Archive for October, 2011

Assignment 4

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Kathryn D. Sullivan has received: NASA’s Medal for Outstanding Leadership

Exceptional Service Medal (twice)

Space Flight Medal (three times)

American Astronautical Society’s Vic Prather EVA Award

Haley Award of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation’s Lone Sailor Award

Ohio Museum Association’s Distinguished Museum Professional Award

In my opinion, I think she is a fantastic role model. She showed woman that they can go into space, and that they can accomplish the impossible. She also encourages young people to take challenges in their life, and to embrace them. She said in a speech to students that “if they want to lead challenging lives, they must develop solid skills and get good educations.” “If you want to do some exciting things in this world, you have to demonstrate some skill.”

I have pictures on this powerpoint, which I used in my presentation. Kathryn D1

Assignment 3

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Kathryn D. Sullivan is an amazing role model for any young woman. She paved the way for future women who want to go into space. I was intrigued by Dr. Sullivan because she was the first women to walk in space, and I wanted to learn why. Sullivan was born October 3, 1951 in Patterson, New Jersey. Her parents are Donald P. Sullivan and Barbara K Sullivan. She lived in Woodland Hills, California. She graduated Taft High School in 1969. D. Sullivan went to University of California, Santa Cruz. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences in 1973. She went to Dalhousie University. She received a doctorate in Geology in 1973 from Dalhousie University.She was selected by NASA to become an Astronaut in January, 1978. Sullivan completed her training to become an Astronaut in August 1979. She was a systems engineer operator in NASA’s WB-57F high-altitude research aircraft in 1978. Kathryn Sullivan research was focused on remote sensing for NASA. Sullivan participated in several remote sensing projects in Alaska. She was also a co-investigator on the Shuttle Imaging Radar-B (SIR-B) experiment, which she flew on Mission STS-41G.Dr. Sullvian has been a Geologist, Oceanographer, NASA Mission Specialist, and a Veteran of three Space Shuttle missions. From the years of 1978 to 1992, Dr. Sullivan was a Mission Specialist Astronaut in NASA’s Space Shuttle program. Dr. Sullivan learned land remote sensing techniques as Mission Manager and in-flight scientist aboard NASA’s high-altitude WB-57F aircraft. She flew in three shuttle missions. In 1984, Dr. Sullivan was on the Challenger and became the first woman to walk in space. 1990, she was an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) Mission Specialist aboard Discovery, on the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission. In 1992, Dr Sullivian was the Payload Commander for the Atlas-1 Spacelab which was also her final flight. She became a part of national civilian space policy when she was appointed to the National Commission on Space in 1985. Very involved in science education. She helped create the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.In my opinion, I think she is a fantastic role model. She showed woman that they can go into space, and that they can accomplish the impossible. She also encourages young people to take challenges in their life, and to embrace them. She said in a speech to students that “if they want to lead challenging lives, they must develop solid skills and get good educations.” “If you want to do some exciting things in this world, you have to demonstrate some skill.”

Inez Fung’s most monumental contribution to the world of science!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Most ground breaking work is her research and tracking of the Carbon Sink- Which stores carbon dioxide. This work could mean serious improvements on the containment of global warming. Her focus on the ocean as a natural Carbon Sink has been the most influential, as she is tracking how global warming could affect their natural abilities to contain the carbon. She has already discovered that the droughts caused by current global warming are reducing the land’s natural ability to uptake Carbon Dioxide.

Currently she is working on a project called “HydroWatch” which is designed to re-examine the water cycle on a deeper level that adds the biological element. The purpose of this is to predict the way the changes in the climate that will affect the water cycle’s impact on life on Earth.

Rita Levi-Montalcini: Woman of the Ages

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Rita Levi-Montalcini has been recognized for many things in her life. In 1963, she was the first female scientist to be awarded the Max Weinstein Award, given for her contributions to neurological research. She has also been the recipient of the International Feltrinelli

Rita Levi-Montalcini receiving the Max Weinstein Award from the United Cerebral Palsy Association, 1963

Medical Award of the Accademia Nazionale die Lincei, Rome (1969), the William Thomson Wakeman Award of the National Paraplegia Foundation (1974), the Lewis S. Rosentiel Award for Distinguished work in Basic Medical Research of Brandeis University (1982), the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University (1983), and the National Medal of Science (1987).

She is most well known for being the winner of the Nobel Prize in 1986 for her discovery of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). Later that same year, she was awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. This award recognizes scientists that have contributed a great deal to the scientific word, more specifically the medical world. The recipients of the Albert Lasker Awards, have advanced  the world’s understanding in many diseases that have affected the world. For Rita Levi-Montalcini, it was cancer, the NGF increased knowledge about tumors.

