Today, we’re traveling to the mid to late-nineteenth century to meet Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. He pioneered several firsts in his field: opening the first hospital with an interracial staff in 1891 and performing the first successful open heart surgery in 1893.
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In this second installment of our Black History Month series honoring black scientists and inventors, we’d like to bring it home to our own state of Virginia. We have James Edward Maceo West to thank for the mechanics used in more than 90 percent of modern microphones.
Here at Science Matters, we hesitate to confine black history to a month. In fact, we strive to bring stories of scientists of all racial and cultural groups to the forefront as we pursue learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. However, we would like to take the opportunity this February to acknowledge and highlight achievements by black Americans, as society often did not value their genius.
You might know October as the month for fallen leaves, pumpkin carving and warm cider, but here at Science Matters we have a different tradition brewing. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and that means it’s time for our favorite citizen scientists to hit the ’Net in pursuit of knowledge and safety. No prior experience required.
Are you ready for the hot, sunny promise of summer? As you prepare for the joys of the season, don’t forget: when temperatures rise, your consumption of resources does, too.
Where do science and art intersect? Narcissus Quagliata has some ideas. The internationally-renowned stained glass artist will speak at a VCU Mathematics Colloquium on Friday about his 40-year career in the arts. Quagliata will discuss the connections between science and art using his own experience working with the medium of light. He will also talk about his thoughts on dreaming and the nature of time.
The Steward School in Henrico County is turning the student-teacher dynamic upside-down, placing babies at the head of the class. Health teacher Meredith McGuire recruited Dr. Charles Terry, a local pediatrician and Steward School board member, along with a group of babies and toddlers to lead lessons on human development.
You probably knew Virginia is for lovers, but you might not have heard about its geological merits. A new exhibition opening January 24, 2014 at the University of Richmond will showcase the wide variety of minerals found in the Commonwealth, and will discuss the past and future use of those resources.