The Wednesday Five: Women in the Sciences

In this week’s Wednesday Five — focused on women in the sciences — four out of eight of the NASA astronauts headed to Mars are women; the story of Marie Curie, the incredible scientist who launched a nuclear age; the women tech insiders defining the 2016 campaign; neuroscientist Beth Stevens is among this year’s ‘genius’ women of the MacArthur Awards; and commemorating the outstanding women in science we lost last year.


Women Are All on Board for NASA’s Highest-Risk Trip to Date

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Four out of eight of the astronauts chosen for NASA’s journey to Mars are women. The mission isn’t happening for the next 15 years, but there is much preparation and planning happening between now and then. Naila Kelani of GOOD magazine writes that this mission “signals greater opportunities to come for women in science.” And astronaut women are already embedded in the project. Kelani tells us:

Sheyna Gifford, one of the astronauts, is already spending her year in the HI-SEAS biodome, in Hawaii, using tools and games designed to help travelers cope with the isolation they’ll face while in space. Once they arrive on Mars, they’ll be welcomed to their new home, which has been built by robots.

Read more at GOOD magazine.



The Tech Insiders Defining the 2016 Campaign

This week, WIRED magazine put together a list of the top 20 tech insiders who are “shifting the terrain in ways large and small” when it comes to our national election. What does that mean? These tech insiders are at the center of critical elements of any election season: a candidate’s op-research/rapid-­response team, analytics, polling, data tracking, and social media. According to WIRED editors, “Tech also has the data, and data is the lifeblood of campaigns. Tech controls the new means of communication, from Twitter to Snapchat to Facebook.” 

Included in their list of top tech insiders critical to campaigns are the following six women of Silicon Valley:

  1. Linda Moore, president and CEO of the advocacy group Technet
  2. Brittany Packnett, co-founder of the Campaign Zero movement against police violence
  3. Erin Hill, executive director of ActBlue, a nonprofit that powers one-click donations for Democrats
  4. Susan Molinari, vice president for public policy at Google
  5. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of the workplace equality movement Lean In
  6. Stephanie Hannon, chief technology officer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign

Read more about these innovative women at WIRED magazine.

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The Incredible Scientist Who Launched a Nuclear Age — Marie Curie
Beth Stevens, Neuroscientist and ‘Genius’ Woman of the MacArthur Awards
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