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Women in STEM: Shirley McBay

January 4, 2022

Newsroom Photo Credits: Spelman College Archival Collection Shirley McBay (1935 – 2021) Pioneering mathematician Shirley McBay was the first Black student to receive a doctorate from the University of Georgia and the first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics there. She was a leading voice for diversity in science and math education.   She…

Women in STEM: Mary Somerville

December 7, 2021

Newsroom Mary Somerville (1780 – 1872) Born into an aristocratic Scottish family in 1780, Mary Fairfax Somerville was a scientist, writer, and polymath who was elected the first female Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1835. At John Stuart Mill’s insistence, Somerville’s signature was the first on a petition giving women the right…

Discussing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

November 18, 2021

Newsroom On November 17, more than 70 KC Tech Council members came together to discuss solutions aimed toward creating diverse, equitable and inclusive cultures within Kansas City’s tech industry. When the KC Tech Council released KC Tech Specs v4 earlier in 2021, one of the leading takeaways was that Kansas City has a prevailing opportunity…

Women in STEM: Vera Rubin

November 8, 2021

Newsroom Photo Credit: Archives & Special Collections, Vassar College Library Vera Rubin (1928 – 2016) Vera Rubin was an American astronomer whose pioneering work provided some of the first evidence for the existence of dark matter. She was the first student at Vassar College to receive a B.A. in astronomy, graduating in 1948. She then…



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