“Ask a Scientist” Program – A direct link between UTSW trainees and the public

This fall marks the beginning of the “Ask a Scientist” program, launched by SPEaC with open participation from a number of UT Southwestern trainees. The concept is simple: members of the public submit their questions directly to SPEaC during our outreach events and we answer them via YouTube videos made by members of the UTSW community. Questions have been submitted by children and adults, and they have included any science inquiry they want. All questions are valid; anything goes!

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The women who shaped science: Ada Lovelace – The first programmer

Ada Augusta Byron, the Countess of Lovelace, was born in London on December 10th 1815. She was the daughter of the celebrated English poet Lord Byron and Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron. Her father moved away shortly after Ada’s birth when her parents separated. Her mother Lady Byron, who was a mathematician, brought her up. Ada had an unconventional upbringing for a noble woman of her time, encouraged to study science and mathematics, fields which were exclusively reserved for men. Continue reading

The women who shaped science: Maria Mitchell – The first female astronomer in the US

Maria Mitchell was born in Nantucket on November 1st, 1818. She was one of nine children to William and Lydia Mitchell and was raised as a Quaker. At a young age she already exhibited an avid curiosity and a passion for learning. As a Quaker, her parents believed in equal rights in the education of both men and women. Her father was an astronomer and a teacher, and had a meaningful impact on Maria’s curiosity for the stars by giving her first telescope and having her assist him in his work. Continue reading

October: a month of science discovery

The month of October brings us pumpkin-spiced everything, cool weather and all things Halloween. Throughout history, October has also been marked by countless events that changed the course of many scientific disciplines. In this blog post I will present 10 of the most relevant events, which, in my humble opinion, helped thrust their respective fields into new eras of technological innovation. Continue reading