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Encouraging the career interests of local women in computing
Encouraging the career interests of local women in computing

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Megan Smith Remaking Tech Policy
The New York Times has a lovely feature on Megan Smith, ex-Google and now advisor to President Obama on technology policy.

The article notes that Smith has already had a notable impact on the White House, including ensuring that President Obama meet Vinton G. Cerf, Google’s Vice President and one of the chief architects of the Internet, and Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. This helped Obama to support a free and open Internet.

Smith has advised Obama about how to recruit top technology workers, including women, to improve digital and mobile services. She also developed TechShop, a “maker space” that brings together health practitioners, engineers and designers to improve protective suits for health workers fighting the Ebola virus. Smith was also the brains behind the White House's “untold history of women in science and technology” website that promotes historical STEM women and encourages ordinary women in STEM to share their own stories.

All of this in less than six months! What will she do next?

Image & story: http://buff.ly/14cjwzs #stemwomen #megansmith #womenintec
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Two prominent women leaders from the University of Delaware will serve as invited panelists at the 2014 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference. #IWSTEM  

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Here we go...!
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Early registration deadline extended to Oct 15!  Help spread the word!  #ReachingNewHeights #RMCWiC2014

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Registration link is up.. go register by Oct 9! http://rmcwic.uwyo.edu/register.aspx

We've also had some changes to our keynote speakers.  We'll be updating the website as soon as possible with their biographies.  Our keynote speakers this year will be +Ruthe Farmer from +NCWIT and Patty Lopez from +Intel

#ReachingNewHeights #RMCWiC2014

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First Female Fields!
Breaking the gender barrier in the "Nobel Prize of mathematics"

Congrats to Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani: The first woman to win the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, commonly known as the Fields Medal, since the medal was first awarded in 1936.

Although Mirzakhani has won numerous awards in the past, the Fields Medal is often described as the Novel prize of mathematics, since Math doesn't have a Nobel category.

+Stanford University's press release notes that Mirzakhani was cited for her work in "geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered 'pure mathematics' and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory."

Of her recognition, Mirzakhani said, "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians... I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years."

In an interview with +The Guardian, Mirzakhani describes her work this way:

Most problems I work on are related to geometric structures on surfaces and their deformations. In particular, I am interested in understanding hyperbolic surfaces. Sometimes properties of a fixed hyperbolic surface can be better understood by studying the moduli space that parameterises all hyperbolic structures on a given topological surface.

These moduli spaces have rich geometries themselves, and arise in natural and important ways in differential, hyperbolic, and algebraic geometry. There are also connections with theoretical physics, topology, and combinatorics. I find it fascinating that you can look at the same problem from different perspectives and approach it using different methods.


More at the link below from +Stanford University and great insights into Mirzakhani's background from +The Guardian interview here: http://goo.gl/a8kRC7

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