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S.M.A.R.T. Women

Women in Physics – A View From 1948

In its’ first issue back in 1948, Physics Today ran a feature article written by Bryn Mawr Professor Walter Michaels, about how to encourage women to become and remain physicists. He recognized back then, that societal pressures can push girls away from hobbies that may help them succeed in physics labs. His article also held…

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Google Science Fair Winners Take on World Hunger, Other Global Problems

This year’s Google Science Fair winners were 3 girls from Ireland. Their grand prize winning project examined whether a naturally occurring bacteria could make some crops more productive and increase food yields. Emer Hickey, one of the girls involved in the project, described the simple concept.  Many seeds rot in the soil prior to germination.…

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New Documentary Follows Big Dream of Girls in Tech

The lack of women in the technology sector has been a much talked about topic in the news recently, with large tech firms such as Facebook and Google releasing their demographic statistics, which show a low number of women and minorities represented in their firms. A new documentary “Big Dream”  follows 7 women in the…

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How “cool” Would it be if More Kids Were Psyched About STEM?

STEM often has a misconception of being only for the smartest and geekiest kids in class. Actress Mayim Bialik, is a science geek, with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA who embraces her geekiness. As a child, she enjoyed spending hours with her graphing calculator trying to gain a better understanding of math and science…

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22 States Committed to Mentoring 140,000 Girls in STEM Skills

This week, the National Girls Collaborative Project will announce over 100,000 mentor commitments across 22 states. This is part of the Million Women Mentors initiative, whose goal is to attract 1 million STEM mentors for girls and women over the next 4 years. Iowa’s Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds has been a leader in gathering the…

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Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

Only 18 percent of Computer Science majors are women, but a few colleges have made changes to attract more women to the field. Carnegie Mellon, University of Washington and Harvey Mudd all have between 30-40% female computer science majors. These school use methods such as providing training to high school teachers to teach computer science,…

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Agnes Clerke Victorian Astronomer

Agnes Clerke, (1842-1907) was one of a handful of Victorian female astronomers in London.  She was also a writer, who was interested in the history of astronomy.  Her first book, published in 1885 “A Popular History of Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century” provided a picture of the current state of astronomy, of which was last…

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A New Amelia Earhart

Later this week, Amelia Rose Earhart will recreate her namesake’s historic flight around the world. In 1937, Amelia Mary Earhart set out to fly around the world, but her plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean and the disappearance remains a mystery to this day. Amelia Rose will make 17 stops and fly about 24,300…

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