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Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Paving the Way for Female Astronomers

By Sarah Strassler   “Women should not have to do all of the adapting. It is time for society to move toward women, not women toward society” - Jocelyn Bell Burnell When a star dies, it leaves behind a stellar “corpse” in the form of a dense core with a strong magnetic field –…
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Untold Story Celebrating Pride: Alan Hart

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis which attacks the lungs and can spread to other organs if left untreated. TB is contagious and is spread through airborne particles such as those released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. As you can imagine,…
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Patricia Bath: Changing the Game for Cataract Surgery

“The ability to restore sight is the ultimate reward.” - Patricia Bath By Sarah Strassler The National Eye Institute reports that by the age of 75, almost half of all Americans have cataracts that affect their vision. As you get older, some of the proteins in your eye start to break down and…
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Benjamin Banneker, the First African-American Man of Science

“Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.” - Benjamin Banneker Is there a school in your neighborhood named after a person but you don’t know anything about them? In honor of Black History Month, we…
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Meet Gladys West, the Hidden Figure of GPS

Born in rural Virginia in 1930, Gladys West was critical to the development of what we now know as GPS or Global Positioning Systems. She grew up in a community of sharecroppers and realized she would need to focus on education if she did not want a future on farms or factories. From Valedictorian…
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Changing the Face of Medicine: Jennifer Giroux

Over the last nine months, we have grown very accustomed to hearing from Dr. Anthony Fauci and other public health leaders who help us better understand COVID-19 and the threats it poses to our health and the health of our communities, nation, and the world. Many of these voices are those of epidemiologists,…

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