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.Minimum Requirements
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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.
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 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.
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.
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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
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