Monday, March 15, 2010

Women's Adventures In Science

Here's a website that encourages girls to embrace science.

The Web site is inspired by Women's Adventures in Science, a biography series for middle-school-aged students co-published by the Joseph Henry Press and Scholastic Library Publishing. Women's Adventures in Science chronicles the lives of contemporary, working scientists. Despite their varied backgrounds and life stories, these remarkable women all share one important belief: the work they do is important and it can make the world a better place.

Each of the women profiled in the series participated in her book's creation by sharing important details about her life, providing personal photographs to help illustrate the story, making family, friends, and colleagues available for interviews, and explaining her scientific specialty in ways that will inform and engage young readers. The scientists also participated directly in the creation of the Web site.

The book series and this Web site would not have been possible without the generous assistance of Sara Lee Schupf and the National Academy of Sciences, an individual and an organization united in the belief that the pursuit of science is crucial to our understanding of how the world works and in the recognition that women must play a central role in all areas of science.

Enhancements to this Web site, including the addition of the moderated forum Ask It!, were possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Sigma-Aldrich Foundation, Robert and Mary Galvin, and George and Cynthia Mitchell. Their support of this project is greatly appreciated by the National Academy of Sciences.

The Book Series:
Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France By Lorraine Jean Hopping
Gorilla Mountain: The Story of Wildlife Biologist Amy Vedder By Rene Ebersole
Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel By Fred Bortz
Strong Force: The Story of Physicist Shirley Ann Jackson By Diane O'Connell
Forecast Earth: The Story of Climate Scientist Inez Fung By Renee Skelton
Space Rocks: The Story of Planetary Geologist Adriana Ocampo By Lorraine Jean Hopping
Robo World: The Story of Robot Designer Cynthia Breazeal By Jordan D. Brown
People Person: The Story of Sociologist Marta Tienda By Diane O'Connell
Gene Hunter: The Story of Neuropsychologist Nancy Wexler By Adele Glimm
Nature's Machines: The Story of Biomechanist Mimi Koehl By Deborah Parks

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