Science & Technology

Albany, NY – Tracy Drain is an engineer who helped build the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Today we follow Tracy as she waits for the orbiter to reach the red planet.

Albany, NY – The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will bring back more information than all the previous Mars missions put together. In our first audio diary, we follow Tracy Drain, a systems engineer for the orbiter project, on the journey to launch...and the white knuckle wait to see if the project will reach orbit and be successful. We learn not only what Tracy does, but also a little about who she is, and how her personal and professional worlds come together. Claes Adreasson, Producer.

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.

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