Category Archives: Medicine

Muthulakshmi Reddi

  From this link and suggested by librarian Sam Kome: Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi was born on July 30, 1886 in Madras, India. Dr. Reddi was a tireless advocate for women’s rights in India. She was British India’s first woman legislator, … Continue reading

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Hemavathy Appan

This is a story of my mom, Dr. Hemavathy, a pediatrician in India. She was born in Kariapattinam, a small village in southern India in the state of Tamil Nadu. The village had one school that only went up to … 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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Mary Joye Burns

Thank you to Cathleen Burns, who submitted this post about her mother, Mary Joye Burns (nee Geary), pictured above.  Cathleen says   she was a Medical Technologist at Emory University in 1950. She always wanted to be a doctor but … Continue reading

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Post #100: Dodi Levy, Minnie Levy and Miriam Levy

Here we are at post 100.  Thanks to all of the people who have sent encouraging tweets, emails and Facebook messages!  Thanks especially to Jacque Wernimont, who has been a patient sounding board all along the way. I started Grandma … Continue reading

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Sylvia Block Goodman

Thanks to Nina Karp, who submitted this post about her grandmother, Sylvia Block Goodman, b 1917. The picture is marked “BI [Beth Israel] Hospital, Spring 1938, Bacteriology Lab”. It was taken during a 15-month training program for laboratory technicians. After … Continue reading

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Virginia Apgar

Thank you to regular GGSTEM contributor, Jill Tietjen, for this post about Virginia Apgar.  Apgar’s photo is from the Library of Congress. Do you know what your Apgar Score was?  In all likelihood, at one minute and five minutes after … Continue reading

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Maud Menten

Thanks to Erin Digitale, a science writer at the Stanford University School of Medicine who suggested Maud Menten for Grandma got STEM.  Erin wrote that she is the “Menten” in the “Michaelis-Menten” equation, which is used to explain much of the … Continue reading

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Today’s post is inspired by yesterday’s Atlantic.  For the In Focus section, Alan Taylor sent out a request for topics and promised to post high resolution pictures for the first 40 topics he received.  Number 18 contained a lovely shout-out to … Continue reading

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