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Archives for November, 2012

Women Who Changed the World Through Science & Engineering: Samira Ibrahim Islam

Samira Ibrahim Islam – Noted Saudi pharmacology researcher and professor First woman in Saudi Arabia to earn a Ph.D.; introduced formal university education for girls in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Recalling when she became the first woman from her country of Saudi Arabia to earn a Ph.D., noted pharmacology researcher and professor Samira Ibrahim Islam still wells up with pride and emotion:…

Making an Impact: Scientists and Engineers in Congress!

Before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 1998, physicist Rush Holt taught and researched such areas as solar spectroscopy and plasma physics. This background inspired some of  his supporters in the 12th District of New Jersey to make bumper stickers that proudly read: “My congressman IS a rocket scientist!” — reflecting their growing desire…

Granville T. Woods — African American inventor

Granville Woods –  born in Columbus, OH in 1856 and who taught  himself electrical and mechanical engineering while working in railroad machine shops and steel mills — is perhaps best known for inventing a device called the ” Multiplex Railway Telegraph.” This variation of the “induction telegraph” allowed for messages to be sent from moving…

Festival Facebook page reaches 30,000 Likes!

The USA Science & Engineering Festival Facebook page has grown at an incredible rate! Today we have reached over 30,000 Likes on our page! Facebook has been instrumental in helping us to achieve our mission to invigorate the interest of STEM. Festival Executive Director Marc Schulman states, “We recognize the importance of social media to…

Women Who Changed the World Through Science & Engineering: Irène Joliot-Curie

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED Irène Joliot-Curie — Chemist and physicist Shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with her husband Frédéric Joliot for discovering that radioactivity could be artificially produced. You’ve heard of the achievements of Nobel Prize-winning scientists Marie and Pierre Curie. Now discover their brilliant scientist-daughter Irène Joliot-Curie who would also later…

Women Who Changed the World Through Science: Shirley Ann Jackson

(Science Question of the Day: Motivating and preparing the next generation of innovators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a national mission for Shirley. Read and share her story, and then ask yourself: Am I doing all I can to prepare?) For more than a decade, the name Shirley Ann Jackson has been…

One of the most influential structural engineers of the 20th Century You may readily recognize some his most famous works as a structural design engineer: the John Hancock Center building in Chicago; Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower); the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. In his short…

Women Who Changed the World Through Science & Engineering: Liu Yang — Astronaut

She’s sometimes referred to as China’s Sally Ride. Liu, a fighter pilot, became China’s first female astronaut to travel in space in 2012, helping China accomplish its first-ever manned space docking. Two years after she was recruited for China’s rigorous astronaut training program, 33-year-old Liu Yang, a fighter pilot in the Chinese Air Force, was…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Garrett Morgan — African American inventor

His invention of the gas mask has saved countless lives since World War I, and his patent of the first traffic signal led to the modern-day traffic light. Garrett Morgan, the son of former slaves, was born in Paris, Kentucky  in 1877 (the seventh of 11 children). His formal education never went beyond elementary school,…

His invention improved Edison’s electric light bulb, and he executed the patent drawing for Bell’s telephone. Get to know this creative genius! With his mind frequently in motion as a child, Lewis Howard Latimer — born in 1848 in Chelsea, Massachusetts — loved drawing at an early age and found himself doodling no matter where…