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4000 Years of Women in Science

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Join Dr. Howard for this educational lecture as she examines 4000 years of women in science.

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Science is a traditional role for women. For over 4,000 years of written history women have participated in this great human adventure. Science and technology are neither new nor difficult for women any more than they are for men. Female creativity and genius fill our technical past. The stories of these women not only provide role models for future scientists, but also they also strengthen and broaden our ability to deal with the present. This talk will cover the exciting and enchanting history of women in science and technology, where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

Join Dr. Howard for this educational lecture on the history of women in science. An exemplar of her field, Dr. Howard received the first Bachelor's degree in physics given to a woman by the University of California, at Davis.. Then she got a Master's degree in Nuclear Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Then she worked for 15 years at various jobs in science. After her 15-year-break she finished her PhD at age 46 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. " So I did it in stages. This is unusual in science, but it does happen.".

After that, she worked at the National Aeronautic Science Administration in various departments. She worked on data from the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, at Marshall Space Flight Center; she managed a group of scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center; and at NASA Headquarters she managed Mission Operations and Data Analysis, for all operating astronomical satellites.

After she worked at NASA, she worked at the National Science Foundation. There she judged proposals. At NSF scientists are invited to manage large grant programs. The programs provide scientists money to help their research. Scientists make proposals to NSF. She judged the proposals to decide which ones are acceptable for getting money. She was a program officer for the Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology Program.

She then worked at the US Naval Observatory, which is in Washington, DC. There she was Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office and made professional almanacs. Now retired she lived in Columbia, MD. Her avocation is the history of women in science.

This project was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maryland Historical Trust in the Maryland Department of Planning, and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Maryland Humanities, Maryland Historical trust, Maryland Department of Planning or the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Patapsco Days has been financed in part with State funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

Special Thank You to our Media Partner, Maryland Public Television

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