Albany, NY – Laura Bassi (1711-1778). This Italian mother of 12 became the first female professor of physics. She also successfully petitioned her university employer for more responsibility and a higher salary.
Albany, NY – Lilavati (12th century). A noted Indian mathematician wrote a book used to teach algebra called Lilavati (or Leelavati). The book was named after his daughter who was also an excellent mathematician.
Albany, NY – Theano (6th century). Students of algebra are familiar with the Golden Mean, but they may not know who discovered it. Many think it was Pythagoras, but some scholars believe it may have been his wife, Theano.
Albany, NY – Data shows that fewer African American women than white women in STEM college programs are continuing on to graduate school. To figure out why this disparity exists, a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ramona Hart, is conducting research to understand undergraduate African American students' perceptions of graduate education in STEM disciplines. Ms. Hart's research points to systemic failures in higher education that may be affecting students' feelings about pursuing advanced degrees.
NY – An experiment that could pave the way for changing the off-track betting landscape is about to make its debut on a BlackBerry near you.as we hear in this report from WAMC's Dave Lucas. COPYRIGHT 2008 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Berkshire County, MA – A privately held family company in the Berkshires is selling a minority interest to a New York based investment partnership. More from WAMC's Carrie Saldo. COPYRIGHT 2008 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
MA – Former Gov. Mitt Romney hoped to be at the Republican National Convention as his party's presidential nominee, but he may have to settle for being leader of the Massachusetts delegation instead. WAMC's Carrie Saldo has the details. COPYRIGHT 2008 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.