Women In Technology - Friday Links - 08 October 2021

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  • Nobel Prizes: Announcements for the Nobel Prizes run between 6 and 11 October 2021,.. but where are the women winners?



So far, in this year’s Nobel prizes there is only one female winner: Maria Ressa, a Filipna journalist who was awarded the 2021 Nobel peace prize along with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov.

“we are fighting for facts” states Ressa: https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/oct/08/nobel-peace-prize-winner-maria-resser-a-world-without-facts-means-a-world-without-truth-video


The news agency Reuters commented (prior to the above-mentioned announcement)  “And the 2021 Nobel Prizes go to men... so far”:https://www.reuters.com/world/2021-nobel-prizes-go-men-so-far-2021-10-07/


Newsweek also highlights the lack of woman awarded for Nobel Prizes for Science in 2021: https://www.newsweek.com/nobel-prize-chemistry-physics-medicine-physiology-women-gender-gap-science-2021-female-laureates-1636233


And in case we need reminding: Jocelyn Bell Burnell who changed Astronomy Forever. He Won the Nobel Prize for It:  https://youtu.be/NDW9zKqvPJI


  • WIT Alternative Nobel Prize winners.

What with the distinct lack of female winners, the WIT steering committee put their heads together to come up with their own list of female nominees.


Physics: (from insidescience.org)
Lene Hau, Harvard University: https://www.physics.harvard.edu/people/facpages/hau
Lene Hau, is a leading physicist whose team has slowed light to about 40 mph, and even stopped it completely. The process involves gases of supercold sodium atoms and a couple of lasers, one that sends a light pulse through the gas while the other one controls the way the gas interacts with the light. In one case, the researchers were able to halt the light and store the information it possessed in the sodium atoms. Later, they could convert the information back to light. The ability to transfer information from light to matter and back again could also be useful in the aforementioned field of quantum information technology.


Chemistry: (from TheBRILLIANT.com)
Clarice Phelps: U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory https://www.ornl.gov/staff-profile/clarice-e-phelps  Phelps made history twice when she helped discover a new element, and was the first African-American woman to do so. She was then wiped off Wikipedia.

Carolyn Bertozzi, Stanford University: https://chemistry.stanford.edu/people/carolyn-bertozzi

Bertozzi, a chemist, is known for inventing ways to chemically modify molecules in living organisms or cells without damaging them. Bertozzi has named these reactions "bioorthogonal chemistry," or chemistry that doesn't interact with biology. These reactions can help researchers identify drug targets and label cells for imaging. 

Medicine: The scientist behind the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
Katalin Kariko: https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20201218-katalin-kariko-the-scientist-behind-the-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine

We  have a female winner: Maria Ressa: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2021/ressa/facts/


Annie Ernaux, who writes novels about daily life in France, is one of her country’s most acclaimed authors. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/04/nobel-odds-annie-ernaux-is-the-favourite-to-win-this-years-prize-for-literature


Economic sciences:
From the World Economic Forum, ’13 women who transformed the world of economics’ (only one of whom has been awarded the Nobel Prize in economics, Elinor Ostrom)


Which women would you like to see awarded?


  • Follow the journey of PhD student Ana Ventura Barroso in this video:

Ana Ventura Barroso is a PhD student in Particle Physics at DESY.
In this video, she showed us the journey to arrive to DESY passing through CERN, a small CMS experiment and her lab ! 🥼
Her work is focused on the testing the modules of the Silicon Outer Tracker detector of the CMS experiment which will be installed in 2027 for the High Luminosity Phase of the LHC.
Which kind of test are necessary Why her lab is called 'a clean room' How is living in Hamburg
These and many more questions will be answered in the video! 🤩

  • Fête de la Science at Ferney Voltaire this weekend, including WIT participation and support !


  • And finally, casting our gaze across the globe:


The village where men are banned: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/aug/16/village-where-men-are-banned-womens-rights-kenya

China's feminist Nomadland: The grandma who left an abusive husband for the open road – video https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/sep/08/chinas-accidental-feminist-icon-i-left-my-abusive-husband-for-a-life-on-the-road-video

China’s noisy ‘dancing grannies’ silenced by device that disables speakers: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/08/chinas-noisy-dancing-grannies-silenced-by-device-that-disables-speakers




About the Women in Technology (WIT) Community: The aim of this community is to provide an environment in which women are not in the minority when interacting with technology. Our objectives are: to encourage women to play the role of expert; to provide a supportive learning environment; and to build a network between the Women in Technology here at CERN. WIT welcomes members from all genders and all technical fields. Visit cern.ch/wit


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