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About the Site About I was Wondering

The Web site iWASwondering.org is a project of the National Academy of Sciences intended to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and to highlight for young people the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists. The site draws from and accompanies the publication of a ten-volume series of biographies entitled Women's Adventures in Science, co-published by the Joseph Henry Press (an imprint of the National Academies Press) and Scholastic Library Publishing.

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About Women's Adventures in Science

The Web site iWASwondering.org is inspired by Women's Adventures in Science, a biography series for middle-school-aged students co-published by the Joseph Henry Press and Scholastic Library Publishing. Women's Adventures in Science chronicles the lives of contemporary, working scientists. Despite their varied backgrounds and life stories, these remarkable women all share one important belief: the work they do is important and it can make the world a better place.

Each of the women profiled in the series participated in her book's creation by sharing important details about her life, providing personal photographs to help illustrate the story, making family, friends, and colleagues available for interviews, and explaining her scientific specialty in ways that will inform and engage young readers. The scientists also participated directly in the creation of the Web site.

Acknowledgments

The book series and this Web site would not have been possible without the generous assistance of Sara Lee Schupf and the National Academy of Sciences, an individual and an organization united in the belief that the pursuit of science is crucial to our understanding of how the world works and in the recognition that women must play a central role in all areas of science.

Enhancements to this Web site, including the addition of the moderated forum Ask It!, were possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Sigma-Aldrich Foundation, Robert and Mary Galvin, and George and Cynthia Mitchell. Their support of this project is greatly appreciated by the National Academy of Sciences.

  The books in the WAS Series
   

Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France By Lorraine Jean Hopping

Gorilla Mountain: The Story of Wildlife Biologist Amy Vedder By Rene Ebersole

Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel By Fred Bortz

Strong Force: The Story of Physicist Shirley Ann Jackson By Diane O'Connell

Forecast Earth: The Story of Climate Scientist Inez Fung By Renee Skelton

Space Rocks: The Story of Planetary Geologist Adriana Ocampo By Lorraine Jean Hopping

Robo World: The Story of Robot Designer Cynthia Breazeal By Jordan D. Brown

People Person: The Story of Sociologist Marta Tienda By Diane O'Connell

Gene Hunter: The Story of Neuropsychologist Nancy Wexler By Adele Glimm

Nature's Machines: The Story of Biomechanist Mimi Koehl By Deborah Parks

About the National Academies Press

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy. The institutions represented by the NAP are unique in that they attract the nation's leading experts in every field to serve on their award-winning panels and committees. NAP is the place for definitive information on everything from space science to animal nutrition.

About the Joseph Henry Press

The Joseph Henry Press (JHP), an imprint of the National Academies Press, was created with the goal of publishing well-crafted, authoritative books on science, technology, and health for the science-interested public. JHP books represent a broad range of topics, from modern physics and frontiers of medicine to scientific biography and early childhood development. The offerings of JHP will expand as the need for credible sources of information grows in our increasingly scientific and technological world.

The imprint's namesake, Joseph Henry, was an American scientist of renaissance spirit and a leader in the major scientific progress of his era, the mid-nineteenth century. He discovered principles of electromagnetism that paved the way for the telegraph and the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell praised him for his help and encouragement, saying, "But for Joseph Henry, I would never have gone ahead with the telephone." Joseph Henry helped establish the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and was the second president of the National Academy of Sciences.

About Fablevision Studios

FableVision is a media company dedicated to helping all learners discover their true potential. We create quality educational software and story-based, engaging media for children and adults.

In addition to publishing our own educational software, books and films, we collaborate with creative partners and producers to develop quality animation and interactive solutions for broadcast, web, school, and museum applications.

Under the creative leadership of Emmy Award-winning founder and CEO Peter H. Reynolds, FableVision creates "stories that matter, stories that move."

Website Credits

Joseph Henry Press Executive Editor
Stephen Mautner

Joseph Henry Press Women's Adventures in Science Managing Editor
Terrell Smith

Executive Web Producer-Editor
Josh Daniel

National Academies Technology Consultants
Leona Coffee
Megan Ellinger

Web Site Design
FableVision

Director of Science Education
April Lynn Luehmann, Ph.D.

Comics Development and Usability Research
Shalom Fisch, Ph.D.

Writers
Jordan Brown
Trisha Creekmore
Rene Ebersole
Adele Glimm
Diane O'Connell
Deborah Parks
Renee Skelton

Photo Researchers
Christine Hauser
Joan Mathys

Science Education Developers
Laura Farra
Sarah Hurley

Science Activity Editors
Sheila Higginson
Michelle Sweeny

Consulting Editors
Sara Daniel
Mary Kalamaras

Activity Tester
Penny Weissman

Scientific Consultants
Brian D. Dewhurst
John Quackenbush Ph.D

Copy Editors
Chernow Editorial:
Barbara Chernow
Julia Gilroy

Usability Researchers
Shuli Gilutz
Jennifer Shulman

Educational Testers
Rand School, Montclair, New Jersey
Twelve Corners Middle School, Rochester, New York
No. 23 School, Francis Parker, Rochester, New York

Video Credits
Kismet and Cynthia Breazeal video courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology—Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Adriana Ocampo video courtesy of Wonderwise, produced by NET Television (PBS) for Wonderwise, a project of the University of Nebraska State Museum. Judy Diamond, project director; Gary Hochman, producer, NET Television.

Amy Vedder video courtesy of Saving Africa's Forests, Copyright 1999, Wildlife Conservation Society

Gorilla footage courtesy Independent Television News Limited

Photo Credits
Gorilla photos and audio courtesy of Last Refuge Ltd.

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If you would like to comment on the Web site, please send your e-mail to WASComments@nas.edu.