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6 Women In STEM To Watch Out For 2018

News Date
1/1/2018
Date Posted
1/1/2018

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WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2018 -- 2017 has been, in many ways, a great year for girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). An 11 year old girl won a national science prize for inventing a water filter to help solve the Flint water crisis. A Japanese physician gained international acclaim after she combatted misinformation about the HPV vaccine. Even the Girl Scouts got in on the act, announcing a new middle-school program to attempt to close the gender gap for women in STEM. And as the next year rolls around, new women will be coming to the forefront to get their time in the spotlight. From chemists who are transforming the way in which we look at DNA to pioneers in apps and tech to artificial intelligence experts who want to teach girls how to code chatbots, the female heroes of STEM in the new year come from hugely varied disciplines. And it's shaping to be a banner year for girls in STEM in particular; even American Girl, the doll company, has announced that its 2018 Girl Of The Year is a doll based on an aspiring astronaut. While STEM disciplines continue to see gender imbalance, 2018 will hopefully see women and girls inspired to enter STEM — and change the world when they do. Apps are a booming business. Polly Rodriguez, a co-founder of the tech collective Women Of Sextech, has been making headlines recently for the amount of capital she's raised for her sexual wellness app Unbound, which combines a subscription service of toys, condoms and other titbits with an online shop and articles. It's raised $2.7 million thus far, and is set to be the next big name in sexual health apps for women — and Rodriguez, who started the company after her own experience of cancer and chemotherapy, might just be the next tech entrepreneur to watch out for. Keep an eye out for Unbound as a rising app star. Dr. Subramanian is one of the 2017 L'Oreal Women In Science Fellows, an annual award for rising stars in STEM fields across the world. Her area of research? Quasicrystals, a kind of crystal that earned their discoverer the Nobel Prize in 2011 for their sheer weirdness. Dr. Subramanian looks at why quasicrystals possess their distinguishing feature — their internal patterns never repeat — and how they can be used in manufacturing and other industries. Sounds difficult to explain at a party, but it may prove to be the cornerstone of a lot of extremely cool stuff in the future.

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