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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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Women & Financial Empowerment

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By Shreya Das I returned home one day two years ago, to find my aunt comforting a sobbing woman as she told her about her experiences at the hands of an abusive husband. Poonam was a maid working several shifts during the day while simultaneously looking after her children and her own household in the evening. Her husband had just forced…

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Women & Summer Reading

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Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time for vacation, travel, pool time, and hopefully a little bit of rest and relaxation. If you’re looking for a good book to get you through the rest of the summer, here are some recommendations from the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. This is a compilation of suggested reads by past scholars, as well…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Erin Marshall

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Erin Marshall was an Undergraduate Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Where are you from? Frankfort, Kentucky Where did you go to school? What did you study? I attended Wake Forest University, where I studied politics and international affairs. What was the best part of your internship? My internship left me with lifelong connections that…

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