines STEM: Ten women in science you should know
Science is often considered a male-dominated field. In fact, according to United Nations data, less than 30% of scientific researchers worldwide are women. Studies have shown that women are discouraged from, or become less interested in, entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) beginning at a young age. And according to the Pew Research Center, women remain underrepresented in engineering, computer science and physical science. But despite challenges of gender discrimination and lack of recognition in the scientific community, countless inspiring women in these fields have made historic contributions to science and helped advance understanding of the world around us. Many were not recognized in their own lifetimes, but their achievements have helped generations of female scientists to come. We all learned about Marie Curie and Jane Goodall, but here are 10 more women in science you should know.
Posted on 08 Feb 2020
Meet The Amazing Women Of Chemistry
Read the collection of interviews, profiles, and career snapshots of women in the molecular sciences C&EN has compiled.
Posted on 06 Jan 2020
100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics to Follow in 2019 and beyond
Meet the women working relentlessly to save humanity from the dark side of AI. We live in very challenging times. The pervasiveness of bias in AI algorithms and autonomous ''killer'' robots looming on the horizon, all of which necessitate an open discussion and immediate action to address the perils of unchecked AI. The decisions we make today will determine the fate of future generations.
Posted on 16 Dec 2019
Meet the Mighty Women of NASA's New Astronaut Class
When NASA announced its newest class of astronaut candidates, it included five inspiring women! NASA received a record-breaking number of applicants for this astronaut class - over 18,000 in all - and the class itself has twelve members, their largest since the year 2000. ''These women and men deserve our enthusiastic congratulations,'' said retired astronaut and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa. ''Children all across the United States right now dream of being in their shoes someday. We here at NASA are excited to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them to inspire the next generation of explorers.'' The astronaut candidates have two years of training in front of them before they're ready to break Eart's atmosphere, but in the meantime, space-loving Mighty Girls have five new role models to look up to! In this blog post, we introduce you to these five remarkably talented women. And, to inspire children who dream of their own careers in space, at the end of the post, we've showcased a variety of girl-empowering books and toys about shooting for the stars!
Posted on 01 Dec 2019
Black Woman Who Helped Create The Gps Finally Gets Some Recognition
Inspired by the re-telling of her sorority sister's engineering success in the now classic film ''Hidden Figures'', a Virginia woman named Gladys West is coming forward with her hidden history and involvement in created a technology most of us use everyday - GPS. As it turns out, like her sorority sister, West is also an important forgotten figure of technological advancement in the U.S. before and during the Civil Rights movement. This time, its West's work on the modern day GPS system during her 42-year career at the Navy base in Dahlgren where her work was essential to her team which developed the Global Positioning System in the 1950s and 1960s.
Posted on 27 Nov 2019
How I learned to teach like a scientist
After a fulfilling career as a college biology professor, Sally G. Hiskins was retiring. ''What will you miss most?'' a colleague asked. Her answer was something that, 30 years ago, she would never have expected herself to say: ''I will miss the creativity of teaching.'' When she was a new faculty member, she considered teaching a necessary evil that took me away from the lab bench. She wanted to focus on research, guiding graduate students in what she hoped would be groundbreaking studies on nerve growth. She believed imagination lived not in the classroom, but in the laboratory - to be used for inventing techniques, designing experiments, and interpreting data. But when her life took an unexpected turn, she realized how wrong she has been.
Posted on 18 Nov 2019
30 women in robotics you need to know about – 2019
From Mexican immigrant to MIT, from Girl Power in Latin America to robotics entrepreneurs in Africa and India, the 2019 annual ''women in robotics you need to know about'' list is here! Robohub has featured 150 women so far, from 2013 to 2018, and this time they are not stopping at 25. They are featuring 30 inspiring #womeninrobotics because robotics is growing and there are many new stories to be told.
Posted on 22 Oct 2019
Meet Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer, And The Social Technologist Who Founded Day In Her Name
The Ada Lovelace Day, a global celebration designed to shine a giant, is deserving a spotlight on the achievements of inspiring women in science, technology, engineering and math… past and present! Held every year since 2009 on the second Tuesday of October, the aim of this day is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM. It doesn't get much WYSKier than this. The woman who devised this brilliant idea that quickly became a global day of recognition is Suw Charman-Anderson, a social technologist, journalist and writer. It was her response to ''online discussions about the lack of women on stage at tech conferences.'' As a woman in tech herself, Suw realized that ''the issue wasn't a lack of women, but their invisibility.'' Ada Lovelace Day remains her effort to change that, and she named it in honor of the woman who is recognized as the first computer programmer.
Posted on 22 Oct 2019
How to make biodegradable 'plastic' from cactus juice
The Mexican researcher Sandra Pascoe Ortiz has discovered a way to turn cactus leaves into a material with similar properties to plastic. She says it's not toxic and is biodegradable. In the video you can see a short representation of how does she do it.
Posted on 22 Sep 2019
The Trailblaing Astronomer Who Wouldn't Take ''No Women'' For An Answer
She conducted groundbreaking work on the origin of elements, had a keen fascination with the galaxies and once refused a women's award in the name of equality. Apart from her groundbreaking work on the origin of elements, Burbidge is interested in galaxies, extremely distant and luminous cosmic objects that harbour supermassive black holes called quasars, and in the theory of a steady-state universe, an alternative to the Big Bang theory. Her life and work has influenced generations of astronomers and left an impressive legacy of discoveries. She achieved all this at a time when women often found their path to a career in science barred. Burbidge recently turned 100. This is a great opportunity for generations of scientists who have been influenced by her, either personally or through her work, to celebrate the life of this truly stellar astronomer.
Posted on 03 Sep 2019

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