Women in Nanoscience

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And still they persisted... Women engineering doctorates double in the last 10 years

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Some good news….. According to NSF figures released today, the number of women engineering doctorates in the U.S. almost doubled over the 10-year time span, 2005-2015. In 2005, there were 1182 women doctorates awarded in engineering. In 2015, that number was 2301 (95% higher). The number of women doctorates in chemistry and physics also increased: there were 1077 chemistry PhD degrees awarded to women in 2015 (up 49%). The number of new women physicists and astronomers with doctoral de...

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Vote for your favorite nano-superhero

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)


It’s time again to vote for your favorite nanotechnology superhero. NSF’s Nanotechnology Coordination office has just announced the finalists of their annual Gen Nano contest. Take a look!

Do you prefer Agent X’s fight against the deadly Leukos (Leukemia) using nanobots and nanosens...

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Beatrix Potter, scientist?

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (1)

The Christmas season is centered around children. WiN hopes that many of their Christmas gifts were books, especially those with an unvarnished view of the world. And when we think of children’s books, one of the first names that comes to mind is Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved Peter Rabbit stories. But did you know that Beatrix Potter was a scientist?


Beatrix was not allowed to go to school...

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Computer scientist "Amazing Grace" Hopper awarded the Medal of Freedom by Obama

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (1)

This was a banner week for women programmers to be recognized for their contributions to science: The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to “Amazing Grace” Hopper by President Obama.


Grace Hopper is an inspiration to all of us women programmers. She wrote software codes when there was barely a true “computer” to use it on. She started in the 1940s and continued contributing to the field for four decades. Beyond her ability to inspire women who ...

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Woman who coded the Apollo XI Moon Landing wins Medal of Freedom

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Yes, there are too few women who are trained and employed as software engineers, but there are women out there quietly programming their way to history. And some of them have been doing this for decades. Case in point, Margaret Hamilton helped write the code that allowed astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to land on the moon in 1969. Last week she was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama.


(Margaret Hamilton inside a moc...

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Roll out the red carpet for the Vizzies awards show

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)


It’s time to vote for your favorite visual representation of science and engineering. Yes, it’s the 2017 “Vizzies”. The finalists have been selected but your vote will determine the winners. Categories exist for photos, videos, posters, interactive. VOTE VOTE VOTE here.


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Zap... Pow... Lego Launches a Line of Female Superheroes

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)


One of WiN’s favorite pastimes involves playing with Legos and now they have introduced a new line of all-female superheroes (superheroines): Wonder Woman, BatGirl, etc. Lego’s objectives are that these new characters will inspire girls to be “smart, courageous and empowered to be an everyday Super Hero.” We can’t argue with that, especially just in time for the Holidays.

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What's next for ultra-thin materials? Cecilia Mattevi reviews synthesis options

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Graphene caused a lot of excitement with its one atomic layer-thick form and extraordinary properties. But this just opened the door to a whole load of other new 2D materials. Some of the more successful ones so far have been transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) like sulfides, selenides and tellurides of molybdenum and tungsten (MoS2, WS2, WSe2, WTe2, MoTe2 and MoSe2. These ultimately thin sheets of atoms are held together by relatively weak van der Waals forces, but have interesting hold...

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Drop-by-drop 3D printing of complex robots

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Daniela Rus (Elec. Engr. & CS at MIT) and her team of scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new way to make complex machine parts using a 3D printer. They printed dynamic robot bodies using a commercially available multi-material 3D inkjet printer and in a single-step process.


This “printable hydraulics” approach, provides a design template that can b...

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Turning urine into fuel- yes, it's possible.

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (1)

The pressure is on to find sustainable ways of producing energy. Bioenergy is one such choice and there are many ways of producing it – anaerobic digestion, fermentation, gasification, etc., but these processes operate at harsh conditions of temperature and pressure making the scale up process difficult. Microbial fuel cells seem promising; they use bacteria to turn organic waste matter into electricity. They are cheaper to operate than traditional processes and produce less waste. But...

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