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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
History of Women and Computers
Since the beginning of computers and the work of Charles Babbage, women have played an important role in the history of computing. Over the years women such as Ada Lovelace, who was a mathematician that assisted Babbage in his work, Grace Hopper, who was one of the first computer programmers and many others have helped in the advancement of computers, computing, programming and other areas. It is important to recognize the achievements of these women and others in the world of computers. Here are some links to the websites that provide more information on some of the great women in computers.
Posted on 14 Aug 2019
Girls in STEM
STEM education is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and relevant learning experiences for students. STEM teaching and learning goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge. It engages students and equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, work place, community and the global economy. STEM also helps students understand and apply math and science content, the foundations for success in college and careers. On this page you can fine some useful topics on girls and women in STEM.
Posted on 14 Aug 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 09 Jul 2019
Creating Equitable STEM Workplaces by Addressing Unconscious Bias
Unconscious biases are social stereotypes held by both women and men. Research shows biases negatively impact STEM workplaces in a number of areas, including: climate, evaluation, hiring, salary, workload, resource allocation, daily interactions, recognition, promotion, publication, funding, & access to key professional networks. Fortunately, research also shows steps we can take to mitigate the effects of bias and create more equitable STEM workplaces.
Posted on 28 Jun 2019
Danielle Azoulay of L'Oreal USA: ''Go outside and enjoy nature! Connecting with nature means caring about the natural world, which in turn will inspire action towards climate change''
As a company founded by scientists, L'Oreal champions womeninscience and sustainable innovations grounded in science. Read more about our philanthropic and sustainability goals and the important role FWIS plays in achieving them in this interview with their Head of Sustainability and CSR!
Posted on 23 May 2019
Meet Katie Bouman, One Woman Who Helped Make the World's First Image of a Black Hole
The space was tiny and hot. On a fateful day last summer, Katie Bouman and three fellow researchers filed into a small room at Harvard University, safe from prying eyes, in order to see an image that had been years in the making. Researchers from all over the world had combined forces to gather masses of astronomical data - enough to fill a half ton of hard drives - that they hoped to turn into the world's first image of a black hole. In order to do that, the team needed algorithms that could distill all that noisy, messy information into one comprehensible picture. And Bouman, whose expertise is not in astrophysics but computer science, was one of a small group of people who spent years developing and testing those methods.
Posted on 22 Apr 2019
Changing the Curve: Women in Computing
What do the first computer programmer, the patent holder for spread spectrum wireless communications, and the author of the first assembly language have in common? All were women, as are 34 percent of today’s web developers and 23 percent of programmers. Women have a long and storied involvement dating back to the first days of computer science, but there's still a great deal of room for improvement. In high school, less than 20 percent of AP computer science test takers are female, and that number holds steady at 18 percent for the number of computer and information sciences undergraduate degree recipients. Even at a workplace level, only 18 percent of CIO positions at Fortune 250 companies are held by women. There's good news, though: The gender pay gap for computer programmers is smaller than it is for other professional occupations, and startups led by women are more capital-efficient than the norm. In this infographic, datascience@berkeley explores the history and influence of women in computing, looking at some big names throughout the ages and then reviewing some sobering statistics about the current state of women in technology. Feel free to share, since as Karen Sparck Jones once said, ''Computing is too important to be left to men.''
Posted on 03 Apr 2019

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