Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World

Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World


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What does it take to be a STEM genius? Check out these exciting, highly readable profiles of a dozen contemporary women who are on the cutting edge of scientific research.

Searching the cosmos for a new Earth. Using math to fight human trafficking. Designing invisible (and safer) cars. Unlocking climate-change secrets. All of this groundbreaking science, and much more, is happening right now, spearheaded by the diverse female scientists and engineers profiled in this book.

Meet award-winning aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and twelve other science superstars and hear them tell in their own words not only about their fascinating work, but also about their childhoods and the paths they traveled to get where they are—paths that often involved failures and unexpected changes in direction, but also persistence, serendipity, and brilliant insights. Their careers range from computer scientist to microbiologist to unique specialties that didn’t exist before some amazing women profiled here created them. Here is a book to surprise and inspire not only die-hard science fans, but also those who don’t (yet!) think of themselves as scientists. Back matter includes reading suggestions, an index, a glossary, and some surprising ideas for how to get involved in the world of STEM.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536207347
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/15/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 206,652
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Tiera Fletcher is an award-winning aerospace engineer who was hired by NASA directly after graduating from MIT. While working to send humans to Mars and inspire others to achieve their dreams, she was featured in a North Face ad campaign, “Tiera Moves Mountains.” She travels the world with her family.

Ginger Rue is an author and a contributing editor for Guideposts magazine. She lives in Alabama with her husband and their blended family.

Sally Wern Comport is a commercial artist and an award-winning illustrator. She is also principal of Art at Large, Inc., a large-scale environmental graphics studio that has designed and produced exhibitions and public art for numerous museums and institutions. Sally Wern Comport resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with her family.

Table of Contents

Preface Tiera Fletcher 1

Fighting Modern Slavery through Math Davina Durgana 7

Providing Top Medical Care for All Creatures Evelyn Galban 21

Using Computer Science for Serious Fun Cierra Mcdonald 37

Saving the Tapirs (and Rain Forests … and Woods … and Grasslands) 53

Rethinking the Marshmallow Space Suit Dava Newman 67

Unlocking Climate Change Secrets from the Earth and the Ocean Maureen Raymo 79

Using Science for World Peace Mareena Robinson Snowden 91

Cracking Down on the World's Tiniest Stowaways Monsi Román 105

Engineering the Immune System for Tissue Regeneration Kaitlyn Sadtler 121

Searching the Cosmos for Another Earth Sara Seager 135

Safeguarding the Future of Girls with Cancer Teresa Woodruff 147

Driving Automobile Technology to (Literally) Unseen Destinations Minjuan Zhang 159

Acknowledgments 175

Glossary 176

Suggestions for Further STEM Awesomeness 181

Suggestions for Further Reading 185

Photo Credits 188

Index 189

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