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Shireen Hamdan » fsemf8fall2011 2011-09-13 14:21:42

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Moore, Doris Langley. “Ada Lovelace: Founder of Scientific Computing.” San Diego Supercomputer Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2011. <http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/lovelace.html>.

 

This source focused on her mother’s influence on her career, something none of the other sources really touched on. While most mothers in this era did not push their daughters towards any career field, Ada’s mother pushed her towards her education and even took her to collaborate with Mr. Babbage. Influential people in a scientist’s life are very important to be aware of because it gives the audience an insight on how the scientists were able to have the confidence to come about with their research.

 

Shireen Hamdan » fsemf8fall2011 2011-09-13 14:20:50

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

 

Freeman, Elisabeth. “Ada and the Analytical Engine.” Educom Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. <http://net.educause.edu/apps/er/review/reviewArticles/31240.html>.

 

This was the most detailed source I was able to find. Rather than being strictly a biography, this article gave in-depth information on how Ada Byron really contributed to the creation of the Analytical Engine. Without her, Babbage would have been unable to bring this idea to life and explain its uses to the outside world. While other sources merely mentioned Byron was the first female computer programmer, this article explained how she was able to do so without severe sexism.

 

Shireen Hamdan » fsemf8fall2011 2011-09-13 14:20:19

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

 

Douglass, Frederick. “The Countess of Lovelace.” Accessible Archives.  African American Newspapers, 23 Jan. 1853. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. <http://www.accessible.com/accessible/print?AADocList=5&AADocStyle=STYLED&AAStyleFile=&AABeanName=toc1&AANextPage=/printFullDocFromXML.jsp&AACheck=1.900.5.0.5>.

 

This primary source coming from the London Inquirer does a respectable job of giving a brief background on Ada Byron’s life but it is very vague and does not adequately highlight any of her accomplishments. It was disappointing that this being one of the few primary sources found on Ada, it included many pieces of irrelevant information, such as the “softness and darkness” of her hair. This source would not be recommended for any type of serious research on this woman scientist. 

Shireen Hamdan » fsemf8fall2011 2011-09-13 14:19:00

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Byron, Ada. “Selections from Ada’s Notes.” Agnes Scott College . Toole, Betty Alexandra, n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. <http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/ada-love.htm>.

 

This publisher is very interested and educated on the life of Ada Lovelace, as many articles about Ada have been written by her. This article is followed by the notes written by Ada herself, as she recorded her experimentation with the Analytical Engine. Her notes display her sincere dedication towards this computing program. This is very reliable information since it was written by the scientist herself, and it gives her audience a picture of how much effort she put into the creation of the Analytical Engine. 

Primary Source

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Fung, Inez. “CHALLENGES OF CLIMATE MODELING.” Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center (2007): n. pag. Web. 12 Sep 2011. <http://aimsciences.org/journals/pdfs.jsp?  paperID=2225&mode=abstract>.

 

This is a journal Fung published regarding Climate Models and their usefulness for conservation of mass, momentum, and energy. This source is highly technical, but gives deep information supporting Fung as a scientist and her specialties and passions. She also provides information regarding Numerical weather predictions and how they’ve changed over the years. Good source, doesn’t give any biographical information though.

 

Primary Source

Monday, September 12th, 2011

“Anatomy of a Climate Model: How Robust are Climate Projections?.” Google Tech Talks. 02-11-11. Web. 12 Sep 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wys31lj12aI>.

This is a lecture Fung gave about climate change and projections and how legitimate climate projections are when meteorologists can’t even predict the weather farther than two weeks in advance. She begins the talk with the brief history of meteorology and the first predictions, noting that the first successful 24 hour advanced prediction took 24 hours to make.This source is deep, using a lot of meteorology jargon. It is not easy to understand by any means, but it gives insight into her teaching strategy and her passions.

 

Primary Source

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Fung, Inez. “Inez Fung.” University of California, Berkeley. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sep 2011. <http://www.atmos.berkeley.edu/~inez/ >.

 

This source is Fung’s University profile page, which includes a list of her published works, the courses she is teaching, her position at UC Berkeley, academic background, list of honors, and her personal writing about her research interests. This is a primary source because it is her own words. Her main interest is the relationship between climate change and biogeochemical cycles.

 

Secondary Source

Monday, September 12th, 2011

“The Inez Fung Scrapbook.” I was wondering; A curious look at Women’s adventures in Science. National Academy of Sciences, n.d. Web. 12 Sep 2011. <http://iwaswondering.com/ inez_scrapbook_main.html>.

 

A simple, comprehensive look at Fung’s Life, this source gives a lot of information about her life and her science. She is a climate scientist who specializes in why the climate changes over time. A quote of hers is presented in which she tells why she loves science, that she does it for the feeling she gets when she figures something out rather than the money compensation she receives. Her methods of research, using supercomputers and complex math, are discussed as well as lighter topics such as who she is married to. From her childhood on Hong Kong Island to her voyage across the globe to MIT, detail is given with simplicity so that a young student could comprehend the material. The material gets more complex as it goes into her studies of CO2 and her accomplishments are noted. Very good source, meant for younger reader, but it is still very informative.

Secondary Source

Monday, September 12th, 2011

United States. President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts.          Washington D.C.: Office of the Press Secretary, 2010. Web. 12 Sep 2011. <http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/ 2010/09/17/president-obama-announces-more-key- administration-posts>.

Fung’s awards and accomplishments are discussed. Her qualifications are noted as she is appointed as a member of the President’s committee on the National Medal of Science. Some of her notable achievements mentioned are a noble peace prize given to a project she was a contributor on, she was awarded the Roger Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical union, and she also won the World Technology Network Award for the Environment. This source is short and not very thorough, but it is decent for a quick list.

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