Women scientists who will matter in 2015 (Part 2)

This week, DiscovHER shares the second part of a list of remarkable women scientists who greatly contribute to advancing science: 5 outstanding women, from all fields and ages, who constantly prove that women can make a difference in all scientific fields.

Mildred S.Dresselhaus 

Some call Mildred Dresselhaus the “queen of carbon science”. Born in 1930, she has made scientific History and continues to do so. A professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT, her pioneering work on the study of phonons, electron-phonon interactions, and thermal transport in nanostructures has led her to win the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in 2007 and the Kavli Prize in 2014.

She recently became the first woman to win the IEEE medal of honor :

Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson is a theoretical physicist whose work has allowed great advances in telecommunications research. Brilliant and determined, she was the 1st African American woman to get a PhD from MIT in 1973. In 2014, she was nominated by Barack Obama as Co-Chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. She is also President of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the US and is on the board of renowned companies such as IBM, New York Stock Exchange, FedEx, or the Smithsonian Institution.

Radhika Nagpal

Radhika Nagpal, a computer scientist from India, is a robot-maker. In 2014, with the engineering research team that she leads at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, she conceived biology-inspired robots called “Kilobots”. The long-term goal is to create teams of self-organizing robots to help address disasters and environmental catastrophes. She was one of Nature’s 10 people who mattered in 2014.

Watch this video to see Radhika explain what termites teach us about building complex computer systems : 

Marcia McNutt

Marcia McNutt is Science Magazine’s first female editor in chief. Over 1 million people every week read this major scientific journal on general science. McNutt’s journey to this high profile position has been outstanding. A geophysicist specialized in oceanography; she has participated in 15 expeditions, and led half of them. In 2009, Barack Obama nominated her at the head of the United States Geological Survey, a position she held for 4 years, and science advisor to the United States Secretary of the Interior.

Pardis Sabeti

Pardis Sabeti, an American of Iranian origin, is a computational geneticist and associate professor at Harvard University. In 2014, she has proven instrumental in the fight against Ebola. She led the team that identified the first cases as coming from Sierra Leone and sequenced the genomes of the virus with her team in order to create more effective drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests. In recognition of her outstanding work, Pardis Sabeti was designated Person of the Year by Time Magazine, along with other important Ebola fighters. This year, she was recognized as one of 'The 100 Most Influential People' by Time Magazine.

Kilobots Photo Credit: AsusCreative

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