Category: Science

Being a Woman in Tech

Soledad Penadés, developer at Mozilla

Soledad Penadés, developer and evangelist at Mozilla, shared her thoughts in an insightful article, Why I won’t talk about being a woman in tech (and neither should you). She starts out: I won’t do talks on “being a female in…

KQED’s Outside the Box

Channel and Sierra learning construction

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs has a set of videos featuring students whose interests and passions are “outside the box,” wonderfully unrestricted by cultural biases. Here are three videos that highlight the amazing determination and inspiring…

Black Women are Already Superheroes

superhero (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing, a rather adult-oriented blog, offered an enlightened article entitled Black women are already superheroes that explored the striking lack of diversity in gaming, and efforts by women to change the default. … Hashtag activism this is not. As…

Makies: Cool Customized Characters

The Makies, customized play characters

Sometimes a product comes along that reorients the world in a small but fundamental and empowering way. Makies are one such product: customized 3D-printed play characters for the kid in all of us. I won’t call Makies “dolls” because they…

Jocelyn: A Real-Life Martian

Popular Science has an interview with Chief Scientist Jocelyn Dunn about living in an extreme environment simulation that prepares astronauts for a future trip to Mars. From PopSci: Jocelyn Dunn spent eight months living on the red, rocky surface of…

Emmy Noether and Abstract Algebra

Emmy Noether, theoretical mathematician

Cosmos explores the life of Emmy Noether (1882-1935), who practice theoretical mathematics during a time when “the scientific establishment worked hard to keep women out.” Although she worked as an unpaid assistant until 1922, she theorized with the best of…

Jennifer Doudna, Biologist and Ethicist

Jennifer Doudna with a model of CRISPR (model of molecules, RNA, DNA)

Jennifer Doudna’s TED talk is an amazing call for the world to talk about the implications of her new technology, and how it should be used. What does it mean that we can edit our genome—for better and for worse?…

Dare 2b Digital 2011

2nd Annual Dare 2B Digital (D2BD) Conference on Careers for Young Women using Computing Technologies Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011 Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Place: The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California From the website: The intent…

Sally Ride and Science

CNN ran a nice interview with Dr. Sally Ride called Ride urges emphasis on math, science studies. In 1983, Dr. Ride became the first American woman to travel in space as a crew member of the Space Shuttle Challenger. From…