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From Nazi-Occupied Denmark to the Labs of 4 Nobel Laureates

Just days before the Nazis invaded Denmark, Hilde Levi escaped in a rowboat to Sweden. She went on to work with four different scientists who later won Nobel prizes for their research. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   January 08, 2014
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Hats Off to Our Fellows! Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments

2013 has been a year to remember. Looking over our alumnae’s accomplishments, we’re reminded of just how exceptional this group of women is. Let’s take a look at all of the greatness this year has brought. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   December 18, 2013
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Jonas Salk, Polio Vaccine Inventor, Wrote Us a Letter

In Helen Claudia Henry’s 1955–56 International Fellowship file, I came across two letters written by Jonas Salk, the virologist who discovered the polio vaccine. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 17, 2013
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This Computer Scientist Overcame Brain Damage; Now She’s Helping Others Do the Same

When computer scientist Jeanie Schwenk suffered a traumatic car accident, she didn’t expect to discover a new career path. Her new company, Magno Processing Systems, will use visual imaging software to help individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 11, 2013
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A Word of Thanks: You Make a Difference

Earlier this month, we hosted the annual fall luncheon for fellows and alumnae at the national office. Everyone broke bread, and the fellows and alumnae shared where they had been, where they are, and how AAUW has helped them along the way. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   November 27, 2013
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Wilma Mankiller, the Inspiring First Woman Cherokee Chief

In 1993, AAUW gave our highest honor, the Achievement Award, to Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller, the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, was recognized for her contributions toward improving the lives of the Cherokee people. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   November 20, 2013
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Designing a Digital Reality

Ever wonder who creates those realistic renderings in games, movies, or industrial design? That would be someone like Holly Rushmeier, one of our 1987–88 American Fellows. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 13, 2013
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From Mt. Rainier to the Governorship of Washington, Dixy Lee Ray Was a Climber

A competitive go-getter from childhood, Dixy Lee Ray became the youngest girl to climb Mount Rainier (at the time) at age 12. Along with the AAUW Achievement Award, Ray was also awarded the prestigious John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award for biology, received 20 honorary degrees, and was named one of the 100 distinguished Washington citizens selected to commemorate the state’s centennial in 1989. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 31, 2013
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The Chemistry behind That Candy Corn: A Professor’s Novel Approach

1998–99 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Margot Vigeant is the second woman to achieve full professorship in chemical engineering at Bucknell University, and only a year behind the first. Her classes focus on real-world problems in food processing and product design. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 23, 2013
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A Veritable Star: Harvard’s First Professional Astronomer Was a Woman

Before space travel, before any rocket had been successfully launched, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was blazing a trail in her own right. After just two years at Harvard, Payne-Gaposchkin became the very first person to receive a doctorate in astronomy from the Ivy League school. Read more »