Alaina Gassler

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Alaina Gassler, the fourteen yr old from West Grove who won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, the top award in the Broadcom MASTERS (the nation’s premier science and engineering competition for middle school students) for developing a super dope prototype to help get rid of blind spots created by some cars’ hefty A-pillar.

Yay women (and girls) in STEM!

CNN article HERE

 

Rosalie Fish

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Woman “Crushin’ it” Wednesday: Rosalie Fish, running to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women. I’ll let the article speak for itself… but wow.

“According to the United States Department of Justice, indigenous women on some reservations are 10 times more likely to be murdered, and rates of indigenous women being killed or trafficked are significantly higher than the rest of the U.S. population. The Justice Department has also found that one in three Native American women have been raped or experienced an attempted rape while 506 indigenous women have disappeared or been killed in the United States since 2016.”

High School Track Star Runs to Raise Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

“This was a very emotional and very powerful weekend for me. I was inspired and supported by marathon runner and activist Jordan Marie Daniels to run for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. I dedicated my 1600 to Alice Looney, my 800 to Jacqueline Salyers, my 3200 to Renee Davis, and my 400 to Misty Upham. Wellpinit runner Gabriel Kieffer also donated a medal to Misty. I am honored by the families that allowed me to represent these women and I am blessed to be able to run for them.

MTS King’s girl’s team placed for the first time (4th) at state championships with only three competitors. While my other two teammates are much younger than me, I learned a lot from them. I’m so excited to see what they do for MTS and Indian Country in the future.” – Rosalie Fish

Alyssa

“Everybody relax, I’m a scientist”

Starting the New Year right with my favorite Woman “Crushin'” It ever, Alyssa!

Alys has had a pretty eventful couple of months. On December 14, 2018 she was officially presented her PhD from the University of Chicago’s program of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. The first picture above is from her defense, “Investigating molecular mechanisms and dynamics of Ena/VASP and other actin binding proteins”. Celebrations were in order (2nd picture), but not before practicing safe science.

While finishing up the PhD, Alyssa was traveling back and forth from Chicago to Cleveland, interviewing for careers after graduation. After a lot of miles, many phone and in person interviews and follow-ups, I’m very happy to share that Alys has accepted a Data Scientist role at the wonderful company Smucker’s!

Tackling all of this while also navigating the logistics of moving back to Cleveland is just one example (of many) of how Alys is able to do anything she sets her mind to do. Her commitment to being the best version of herself is what I admire most about her, and I’m so excited to see her continue to “Crush” it on the regular.

Zuzia Kozerska-Girard, creator of “Who’s She?”

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The number of women in the traditional “Guess Who?” game: 5 out of 24. The number of women in the “Who’s She?” spin-off from creator Zuzia Kozerska-Girard: Every. Single. One.

Biography cards that focus on the Woman’s accomplishments, this game probably has the best rule modification from it’s predecessor: you are NOT allowed to ask questions regarding appearances (HUZZAH!). Very exciting to see a game centered on learning more about bold, powerful women who have made an impact on society. Hopefully more games to come that will inspire little girls (and boys).

Read the Yahoo article because it’s fantastic:

This woman developed a new board game to empower girls: ‘We’re more like Wonder Woman and less like helpless princesses’

2018 Election Results

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“A record number of women will serve in the U.S. Congress in January 2019, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

In the 116th Congress, at least 125 (106D, 19R) women will serve overall, increasing the percentage of women in Congress from 20% to 23% at minimum. There are three additional House races featuring a woman candidate that remain too close to call (GA-7, NY-22, UT-4).

  • At least 102 (89D, 13R) women will serve in the U.S. House (previous record: 85 set in 2016), including a minimum of 43 (42D, 1R) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. House, up from 19.3% in 2018.
  • At least 23 (17D, 6R) women will serve in the U.S. Senate (previous record: 23), including 4 (4D) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. Senate, matching women’s current level of Senate representation.

Nine (6D, 3R) women will serve as governors in 2019, including 1 (1D) woman of color.
The freshman class of women in the House of Representatives in 2019 will be the largest ever with a minimum of 36 non-incumbent women elected. 36 (35D, 1R) non-incumbent women have already won and 1 (1D) more is in an undecided contest. The previous high was 24, set in 1992.

“We’ve seen important breakthroughs, particularly in the U.S. House,” said CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, “but deepening disparities between the parties in women’s representation will continue to hobble us on the path to parity. We need women elected on both sides of the aisle.” – CAWP Center for American Women and Politics

Related Reading:

Midterms 2018: It was the Year of the Woman — for Democrats, not Republicans

Donna Strickland and Frances H. Arnold

From 1901 to 2017, only 48 women have been awarded a Nobel Prize (compared to 892 men). The 2018 announcements are still coming in, but so far it’s looking like a good year for women in STEM.

Donna Strickland

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Donna Strickland became just the 3rd woman to receive the Nobel in Physics (the last was 55 years ago). Sharing the honor this year with two others, Strickland’s work with lasers earned her the nod.

“Unlike her fellow winners, Strickland did not have a Wikipedia page at the time of the announcement. A Wikipedia user tried to set up a page in May, but it was denied by a moderator with the message: “This submission’s references do not show that the subject qualifies for a Wikipedia article.” Strickland, it was determined, had not received enough dedicated coverage elsewhere on the internet to warrant a page” –One Wikipedia Page Is a Metaphor for the Nobel Prize’s Record With Women

Frances H. Arnold

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Frances H. Arnold became the 5th woman to receive the Nobel in Chemistry (like Strickland, sharing the award with others).  Arnold received the nod for her work in with the directed evolution of enzymes.

“I think of what I do as copying nature’s design process,” Dr. Arnold said in an interview with NobelPrize.org. “All this tremendous beauty and complexity of the biological world all comes about to this one simple beautiful design algorithm.” – Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to a Woman for the Fifth Time in History

Dr. Frances Kelsey

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Dr. Frances Kelsey was a Canadian-American pharmacologist who worked as a reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after an impressive career as a faculty member at the University of Chicago and University of South Dakota.

At the FDA, Dr. Kelsey was a member of a very small team whose responsibility it was to review drug applications from pharmaceutical companies, placing a much needed emphasis on evidence-based data. During this time, Dr. Kelsey repeatedly blocked the application for a drug called thalidomide, which was already widely used in Europe. Drawing on her past research of finding evidence of certain drugs that crossed the placental barrier, she was not convinced that thalidomide was safe for pregnant women, especially with the data (or lack of) that was being presented. Despite growing pressure to ram the drug application through (drug company’s bottom line $ of course being their most important worry), Dr. Kelsey and her team stuck to their guns and refused to let a drug with possible serious side-effects into the U.S. market. In the 1960s, births of many deformed infants in Europe started to be linked to thalidomide, and it became widely known that Dr. Kelsey prevented a disastrous medical crisis in the U.S.

In 1962, she became the second woman to be presented the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Kelsey retired from the FDA in 2005 after 45 years of service.

Thank you to Sarah (a current #WCW in STEM) for sharing the below video and putting Dr. Kelsey on my radar!