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1 Contributions of Women and Minority Physicists Rebecca D. Yapp Illinois State University

2 AIP Study Percent of Physics Bachelor’s and Ph.D.’s Earned by Women,

3 The Girl’s of Science Dr. Lise Meitner Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson Myself— Rebecca Yapp

4 Lise Meitner ( ) Discovery of Nuclear Fission “The Woman Behind the Bomb”

5 Lise’s Childhood Born in Vienna Austria Family is Important Interest in Science & Math

6 Lise in School No Women Allowed? 1901 University of Vienna Received her doctorate University of Berlin

7 Lise’s Career Research with Otto Hahn Lise fled Germany due to Nazi Power Discovery of Nuclear Fission Nominated 9 times, yet never awarded Nobel Prize

8 Shirley Jackson (1946- ) 1 st African American Woman to receive a doctorate from M.I.T. 1 st Woman to serve as Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

9 Shirley’s Childhood Born in Washington, D.C How do things work? “Aim for the stars so that you can at least reach the treetops…” --Dad

10 Shirley in School High School Valedictorian Studied Physics at M.I.T. Ph.D. in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics

11 Shirley’s Career Research at Bell Labs Professor at Rutgers University Chairman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission President of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

12 Interesting Careers in Physics Medical Physics Nuclear Physics Physics in Automotive Industry

13 Why I Chose Physics Interest in How Things Work Like Math and Science Physics and Biomedical Engineering


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