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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Ryan Corbett

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Ryan Corbett was a Graduate Public Service Scholar in the summer of 2016, when she interned at the Caribbean Protection Unit at the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Where are you from? Boston, MA Where did you go to school? What did you study? I studied philosophy and comparative religions when I was an undergraduate at Dickinson College. I also received a master’s…

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Women & Breaking Barriers

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by Dr. Dava Newman Eleanor Roosevelt once said that the “future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I want to thank the organizers of the Breaking Barriers event, the board members of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, the sponsors, and all the STEM leaders here. I thank you for your creativity, innovation, imagination, and for your…

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Women & Reclaiming Our Time

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By Rebecca Davis, Kristen Hecht, and Maggie Moore On January 21, 2017, people around the world, including members of the B. A. Rudolph Foundation family, gathered to march – not against the election of one man – but because they believed in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all, one in which the human rights and…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Jessica McDonald

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Jessica McDonald was a Graduate Public Service Scholar in the summer of 2016, when she interned at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of International Affairs.  Where are you from? Doylestown, PA Where did you go to school? What did you study? I attended Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment where I obtained a Masters in Environmental Management with…

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Dr. Dava Newman

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Biography Dr. Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member in Cambridge, MA. She is also a MacVicar Faculty Fellow (a chair for making significant contributions to undergraduate education); and was the former Director of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT (2003–2015); and…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Ellie Fratt

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Ellie Fratt was a STEM Scholar in 2016, when she interned at the Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Where are you from? Ashland, Wisconsin Where did you go to school? What did you study? Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I am a Neuroscience major and Chemistry and Religious Studies double minor. What was the best…

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Women & Work-Life Balance

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By Eleanor Krause The United States may be referred to as the “leader of the free world” but it lags woefully way behind other nations when it comes to supporting its workforce – specifically, in providing employees with paid time off to address personal needs like caring for infants or elderly relatives, or recovering from personal illness. A few states…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Emily Mediate

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Emily Mediate was an Undergraduate Public Service Scholar in 2015, when she interned for the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of African Affairs, Ethiopia desk. Where are you from? Colorado Springs, Colorado Where did you go to school? What did you study? University of Notre Dame, B.A. 2015 in Africana Studies and Health Studies University of Oxford, MSc 2017…

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Women & STEM Education

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By Meredith Moore When I was in college, Larry Summers – then the president of Harvard University – suggested that one reason there are few women in the top science positions is a lack of aptitude compared to men. As a woman majoring in science, I was outraged. Almost a decade later, I am outraged again that Google engineer James Damore…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Racquel Sohasky

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Racquel Sohasky was a STEM Scholar in 2016 when she interned for the Perioperative Clinical Research Institute in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Where are you from? Sylvania, OH Where did you go to school? What did you study? I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor…

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