Six Awesome Female Scientists Who are Rocking Our World in The 21st Century

Monday, November 25, 2013

Jill Tarter

April Labarron writes about six female researchers who are working on incredible discoveries this century.

Science has become so much more than a bunch of people in a lab staring at a selection of stereo microscopes. It's a fun, dynamic, and interesting field with highly creative people doing incredible work. Many of those people are women who, despite hostility in traditionally male fields, have managed and continue to do amazing things for us. Here are six absolutely incredible women who are rocking the science world in the 21st century.

Deborah Jin

Jin is working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on some really cool experiments. Literally one-third of a millionth of a degree above absolute zero cool. Jin managed to create a material that exists almost at the point where matter stops moving entirely not just once, but then again with a different substance to start with. This can open up incredible new avenues for learning how matter works.

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Margaret A. Liu

The Vice Chair of Transgene in Strasbourg, France, Liu is working on a way to combat HIV by using DNA injections. Using dormant viruses in order to make vaccines runs the risk of the virus becoming active again, but Liu's work is trying to side step that problem all together.

Marcia McNutt

President and Chief Executive Officer of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, she is the first woman to run a freestanding oceanography research institute in the US. She has a particular talent for working with researchers and engineers, encouraging new data and new material advancements.

Cherry Murray

Murray is not only the Vice President of Bell Labs' Lucent Technologies where she oversees their research strategy, she also does her own research on colloidal systems, which are suspensions where particles don't settle or dissolve in liquid, as well as work on phase transitions.

Jill Tarter

Tarter, pictured above,  is the Director of Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. An astronomer, she is in charge of setting up the arrays of radio telescopes and working with the data for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

Jacqueline K. Barton 

Barton is a Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Recently, she discovered that DNA conducts electricity in its normal state, but doesn't do so as well when it is damaged by certain chemicals or mutations. This gives scientists the ability to check for harmful mutations with chips made of DNA attached to gold on silicon wafers.

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April Labarron is a native of Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, California