By Shivani Gupta
As a fellow biomedical engineering major and pre-med student, I have recently been motivated to become a orthopedic surgeon. Although orthopedics has the lowest percentage of women in a surgical specialty, with only 4.3 percent of female board-certified orthopedic surgeons, the thought of working with physical tools such as plates, screws, and rods to actively improve the lives of others excites me as it exists at the intersection of engineering and medicine.
By Nektaria Riso
Out of the 204 winners of the Nobel prize for Physics, how many were women?
Oh, come on, take a guess.
At least half? No, that is a bit optimistic, try again! One third? One fourth? Come on, 10?
Actually, only two women have ever won the Nobel prize for Physics: the renowned Marie Curie, in 1903, and Maria Goeppert Mayer, for her nuclear shell model, in 1963. Since Mayer’s win 50 years ago, no other woman has won.
Although many women have been deserving of such a prize, Vera Rubin - astronomer, dark matter pioneer, and women’s advocate - sat at the top of the list until her death in 2016. For those who don’t know, Nobel prizes cannot be rewarded posthumously, so Rubin will never win. Ever.
By Poornima Peiris
Meet Dr. Nadine Pernodet, the woman behind your skincare - that is if you currently use anything created by Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). Founded by businesswoman Estée Lauder in 1964, the company currently owns a plethora of brands, including Aveda, Clinique, MAC, Smashbox and La Mer. These names should be familiar to many of us who frequent the aisles at Sephora, and the dedication and hard work that goes on behind the scenes of our favorite glamorous beauty products deserves our attention.
By Lidiya Angelova
By Lidiya Angelova
The discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing has changed the world forever, but what was behind that and how did it inspire one young mind to pursue a career in science?
By Gabrielle-Ann Torre
The recent film Hidden Figures is a story about the African-American women working as computers for NASA’s Aeronautical Laboratory. The story has left audiences inspired, but as a woman in STEM, I can’t help but find it odd that people are so surprised by the silent successes of female scientists. Haven’t these stories existed?
By Heather Burkhart
Many of us often assume that all scientists fall victim to the theory of left- or right-brain dominance, exhibiting a strictly logical and calculating nature in both the workplace and our personal lives. This, however, is simply not the case. For example, take a look at Elizabeth Mermel, who is both scientific superstar and t-shirt designer extraordinaire, proving that both sides of the brain are better than one.
Part III of a 3-part series by Jessica Khaimova
As is often the case in tech (and other STEM fields), women are underrepresented. This is not just a problem in the US, but all over the world. Let’s see how it is in the Start-Up Nation. In 2014, women constituted 35.5% of the total workers in Israeli high tech (25% in the US) while tech companies employ 8.2% of the national workforce (5.7% in the US). Even though the numbers are higher in Israel, there is still a clear gender gap, especially when it comes to wages and the number of women who hold executive positions. In fact, only 9% of technology startups around Tel Aviv (Silicon Wadi) are headed by women, similar to Silicon Valley.
Part II of a 3-part series by Jessica Khaimova
When you think of hi-tech and innovation, places like Silicon Valley or companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, or Facebook pop into mind, right? But when you think of the Middle East, specifically Israel, those would perhaps be the last phrases to enter your thoughts. Well, as it turns out, there is an ever-growing hub of technological innovation in Israel, also known as the start-up nation or “Silicon Wadi,” and this summer, I had the opportunity to experience this first-hand as an intern at the start-up onlinepianist.com, a tutorial-based website and app that teaches people how to play popular songs on the piano.
Part I of a 3-part series by Jessica Khaimova
When you think of hi-tech and innovation, places like Silicon Valley or companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, or Facebook pop into mind, right? But when you think of the Middle East, specifically Israel, those would perhaps be the last phrases to enter your thoughts. Well, as it turns out, there is an ever-growing hub of technological innovation in Israel, also known as the start-up nation or “Silicon Wadi.” And this summer, I had the opportunity to experience this first-hand as an intern at the start-up onlinepianist.com, a tutorial-based website and app that teaches people how to play popular songs on the piano.
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