Women in Science
August 8 through December 2015
Colorful comic book graphics in this panel exhibit invite young U-M Museum of Natural History visitors from every background to see themselves working in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and changing the world.
Developed by Ann Marie Macara, a fifth-year graduate student in the U-M Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, the exhibit features four women scientists whose work had a major impact in their fields. These women persevered against the odds and are powerful role models who continue to inspire young women to follow in their footsteps in STEM.
Mary Anning represents Science for her discoveries of fossils from the Jurassic period. Annie Easley personifies Technology as one of the few African-American computer scientists to work at NASA (then NACA) as a ‘human computer’ and who then developed software for rockets. Sarah Goode stands for Engineering as the first African-American woman to receive a US patent for her invention of the folding cabinet bed. Finally, Wang Zhenyi exemplifies Mathematics for her mathematical models of astronomical events, including eclipses.
The exhibit was made possible through the support of the U-M Life Sciences Institute; a MAAS Professional Development Award; the Program in Biomedical Science; the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; the Women in Science and Engineering Program; FEMMES (Females Engaged in More Math, Engineering and the Sciences); Rackham Graduate School; and CEW Riecker Graduate Student Research Grant.
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