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The Invisible Woman
Katharine Burr Blodgett was the first female scientist hired by General Electric. Her work was truly invisible, deliberately so.Physicist Katharine Burr Blodgett is a pioneer for women in science and an inspiration this Women's History Month. Today, variations of Blodgett's non-reflective glass invention is still used for eyeglasses, car windshields, and computer screens. Learn more about Katherine Burr Blodgett and her incredible contributions to science and society.
Posted on 14 Mar 2019
Infographic: What Makes a Brain Smart?
Scientists have proposed a variety of features that influence one's ability to remember things and solve problems. The biological basis for variations in human intelligence is not well understood, but research in neuroscience, psychology, and other fields has begun to yield insights into what may undergird such differences. One well-known hypothesis, backed by evidence from brain scans and studies of people with brain lesions, proposes that intelligence is seated in particular clusters of neurons in the brain, many of them located in the prefrontal and parietal cortices. Known as the fronto-parietal integration, the hypothesis holds that the structure of these areas, their activity, and the connections between them vary among individuals and correlate with performance on cognitive tasks.
Posted on 21 Feb 2019
6 Inspiring Women Changing Tech and Business This New Year
The tech industry has proven time and time again that there's nowhere to go but up, and proof of this lies with the fact that some of the deserving heroes behind this growth are actually heroines. Women may not populate the industry as much as their male counterparts, but just stop a moment and take a look at all the awards and conferences out there now dedicated to women in tech and business. Women are stepping up to the challenge. Until the time comes when the industry offers all women equal opportunity and representation, the following six up-and-coming women are role models and evidence of female leaders making tech waves from multiple corners of the globe.
Posted on 28 Jan 2019
The Best female Scientists In Film
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word scientist? It's most likely an intelligent type wearing a white lab coat with round-rimmed glasses. And more than likely, you see the scientist as a male. Scientists in film and movies are typically no different than the character type you have in your head. However, sometimes the script calls for a slight spin on archetype. These are the best female scientists in film. Several different areas of science are represented on this list. There are anthropologists, forensic specialists, astrophysicists, biologists, archeologists, astrobiologists, and meteorologists. Some of the females on this list are real people, like Dian Fossey (Gorillas in the Mist), who risked her life in order to save a rare species of mountain gorillas in Africa. Clara McMillen (Kinsey), a biologist, aided her husband’s ground-breaking research that ultimately linked science and sexual behavior. Most of the female characters on this list are fictional and their roles as scientists play a vital part in the narratives of the films they are in. Sure, everyone thinks of Peter Parker when The Amazing Spider-Man is mentioned. But what about Gwen Stacey? Without Stacey, Spider-Man could not have stopped Dr. Connors, and the fine people of New York City would have been turned into human lizards. It doesn’t matter whether these female scientists are trying to contact aliens or find the cure for a deadly monkey virus. Their dedication and intelligence is apparent all over the silver screen.
Posted on 16 Dec 2018
5 questions: Penn neuroscientist examines how the brain controls when and why we eat
2018 Fellow of L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Dr. Amber Alhadeff recently chatted with the Philadelphia Inquirer about how her research is helping us understand how our brain controls our eating behavior. ''My own interest in science was prompted when I started running marathons more than 10 years ago. At the time, I realized how important what we eat is for performance. I realized how important what we eat is for a lot of human diseases. I became really interested in how the body controls what we eat.''
Posted on 26 Nov 2018
World's Top 10 Great Female Programmers Of All Time
''Most of the successful programmers are male'' this is one of the many common misconceptions about programmers. Female programmers are often seen out of the spotlight and their contribution is less known to the world. Today we've decided to bring a list of top 10 female programmers whose contribution played a huge role in the field of computer science and information technology.
Posted on 21 Oct 2018
How Bad Is The Tech Gender Gap In Sweden?
It's commonly thought that Nordic countries lead the way in gender equality in the world and Sweden especially can brag about having the highest score on gender equality within the European Union.This is due to a number of decade-long policies and efforts around raising social awareness, especially by highly engaged feminist activists.But it's also painfully obvious to anyone who works in tech in Sweden that this overall equality has not rubbed off on our industry.There are plenty of organizations that have taken upon them to do what they can to make tech more gender equal - TechEQ, Womengineer and DataTjej, to name a few .
Posted on 21 Sep 2018
Closing The Gap Between Men and Women in STEM
Gender inequality in the workplace is nothing new. When women entered the workforce during World War II, it was out of necessity. During the feminist movement of the 1960s, women entered the workforce by choice. However, their options were quite limited. Most simply became secretaries, nurses, babysitters, or teachers. Today, women work in all fields, but, the hard sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics are still dominated by men. Is there is a reason that such a gap continues to exist in these particular fields? And what can be done to close this gap? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Educators across the country have been beating the drum for STEM expansion for years. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as any country's workforce that is proficient in science, technology, engineering and mathematics produces economic growth, advances scientific innovation and creates good jobs. For high school students, being labeled as a STEM graduate is seen as a positive boost to college applications, and the public assumes that STEM education leads graduates to fields rich in employment opportunity. However, the truth is that it takes more than just a STEM degree to get a job.
Posted on 06 Sep 2018
Camouflaging diversity issues isn't the same as solving them
Under pressure, tech companies are rushing to tout their commitment to diversity and inclusion. But some of their efforts paper over the problem rather than solve it. Want a foolproof way to gauge a company's true commitment to diversity and inclusion? Don't listen to the messages corporate leaders are trumpeting. Instead, just count the keynote speakers at the events and conferences the company hosts and participates in. That metric is much more telling-but it can be a harder measure to take. Indeed, companies sometimes find creative ways to appear more embracing of diversity and inclusion than they may be in practice. Intentionally or not, some public-facing initiatives wind up functioning like camouflage; leaders may hope that those efforts constitute meaningful progress, when in reality they just paper over how much progress there's left to be made. Telling the difference is the first step in setting things straight.
Posted on 26 Jul 2018
Science of Innovation: Micro-Fabrication for Cochlear Implants
This is an inspiring video about the research of UM PhD, Dr. Angelique Johnson, CEO of a cochlear implant manufacturing process, holder of 2 patents, and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Louisville.
Posted on 16 Apr 2018

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