Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Cuyamaca College Library Celebrates National Women's History Month

Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination:

Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Throughout the month of March, the library will reflect upon the many achievements women have made over the years in the STEM fields. This month’s display features some of the women whose extraordinary accomplishments and amazing strength have significantly impacted our world, such as:

• Florence Bascom (1862-1945) – First woman scientist hired at the US Geological Survey.

• Maria Curie (1867-1934) – First woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and the only woman to have won two Nobel Prizes, each in different fields, Physics and Chemistry.

• Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) – Provided crucial evidence for the helical structure of DNA.

• Jane Goodall (1934-Present) – Notably the world’s foremost primatologist.

• Grace Hopper (1906-1992) – Developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.

• Mae Jemison (1956-Present) – First African American woman to travel to space.

• Augusta Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) – The world’s first computer programmer.

• Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) – First woman to receive the Nobel Prize in medicine for her work in genetics.

• Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) – Discovered a comet invisible to the naked eye in 1847.

• Emmy Noether (1882-1935) – A pioneer in the field of abstract (non-communicative) algebra.

• Rosalyn Yalow (1921-Present) – Helped discover how to use radioisotopes to measure levels of tiny amounts of hormones in the human blood system; received Nobel Prize in medicine in 1977.

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