Category Archives: Biology

Patricia Schmit

Photo provided by Tom Schmit for this newspaper article.  Caption:  Patricia Weber Schmit, Sophia Schmit’s grandmother, working at an electron microscope in 1948. Thanks to Bill Messer who sent this story. Bill says:  this was emailed to me by a … Continue reading

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Esther Lederberg

Thank you to @GIST_IPA, the International and Public Affairs team at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in South Korea,  for calling attention my attention to this BBC article, by Jawad Iqbal entitled “The women whom science forgot.” … Continue reading

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Diana Wall

Nematodes make me smile. That is what I’m currently studying. They are really important. Nematodes are part of the food web beneath our feet – in the soil. We have to sustain our soils. I study nematodes (roundworms) and other … Continue reading

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Ursula Franklin

Thanks to Deb Hirsch, who pointed out this article in the Atlantic about Ursula Franklin.  According to the article, The 92-year-old metallurgist pioneered the field of archeometry, the science of dating archaeologically discovered bronzes, metals, and ceramics. Her research into spiking … Continue reading

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Marian Diamond

Professor Marian Diamond is featured on the University of California Research Tumblr, along with this great picture.  The Tumblr links to a story about how Professor Diamond studied Einstein’s brain and to her online course on human anatomy at UC … Continue reading

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Beatrix Potter

Book of Beatrix Potter’s drawings in the Armitt Collection. Thanks to Sam Mason, who has blogged about Beatrix Potter (later Mrs Heelis) here and suggested her for Grandma got STEM.  Sam shared that this biography describes her contributions to mycology … Continue reading

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Sheila Efron Taube

I was delighted to receive an email from Sheila’s son David, who heard about GGSTEM and decided to help his daughter make a video asking her grandmother about her work. This post includes a link to that video, a post … Continue reading

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Mary-Dell Chilton

Thanks to Steven Goldsmith, who submitted this post about his colleague Mary-Dell Chilton. Mary-Dell Chilton got STEM. Mary-Dell Chilton has been called “the Queen of Agrobacterium” for her discovery of the process by which genes can be inserted into plants, … Continue reading

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Libbie Henrietta Hyman

Thanks to Allegra Swift, who pointed out this information from the Smithsonian Archives: Libbie Henrietta Hyman (1888-1969) graduated from the University of Chicago in 1910 and earned a Ph.D. degree from Chicago in 1915. She stayed at the university with … Continue reading

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Thank you to Harriet Hopf for this post! Here is the story of my mother, who is a rocking STEM Grandma and has been an amazing role model for me.  I’m old enough to be a STEM Grandma, but my … Continue reading

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