February 11 marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This exciting and relevant annual observation established by the United Nations in 2015 focuses on ongoing growth toward gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine).
We are thrilled to see a growing presence of women in our RTB relationships, including a partnership with Women in Apologetics and the fantastic giftings of women in our scholar community. Here are a few highlights of these incredible people:
astrophysicist and RTB’s first fellow
Cynthia served 35 years in various roles for NASA space missions. Her research interests included high-energy astrophysics, stellar evolution, and nucleosynthesis.
Anjeanette “AJ” Roberts
molecular biologist and RTB’s first full-time female staff scholar
AJ conducted postdoctoral research in viral pathogenesis and “proof-of-concept” vaccine studies in Dr. John Rose’s lab at Yale University. She then spent two years in Samara, Russia, doing Christian mission work and public health lecturing.
chemist and member of RTB’s Visiting Scholar program
Cynthia worked for Stockhausen Inc. developing emulsion-based polyacrylates for wastewater treatment. In Greensboro, NC, she started working with the local chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) as their secretary, managing the newsletter. Cynthia also initiated the Women’s Chemist Committee for the chapter.
chemical engineer and member of RTB’s Visiting Scholar program
Katie was one of only three graduate students selected for the Caltech Everhart Lecture Series, and in 2013 her work was published in Science magazine. Currently, Dr. Galloway serves as an NIH National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she works on converting skin cells into neurons to study neurodegenerative diseases.
We look forward to witnessing the increasing and valuable contributions of women in science and the empowerment of our young girls to reach for the stars!