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Women’s History Month: Honoring Achievements in Science

2013 March 1

By Maggie Sauerhage

Ecologist Rachel Carson helped shape how people see the natural world.

An ecologist who changed how an entire country looks at the natural world. The first woman to win a Nobel prize and the only one to win the prize in two separate fields. A computer scientist whose research helped launch rockets into space. A pioneer who realized the dangers of air pollution during the Industrial Revolution. A champion in protecting endangered species. And the first African-American woman to receive a degree in bacteriology.

Who are they? Rachel Carson. Marie Curie. Annie Easley. Mary Walton. Jane Goodall. Ruth Ella Moore.

These are just a few of many inspiring women who have impacted all of us with their innovations in science, engineering, conservation, medicine, and human health protection. They have inspired generations of scientists, engineers, trailblazers, women, and men to find a place where they can make their own impact, no matter how small, in comparison to these great achievements.

March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination.

In honor of women, both past and present, who have changed all of our lives for the better through their work protecting human health and the environment, this month we are profiling EPA women scientists and engineers who are striving to make the planet a safer, cleaner, and more sustainable place to live. They share their research, how they discovered their passion for science or engineering, and give advice for anyone who is interested in pursuing their dreams.

We’ll add more profiles throughout the month, so please check back as the next four weeks roll on and maybe you, too, will find a passion for environmental and human health research!

About the Author: Maggie Sauerhage is part of the communications team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Arman.- permalink
    March 1, 2013

    Remembering Eve…….

    Although you were a part of Adam’s Body, but today He must be know that your grand-grand-grand… daughter…. are becoming conqueror of the men, and the technology, and the world…. Thanks my Adam’s….!

  2. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    March 2, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    A Happy Women’s History Month, Maggie!

    Live forever & prosper!

  3. Kiyohisa Tanada permalink
    March 3, 2013

    Human production activity the change of the global environment
    How do you cause it?
    It is the splendid woman who took up this theme.
    It will be that influence is given to the global environment by “shell oil collection” now.
    Causing stagnation of production activity and the economy,
    It is important that we think about human economy.
    This problem “is antinomy”.

  4. Mary permalink
    March 6, 2013

    a) According to the Nobel Prize website – and Wikpedia, it would seem Rachel Carson never won a Nobel Prie
    b) According to the Nobel Prize website – Marie Curie is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize.

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