Patsy O’Connell Sherman

Not only was Pasty O Sherman a co-inventor of the product Scotchgard, but she was the first to create an “optical brightener” a detergent additive that allowed manufacturers to boast that their product could makes clothes “white than white.”

Alice Ball

The first woman and first African-American to earn a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, Alice Ball went on to develop a highly effective treatment for leprosy.

Elsa Garmire

While lasers have come to be part of our everyday lives, in the 1960’s they were a new and exciting technology. One scientist studying that technology was physicist Dr. Elsa Garmire.

Megan Leftwich

The principle investigator of the Leftwich Lab at GWU, Megan Leftwich leads a team of students and postdoc researchers in exploring biologically inspired fluid flows and using what they learn to inspire engineering solutions to problems.

Donna J. Nelson

Donna J. Nelson is an advocate for scientific accuracy in the media and was one of the science advisors for the television show Breaking Bad.

Susan Solomon

Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009 Dr. Susan Solomon’s work in atmospheric science helped us to understand the depletion of the ozone layer and the creation of the ozone hole in the Antarctic.

Ellen Ochoa

September 15 is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United State and today we would like to introduce you to Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in the world to travel to space and the first Hispanic woman to be the director of the Johnson Space Center.

Marla Spivak

In 2010 Dr. Marla Spival was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship grant which she used to help found the Bee Squad – a group that helps beekeepers and the community in the Twin Cities are of Minnesota to foster healthy bee populations and pollinator landscapes through education and hands-on mentorships.

Wanda Diaz-Merced

Astronomy is often considered a visible field of study, even though much of what is observed is outside the visible spectrum. By helping to develop the use of sonification as part of the study of astronomical objects Dr. Wanda Diaz-Merced not only carved out her own place in the field but is also an advocate for others with disabilities being part of the scientific community as well.

Jan Davis

Dr. Jan Davis is a Registered Professional Engineer, holds one patent, and oh yeah – she is also an astronaut.

Mary Vaux Walcott

Mary Vaux Walcott was known as the Audubon of botany for her illustrations of North American wildflowers.

Marjorie Lee Browne

Following her father’s passion for mathematics and with his encouragement Dr. Marjorie Lee Browne would become one of the first African-American women to earn a doctorate in mathematics.