Rita Levi-Montalcini has done so much for the world of science, and at 102 years of age, she’s not finished. Today, she runs an all-female laboratory that conduct research on her previous work. She also has a foundation to raise money for African women to go to college and pursue a career in science. The Italian government also gets the pleasure to work with her, for she is a senator, and uses her power anytime she can for science. She has been named an ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and campaigns against world hunger.  During all of this, she even had time to write and publish her own autobiography, “In Praise of Imperfection”. Levi-Montalcini is very passionate about what she does. I believe that she is an amazing role model for perspective scientists. She has dedicated her life for science, and does not boast in what she her research and what she has accomplished, all that matters is that she did something to help the world.

…So How Does a Virus Work Anyway?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Here is a video from NPR on the basics of how a virus works-this is similar to how HIV-the virus Flossie Wong-Staal co-discovered works the main difference being that while the process is almost identical the HIV virus uses something called the retrovirus so it remains undetected  in your body longer then the common cold.

Anyway, I thought this would be useful for better understanding Flossie Wong-Staals work-if there is anything else you would like more of an explanation on please leave a message in the comments below!


The Making of a Hero…Just Add PhD, Ground Breaking Discovery and Let Sit for 10 to 15 Years

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

When people say “heroes aren’t born, they are made” what do they mean?

Well for all of the work she has done in the field of HIV/AIDS research I consider Flossie Wong-Staal to be a hero in the scientific field.

Since she received her PhD in 1972 she has been kicking major viral butt and because of her work with the HIV virus she has received recognition from The Scientist in their 1990 article “Science Leaders: Researchers to Watch in the Next Decade”.

People were definitely watching because in 2002 after Flossie Wong-Staal went back to the biopharmaceutical company she co-founded (then called Immusol) dedicated to finding better treatment for those affected with hepatitis C  she was featured in Discover as being “One of  the Top 50 Women Scientists” not only for her work with HIV but also with her company she co-founded (now called iTherX) and her work there with gene therapy.


Through her research and discoveries in the scientific field Flossie has made her self a hero, and though she came from humble beginnings she has made historic achievements in the field of HIV/AIDS research.



“Immusol Chief Scientific Officer, Flossie Wong-Staal, Ph.D., Named One of Top 50 Women Scientists”. PR Newswire. October 15, 2002.


This is where she works now at her own company  iTherX





Cynthia Breazeal- Role Model

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I believe Cynthia Breazeal would be a good role model to prospective scientists. Breazeal is a very dedicated and focused person. In multiple interviews, she stated that she does not think science should be dependent on on one gender; she just encourages the pursuit of the studies in science by anyone.

She has won many awards. She is a recipient of Technology Review’s TR35 award, which is the best 35 inventions by people under the age of 35. She was awarded ONR Young Investigator Award and has had many of her papers published in scientific journals.

Here is a list of additional awards and accomplishments

Recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award

Finalist in the National Design Awards in Communication

Wrote Designing Sociable Robots

Wrote multiple theses

Founded Personal Robots Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Quote of the Day

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

“Learn what you have to learn, and as much as you can,

and don’t think about whether it’s the right direction or

wrong direction for a woman.” – Gertrude Elion 


Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Created a new page for Elion’s recognitions and awards. Check it out!

Assignment 4- Grace Hoppers: A True Role Model

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I view Grace Hoppers, the female computer scientist who I chose to research, as a true role model and inspiration for many reasons. She had strong a passion and incredible dedication to her work as a computer scientist and Navy lieutenant. She was devoted to her jobs and tasks throughout her entire life. She was willing to give one hundred percent to prove her point. For example, the male co-workers that Grace worked with believed it would be impossible for Grace to invent the computer programming system, “COBOL.” However, after much time and dedication spent, she was able to pull through and create, “COBOL,” which resulted to be a remarkable invention that is still used today! Grace is an inspiration and should be admired for serving in the US Navy in the 1940s during World War II. Hoppers also served from 1967-1986 because the Navy was so impressed by her work and intelligence so they decided to reactivate her. When she retired from the Navy in 1986, at age 80, she was recognized as the oldest active duty officer in the U.S. Navy. Grace had a great love for her country. She was also a very intelligent and outstanding leader. Grace Hoppers should be qualified as a true role model to all women.


Grace Hoppers received over 65 awards and honors in her lifetime. Here is a list of some of Hopper’s major recognitions:

  •   1946—Naval Ordinance Development Award
  •   1962—Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  •   1964—Society of Women Engineers, SWE Achievement Award
  •   1968—Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Philadelphia Section Achievement Award
  •   1969—Data Processing Mgmt. Assoc., Computer Science “Man Of The Year” Award
  •   1970—American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Harry Goode Memorial Award
  •   1972—Wilbur Lucas Cross Medal, Yale University
  •   1972—Fellow, Association of Computer Programmers and Analysts
  •   1973—Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society
  •   1976—Honorary Doctor of Science, Pratt Institute
  •   1980—Navy Meritorious Service Medal
  •   1983—Federally Employed Women Achievement Award
  • 1983—Living Legacy Award, Women’s International Center, San Diego