Tag: Women in STEM

NASA’s First Hispanic Woman in Space: Dr. Ellen Ochoa

By Arnesia Young For decades, human spaceflight has been at the forefront of exploration outside the realm of Earth’s atmosphere. Many men and women have become NASA trailblazers on this path in history, paving the road to the final frontier for future generations. One such person is Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who became the first Hispanic woman in space when she blasted off aboard the Space…

Barbie Launches Doll of COVID Vaccine Designer Sarah Gilbert

By CATRIONA HARVEY-JENNER Barbie is an icon, but it’s not ‘one-size-fits all’ where the famous doll is concerned these days. Mattel, which manufactures Barbie, has just launched a special release doll modelled on the scientist who created the Oxford coronavirus vaccine: Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert. Now that’s iconic. The traditional image you might have of Barbie may be the slim, white, blonde doll that first launched in…

Thy Tran: From Refugee to Micron VP

Thy Tran helped develop the new generation of DRAM chips By Joanna Goodrich Thy Tran had a harrowing journey to the United States. Tran, now vice president of DRAM process integration at Micron in Boise, Idaho, fled Vietnam with her family in 1979, four years after the fall of Saigon. “I remember sneaking out in the middle of the night on our third attempt,”…

4 Ways to Feel Empowered in a Male-Dominated Industry

By Bethany Peterson As we take the time to celebrate the incredible contributions of women throughout history during Women’s History Month, it’s also a good moment to look around at the women currently fighting to be taken seriously, gain equality, and earn well-deserved respect in spaces still dominated by sexism and discrimination.  If the last #OscarsSoMale season is any indicator, representation remains seriously lacking…

Meet The Trailblazers Reshaping Surgery in Australia

By Lauren Reddiex Women account for just 11 per cent of consultant surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. The road to becoming a specialist is far from easy, with years of extensive study and long days of hospital-based training. When you’re in the business of saving lives, work-life balance can be an elusive luxury. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke to five…

Women Scientists at Forefront of COVID-19 Research

By UN Women researchers have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, with female scientists across the globe playing pivotal roles, from advancing knowledge on the virus, to developing vaccines, treating patients and assessing the pandemic’s devastating economic and social impact. However, the health crisis has laid bare disparities in the scientific system. Girls are significantly under-represented in Science Technology…