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Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Sonya Kovalevsky

Sonya Kovalevsky – Russian-born Mathematician One of the world’s best mathematicians of her era; established first major result in general theory of partial differential equations; first modern European woman appointed to full professorship; advocate of women’s rights Sonya Kovalevsky (also known as Sofia Kowalevski) was born in Russia in 1850 and became a noted mathematician…

Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. James West!

X-STEM – presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune – is an Extreme STEM symposium for elementary through high school students featuring interactive presentations by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These top STEM role models and industry leaders are sure to ignite your students’ curiosity through…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Fred Kavli!

Fred Kavli – Physicist, innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist He made millions manufacturing high-tech sensors for aircraft, cars and appliances; donated much of his fortune to establish the Kavli Foundation — a philanthropy to benefit science, and which is also known for the Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience From the start, physicist Fred Kavli…

Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. Michael Shermer!

X-STEM – presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune – is an Extreme STEM symposium for elementary through high school students featuring interactive presentations by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These top STEM role models and industry leaders are sure to ignite your students’ curiosity through…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Chien Shiung Wu!

Chien Shiung-Wu — Experimental Physicist One of the foremost physicists of the twentieth century, this Chinese-born American researcher was often called the “First Lady of Physics” for her pioneering work, which included radically changing scientific views on the behavior of nuclear particles Chien Shiung-Wu once said: “I sincerely doubt that any open-minded person really believes…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: C.V. Raman!

C.V. Raman – Physicist First Indian scientist to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. Known for his pioneering work in the scattering of light, now commonly called the “Raman Effect” In 1930, at a time of limited opportunities for Indian scientists, his groundbreaking work in optics and the scattering of light led him to become…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Vera Rubin!

Vera Rubin — Astronomer Often called one of the most gifted but underrated astronomers today, her work confirmed the presence of dark matter in the universe, and since 1978, she has researched and analyzed over 200 galaxies Born in 1928 in Philadelphia, Vera Rubin was 10 years old and living in Washington, DC when she…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla — Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Inventor One of science’s most amazing visionaries of all time, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla was considered a mathematical phenomenon since childhood, being able as a high school student to perform integral calculus in his head, which initially prompted his teachers to believe that he was cheating! This famous…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams- Surgeon and Medical Educator Medical textbooks in the early 1890s said that operating on near the human heart was too dangerous. But on a hot summer’s night in Chicago in 1893, surgeon Daniel Hale Williams — while attempting to treat a life-threatening chest wound to a patient — plunged courageously into this…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Kristin Laidre

Kristin Laidre –Marine Mammal Biologist Kristin Laidre is one of the world’s foremost experts on the elusive, mysterious Narwhal whale. Her work with native communities in Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland is helping to preserve the Narwhal and other sea mammals from the effects sea ice loss due to climate change. “I was always…