Women in Technology - Friday Links 24 July 2020

Jul 27, 2020

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Hi everyone!

This week we share mainly about sport, cinema and less-known women in STEM. Some suggestions on how to spot the comet and a nice webinar to attend.

General

  • Are you trying to inspire others with authentic and relatable images of women in STEM? Here an impressive collection!
  • NEOWISE comet: everything you want to know from NASA, and a website map to know the position in the sky
  • A free webinar organised by the CERN Knowledge Transfer Group on a novel ventilator for the covid-19 on Thu 30 July at 4pm
  • Lockdown thoughts and comics from Emma

Sport, Cinema and STEM

  • Stephanie Travers: The first black woman to stand on the F1 podium made history.
    She is no pilot, but a trackside fluid engineer.
  • The Golden Lion (Leone d'Oro) is the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival.
    The prize was introduced in 1949 by the organizing committee and is now regarded as one of the film industry's most prestigious and distinguished prizes.
    This year will go to two women for the first time:
    - Ann Hui : she is the only director having won the Grand Slam for Hong Kong Film Awards (meaning that a film won best picture, best director, best screenplay and best actor and actress at the same time).
    - Tilda Swinton : this video is a nice summary on why one should love her performance
  • Natalie Portman, Serena Williams and many other stars founded a New Women’s Soccer Team in Los Angeles

On the "cover"

  • Laura Bassi (1711-1778) was an Italian physicist and academic. She was the first woman to have doctorate in science and was also the first salaried woman teacher in a university. ⁠She was mainly interested in Newtonian physics and taught courses at the University of Bologna on the subject for 28 years. She also carried out experiments of her own in all aspects of physics.⁠
  • Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017) was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. Her research topics included Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. ⁠In 2014, Mirzakhani was honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. Thus, she became both the FIRST, and to date, the ONLY WOMAN and the first Iranian to be honored with the award (out of a total of currently 60 medalists).⁠
  • Austrian physicist Lise Meitner contributed significant advancements to the field of nuclear physics. She was also the first woman to become a physics professor in Germany.Meitner's work on nuclear fission was instrumental in her longtime research collaborator Otto Hahn winning the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Today, multiple prestigious awards in physics are named in honor of Meitner and she even has a chemical element -- meitnerium -- named after her.

Discuss

  • Do you have a STEM heroine? Have you ever met some of these incredible women? Who would be the perfect candidate for a street name at CERN?
    Share with us!
  • Thank you for your feedback on the 5YR, so interesting!

Have a good weekend,
Erica

on behalf of WIT steering committee


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