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Science for All: Meet World-Changing STEM Leaders

Science for All: Meet World-Changing STEM Leaders

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which also falls during Black History Month. It's a great time to learn about women and Black leaders from The University of Texas at Austin and beyond who are making a difference and meet scientists and STEM leaders who are shaping science, computing and mathematics for years to come.

The WorldChangers website celebrates STEM leaders, including women and Black mathematicians and scientists such as Karen Uhlenbeck, Ray Floyd Wilson, Lisa Ng and Cécile DeWitt-Morette.

Meet Real World Changers

Success in natural sciences disciplines requires ingenuity, grit, insight and a pioneering spirit. The World Changers project introduces you to extraordinary women and individuals of color in STEM who have made a difference in their fields and for society. Available on the site for download are digital displays and posters that celebrate these STEM leaders, many with University of Texas ties. Grab a new Zoom background or simply browse the site to meet amazing people like Texas mathematician Vivienne Malone-Mayes or history-making NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson.

Attend a Panel with Pioneering Women in Natural Sciences

Poppy Northcutt, a veteran of mission control for Apollo 11; Camille Parmesan, a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Leticia Nogueira, principal scientist for data science at the American Cancer Society; and Toyin Falola, M.D., clinical director of Buoy Health, will speak March 24 at a panel sponsored by the college's Women in Natural Sciences at the Texas Science Festival. The event is free and open to all but requires registration. Find it and more offerings at the festival schedule of events, where dozens of women in STEM will showcase research, innovation and scholarship that advances "science for a changing world," this year's festival's theme. 

Shalene Jha

Join UT Computer Science in Celebrating Black CS Innovators

For Black History Month, the Department of Computer Science is using its social media platforms to introduce the community to Pioneers of Computer Science, like NASA mathematician and engineer Dorothy Vaughan and John Henry Thompson, the inventor of Lingo. 

Get to Know Trailblazing Botanists and Biologists

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is shining a spotlight on noteworthy women scientists in fields that advance native plants. Sharing some of the people who impress, inspire and "reinforce achievements of humanity" in its latest e-news, the Wildflower Center encouraged folks to learn about current UT Austin associate professor of integrative biology and pollinator expert Shalene Jha, UT Austin's first herbarium curator Mary Sophie Young and upcoming Texas Science Festival events that the Department of Integrative Biology and Wildflower Center are co-hosting, like a talk by internationally recognized botanist Susanne Renner on March 25.

Take In a Film Screening

Each year, the Cockrell School of Engineering's Girl Day at UT Austin introduces new generations to STEM. This year, the event is being held virtually throughout Engineers' Week (Saturday, February 20, 2021 through Monday, March 1, 2021), and it includes many computer science and natural sciences offerings.

Students and their parents or educators are invited to participate in 10 days of virtual, free hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fun. Programming caters to K-8th graders, high schoolers, and any adults who may want to join, including in three film screenings (for watching on your own device during these windows).

  • ConnectHER Women & Girls in Tech Film Screening - Saturday, February 20, 2021 through Monday, March 1, 2021 
  • Coded Bias Film Screening - Sunday, February 20, 2021 through Thursday, February 25, 2021 
  • Picture a Scientist Film Screening - Friday, February 26, 2021 through Sunday, February 28, 2021 

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