Women in STEM News

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May 21, 2019

The most famous women in NASA history

Women have played crucial roles in NASA’s history of space exploration, from performing calculations to sending astronauts to the moon to launching into space themselves as mission specialists and commanders. Here are 15 women who became famous for their contributions to the science of space travel. Read More…

May 17, 2019

‘Knitting Is Coding’ and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab

On the eve of the American Physical Society’s annual March meeting, a Sunday “stitch ‘n bitch” session convened during happy hour at a lobby bar of the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. At the bar, amid tables cluttered with balls of yarn, Dr. Daniels absorbed design advice from a group of specialized knitters, among them Elisabetta Matsumoto, an applied mathematician and physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a co-host of the gathering. For Dr. Matsumoto, knitting is more than a handicraft hobby with health benefits. She is embarking on a five-year project, “What a Tangled Web We Weave,” funded by the National Science Foundation, to investigate the mathematics and mechanics of “the ancient technology known as knitting.” Read More…

May 05, 2019

Dear Hollywood, here are 5 female founders to showcase instead of Elizabeth Holmes

There’s a seemingly insatiable demand for Theranos content. John Carreyrou’s best-selling book, “Bad Blood,” has already inspired an HBO documentary, The Inventor; an ABC podcast called The Dropout, a prestige limited series starring SNL’s Kate McKinnon, was just announced; and Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly going to star in the feature film version of this tawdry “true crime meets tech” tale. That’s before getting started on the various and sundry cover stories and think pieces about her fraud. Instead, Hollywood could put the spotlight on women who pioneered the bleeding edge of tech and actually produced billion-dollar successes. Read More…

May 02, 2019

Meet the female NASA engineer making groundbreaking history on Mars

There are very few people who can say they work on Mars. But Farah Alibay has forged a trailblazing career out of it. “We’re going to other planets, other moons, other galaxies – we are the modern-day explorers discovering new worlds,” Alibay told The CEO Magazine from NASA’s California base. “You learn in history about these people who discovered a whole planet, and obviously we know a lot about planets now, but there are still a lot of things to be discovered.” As one of the engineers at the helm of the InSight mission (the first robotic lander dedicated to studying the interior of Mars since it was formed 4.5 billion years ago), Alibay never knows what each Martian day will bring. Read More…

May 02, 2019

She dared a different vision

Some people’s parents were engineers, doctors and lawyers in the 1930s, but what if your parents were sharecroppers and you had no interest in working in the fields? The idea of hard work does not scare you. You simply dare to have a different vision for your life. Meet Gladys Mae West, née Brown. Born in either 1930 or 1931, in 1956 she became the second black woman to be employed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division. She is a mathematician who did computing for the US Armed Forces before electronic systems. West was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018. Read More…

May 01, 2019

UGA professor to co-lead female Nat Geo expedition

A University of Georgia College of Engineering researcher will help lead an international, all-female expedition team that will study plastic pollution in one of the world’s most iconic waterways — the Ganges River. “I am so excited to co-lead this expedition along with an amazing international team of incredible researchers in one of the most iconic rivers on the planet,” said Jenna Jambeck, a professor at UGA and a National Geographic Fellow. “Working hand-in-hand with local communities, from the Bay of Bengal to the Himalayas, we will explore waste, plastic, its flow through and potential impact on this important ecosystem.” Read More…

April 30, 2019

These Women Are the ‘Hidden Figures’ of Tech—Here’s Why You Should Know Their Names

Silicon Valley, the world’s high-tech hub south of San Francisco, has long been a welcome arena for ambitious men. But there is another, lesser known Silicon Valley story: the extraordinary women who have worked largely behind the scenes to finance and build some of the most important companies of our day. These women, the hidden figures of tech, invested in and built companies that automated how businesses interact with customers. They helped make the Internet safer and faster. They were among the earliest e-commerce engineers and evangelists, and ushered in major social media companies. They are engineers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. They are Magdalena Yesil, MJ Elmore, Sonja Perkins and Theresia Gouw, to name a few of the female stars of Silicon Valley. Read More…

April 22, 2019

Riyadh: For the first time ever, a team of nine female students from Alfaisal University are set to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia. When asked about the importance of having an all-female team from Saudi Arabia, Alfaisal University team leader, 22 year old Mechanical Engineering student, Shams Alshuwaier, said: “Girls and women are part of the community and should be included in everything”, adding that, “We want to show that Saudi Arabia is active in the automotive industry, starting with students first, with the youth…and of course we want to change the worlds point of view around how women are doing in our country, and around our interests.” Read More…

April 17, 2019

US astronaut to set women’s record for longest time in space

A NASA astronaut will set the women’s record for the longest time spent in space with the announced extension of her current trip. NASA said astronaut Christina Koch will be on board a current flight, set to return in February, for about 11 months, according to The Associated Press. Koch launched last month knowing she may be in space into 2020, and NASA officially announced the extension of her flight on Tuesday. Read More…

March 31, 2019

32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It

On this final day of Women’s History Month, let’s take a moment to honor some of the women who have made indelible contributions to our understanding of the world and who continue to inspire people of every gender, race, and ability to achieve in the face of daunting odds. Read More…

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