Enjoying being gifted women in science and technology

Caltech’s women students

Caltech student-robotics-FBA news article in 2007 reported:

“At Caltech [in Pasadena, CA], a record number of women have enrolled this fall… 87 women are entering a freshman class of 206 students in September.

“That 37% share is Caltech’s highest since it began admitting undergraduate women in 1970, when pioneering females comprised 14% of the entering class.

[Original photo no longer available: Incoming freshman Elizabeth Mak, 18, mixes food for fruit flies for a bacterial colonization experiment at the science and engineering school.]

[From Caltech chemistry improves, By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2007.]

Photo: a robotics student from the Caltech Facebook page.

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Caolionn O'Connell

Caolionn O’Connell, PhD

“Due to my lack of enthusiasm for class work, it is a little surprising that I should have gone into physics.

“But once the abstract part of science was explained to me in terms of the concrete components.. then it all seemed to make sense….

“E = mc2 is incredibly well known… it might be a bit surprising to learn we actually use it outside the classroom…. without Einstein and our understanding of The Equation, I wouldn’t have a job.

“Well, I would have a job somewhere, I hope, but I probably wouldn’t be having as much fun.”

Caolionn O’Connell, PhD, from the page Science and talent

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Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar-KissMyMath“When I entered UCLA, I thought majoring in film would be the natural course for someone like me, since I’d spent my teenage years in front of a camera.

“Then fate intervened. I took a math class on a whim one semester.

“I liked how it felt when my mind opened up and started churning to solve a tough problem”

Also see article:
Danica McKellar: “Being girly and smart is not either-or”

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One of many Davidson Fellow Laureates, Alexandra Courtis, 17 developed her project titled “Bright Luminescent Silicon Nanoparticles for Biological Applications” as “a new method of creating luminescent silicon nanorods and quantum dots, used in biomedical imaging and cancer treatments to track biological processes.”

[From Davidson Institute]