Science & Technology

Albany, NY – Last week, in the first part of our story on 'Women in Science', we focused on how several studies show the importance of young women and girls getting introduced to science, math, and technology at earlier and earlier grade levels. We also heard about the important role parents play in encouraging their children to take more math and science. This week, scientists tell us their own stories, including if and how, they were impacted by role models along their academic and professional career paths.

Albany, NY – PART 1 of 2 - Contrary to commonly held public opinion, parents, rather than peers or the media still have the greatest influence on their daughter's lives and life choices. Studies show that expectations and experiences from family and community members are more likely to influence girls' decisions to go into science, technology, engineering, and math, than even their innate abilities. We speak with several scientists and educators who tell us their personal stories.

Albany, NY – (b. 1946) THIS THEORETICAL PHYSICIST WENT FROM STUDYING BEES UNDER HER PORCH TO HEADING THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION - LEAVING A LONG LIST OF 'FIRSTS ' IN HER WAKE.

Albany, NY – (b. 1936) A PROFESSOR ONCE TOLD HER THAT ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIPS WERE WASTED ON WOMEN. BUT THIS MICROBIOLOGIST REDUCED CHOLERA BY HALF IN BANGLADESH AND ROSE TO HEAD THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION.

Albany, NY – (b. 1935) A DECADE AFTER NEIL ARMSTRONG TOOK THE FIRST STEPS ON THE MOON, SYLVIA EARLE EARNED THE TITLE 'HER DEEPNESS' BY DESCENDING 1250 FEET, TAKING OUR DEEPEST STEPS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR.

Albany, NY – (1922-1998) HER RESEARCH HELPED "GET THE LEAD OUT" OF GASOLINE, BUT THIS PIONEER IN TOXICOLOGY SACRIFICED HER OWN SECURITY TO PROVE THAT WHAT WE CAN'T SEE CAN HURT US.

Albany, NY – (1914-2000) STARLET BY DAY-INVENTOR BY NIGHT. OVER 60 YEARS AGO, THIS HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR QUEEN PATENTED A MISSILE GUIDANCE SYSTEM THAT KEEPS YOUR CELL PHONE WORKING.

Albany, NY – (1907-1964) SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WRITER, BUT A COLLEGE A BIOLOGY CLASS CHANGED THE COURSE OF HER LIFE, AND SOME SAY, THE COURSE OF THIS PLANET.

Albany, NY – (Late 1800s- Early 1900s) CAN YOUR COMPUTER GIVE BIRTH, BAKE OATMEAL COOKIES, OR DANCE A MEAN VIRGINIA REEL? THE EARLIEST 'COMPUTERS" AT HARVARD COULD.
These women painstakingly performed complex calculations needed to process data from those images. Their work helped determine the positions and composition of stars.

Albany, NY – (1878-1968) THIS JEWISH PHYSICIST INDIRECTLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE CREATION OF THE WORLD'S FIRST ATOMIC BOMB. BUT SHE WAS NOT HAPPY TO SEE HER WORK USED IN THE SERVICE OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.

Albany, NY – (1878-1972) IMMORTALIZED IN FILM AND LITERATURE, THIS MOTHER OF TWELVE IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE FIRST LADY OF ENGINEERING AND ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN TO REALLY 'HAVE IT ALL'.

Albany, NY – (1875-1948) SHE DIED ALONE AND PENNILESS. BUT SOME SCHOLARS SAY THIS LITTLE KNOWN SERBIAN WOMAN CONTRIBUTED TO THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY.

Albany, NY – (1869-1970) ALLOWED TO OBSERVE LECTURES ON THE CONDITION THAT SHE 'MAKE HERSELF INCONSPICUOUS,' THIS PIONEER IN INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE EVENTUALLY ACHIEVE WIDESPREAD RECOGNITION AS A PROMINENT "MAN OF SCIENCE".

Albany, NY – (1859?-1905) THIS BOOKKEEPER WAS TOO POOR TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL. BUT IN 1896 SHE DEVELOPED HER OWN X-RAY EQUIPMENT. NINE YEARS LATER SHE WAS THE FINEST RADIOGRAPHER IN THE WORLD.

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