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So, they’ve been handing out this award for 40 years. For 39 of them, they couldn’t see fit to find any woman qualified to receive it. But FINALLY! Yay! Three cheers for Frances E. Allen, 2006 winner of the Turing Award and its $100,000 prize! She only had to wait until she was 75, and…

What a True Geekstress Looks Like

I have a friend who is always making up the most wonderful names for his female friends by adding the syllable “stress” to unusual words. My favorite was one he gave me after a nefarious piece of business: underminestress. Believe me, the person deserved it. Anyway, I say all this by way of explaining the…

Some January Birthdays

Penny writes: January 23rd is the birthday of Gertrude Elion (1918-1999) — she won the Nobel in Medicine and held 45 patents. January 24th is the birthday of a less famous medical researcher who was about the same generation as Elion: Virginia Minnich (1910-1996) was a hematologist. She was only able to attend college during…

Happy Birthday, Grace!

I’m one day late getting to this, but… …Penny posted this comment on Let’s All Have a Party! Posting this on the centenary of Grace Murray Hopper, born 9 December 1906. Math PhD from Yale in 1934, taught at Vassar till she joined the Naval Reserve during WWII and became a computer programmer. She’s credited…

The Madame Curie of Machine Tools

Penny Richards wrote via email to tell me that Saturday, November 25 was Kate Gleason’s birthday. Gleason (1865-1933) was the first woman admitted to full membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in the 1910s (she represented ASME at an international conference in Germany in 1930). She was also the daughter of Irish immigrants,…

Professor of the Year Donna C. Boyd

Congratulations to Donna C. Boyd, professor of forensic anthropology at Radford University! She is one of four professors (and the only woman) to be honored as Professor of the Year for 2006 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Professor Boyd was quoted in…

Dr. Sexy Tells All

What are the best pickup lines for scientists and science-savvy folk?… I think I can best answer this Ask A Science Blogger question by quoting myself. So: Suzanne Franks, in her fabulous essay Suzy the Computer vs. Dr. Sexy: What’s A Geek Girl To Do When She Wants To Get Laid? which you can now…

She’s Such a Geek Blog

Calling all geek girls: The She’s Such a Geek blog is up and running. And is it ever good! Please do check out Kristin’s post Show and Tell. You have not lived until you’ve seen a bra with a voltmeter-ammeter panel. I mean it. In theory I am also blogging over there but in practice…

An Old Woman’s Reply to A Young Woman

This post is a reply to a comment earlier this month from a very distressed young woman named Ellen. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to reply sooner but family crises intervened. Ellen commented on the third in a series of posts I made regarding two calendars recently published, one in the U.S. and one in…

Val Henson – IT Goddess

At FairerScience.org I found this link to Val Henson’s home page. Val is an operating systems programmer and one helluva woman. You’ll want to check out her A Woman of Deeds essay. The essay takes its title from one of those “there, there, don’t you worry your pretty little head about it” comments Val got…