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By Traci Sorell. 2021
Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. This story traces her journey…from being the only girl in a high-school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, this story highlights Cherokee values such as working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all.
By Graham Lord, Russell Lord. 1997
Offers a glimpse into the life of Alf Wight, known as James Herriot. Moves from his childhood through his veterinary…school years and provides more fact about Wight's life as a vet than the somewhat fictionalized pieces seen in his books, such as All Creatures Great and Small (RC 06096)
The life of the woman who established the first American chapter of the Red Cross. Tells how she developed an…interest in nursing as a child. Helping her brother regain his health and caring for Civil War wounded inspired her lifelong work to improve conditions for the sick and injured. For grades 4-7
By Melissa McDaniel. 1994
Biography of the British scientist who is famous for his work with black holes. Details Hawking's early experience with computer…technology, his diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease in his youth, and his achievement in spite of the illness. Recounts his education, which led to a doctorate, and his scientific research. For grades 5-8 and older readers
By James H MacLachlan, James MacLachlan. 1997
Presents Galileo's life in the context of the Renaissance world in which he lived. Galileo, whose father wanted him to…study medicine, proved instead to have a natural talent for mathematics. The author discusses Galileo's studies and how he established principles that changed the way we see the world today--including his theories about falling bodies and the tides. For grades 6-9
By Danielle Steel. 1998
Biography of Steel's son, who died at nineteen battling manic depression. She recounts the ordeal of watching her intelligent, talented…son become a troubled teenager. She explains that, though it was clear to her that something was wrong with him as a child, he was not correctly diagnosed until he was fifteen. She presents both a tribute to Nick and a lesson about mental illness. 1998.
"Twelve-year-old Gitanjali Rao, appalled by the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, found a cheaper, more effective way to test for lead…in drinking water. Four undocumented teenagers from an underfunded high school in Phoenix built an underwater robot from spare and found parts. Substituting hard work and creative thinking for money and expensive equipment, they won a national robotics competition, beating a well-funded team from MIT. At fifteen, William Kamkwamba used materials from junkyards near his home in Malawai to build a windmill to generate electricity and pump water for his village. While each profile tells a different story, listeners will soon see the common threads of determination and ingenuity. Included are stories of these teens: -Jack Andraka, who improved the pancreatic-cancer test; -Gitanjali Rao, who created a device to detect lead in drinking water; -William Kamkwamba, who improvised a electrical generator using a windmill in Malawi; -Austen Veseliza, who created a digital display glove to aid people with speech impairment; -Deepika Kurup, who made an easier, cheaper method to remove toxins from drinking water; -Cristian Arcega, Lorenzo Santillan, Oscar Vasquez, and Luis Aranda, who created an underwater robot. Science educator and professor Fred Estes explores the motivation, challenges, and lives of these teen scientists and explains the science behind each invention simply and clearly. Listeners will see how the science they study today in school relates to these important discoveries."
By Theresa Brown. 2015
“Compelling and compassionate human drama. If you want to understand how modern medicine ticks, fasten your seat belt and spend…a day in the hospital with Theresa Brown on The Shift.” —Danielle Ofri, MD, author of What Doctors Feel In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and regular contributor to the New York Times Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a busy teaching hospital’s cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Every day, Theresa Brown holds these lives in her hands. On this day, there are four. Unfolding in real time under the watchful eyes of Theresa Brown--a dedicated nurse and an insightful chronicler of events--we are given an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. By shift’s end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and humanity. “This meticulous, absorbing shift-in-the-life account of one nurse’s day on a cancer ward stands out for its honesty, clarity, and heart. Brown . . . juggles the fears, hopes, and realities of a 12-hour shift in a typical urban hospital with remarkable insight and unflagging care. Her memoir is a must-read for nurses or anyone close to one.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama.” —Kirkus Reviews “I am filled with awe and gratitude for the work that the nurses like Theresa Brown do every day. She captures perfectly their central role in any patient’s life!” —Susan M. Love, MD, chief visionary officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, and author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book
By Nell Walker. 2022
Explore the inspirational tale of this Nobel prize laureate, Marie Curie. Learn about the fascinating life of Marie Curie, one…of the world&’s most celebrated women scientists who changed the course of the world through her scientific discoveries in this captivating children&’s biography. This intriguing history book for kids uncovers the trials, tribulations and most memorable moments in Marie Curie&’s career and life. It includes: • Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, this engaging narrative will appeal to even the most reluctant of young readers • 12 narrative chapters plus full-page quotes and photo galleries scattered throughout the book that keeps the momentum going, helping reluctant readers along as they navigate the book. • Authors are carefully chosen for each book to ensure voice and tone are exactly right • Definition boxes, information sidebars and inspiring quotes add depth, while a handy reference section at the back makes DK Life Stories the one biography series everyone will want to collect. This educational book makes for a perfect purchase for kids ages 7 to 11, especially those who are particularly interested in learning about science. Young readers will be engrossed in this biography as they learn about the major events of Marie Curie&’s life. Explore her childhood in Poland when she discovered her love of science using the lab kit her father brought home from his school. Discover when she coined the term &“radioactive&” and developed mobile radiology units that helped treat countless injured soldiers in the First World War. DK Life Stories biography series goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true-life stories of history&’s most interesting people. Each book includes an author&’s introduction letter as well as a glossary, timeline, family tree, quiz and index. Add Life Stories: Anne Frank or Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr to your collection!
By Thomas Maier. 1998
Biography of the noted and controversial pediatrician Benjamin Spock. Describes his career, liberal stand on issues, and troubled family life.…Also discusses his conversion to a macrobiotic diet, which is reflected in the last edition of his classic "Baby and child care." That edition and this biography were both published in 1998, the year he died. c1998.
By Emily Colas. 1998
The author describes her obsessive-compulsive habits, which she calls "insanity lite", that include checking everything from food to sidewalks to…avoid blood, drugs, needles, germs, and other dangers. Her husband eventually tires of acting as her shield, and Colas reluctantly agrees to medication. 1998.
By Rachel Ignotofsky. 2022
A strikingly illustrated overview of the computing machines that have changed our world—from the abacus to the smartphone—and the people who…made them, by the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science.Computers are everywhere and have impacted our lives in so many ways. But who created them, and why? How have they transformed the way that we interact with our surroundings and each other?Packed with accessible information, fun facts, and discussion starters, this charming and art-filled book takes you from the ancient world to the modern day, focusing on important inventions, from the earliest known counting systems to the sophisticated algorithms behind AI. The History of the Computer also profiles a diverse range of key players and creators—from An Wang and Margaret Hamilton to Steve Jobs and Sir Tim Berners-Lee—and illuminates their goals, their intentions, and the impact of their inventions on our everyday lives. This entertaining and educational journey will help you understand our most important machines and how we can use them to enhance the way we live. You&’ll never look at your phone the same way again!
By Homer H Hickam, Homer Hickam. 1998
Retired NASA engineer reminisces about boyhood in the Sputnik era in West Virginia when his first rocket attempt burned down…his mother's garden fence. He and his friends improved their models culminating in winning the 1960 National Science Fair. Movie October Sky is based on this book
Traces the development of radar technology, its use as a weapon in World War II, and its extensive peacetime applications.…Recounts the secretive development of microwave radar early in the war and describes its critical value in the Battle of Britain, at Midway, and in other important conflicts
By P. J. Hoover. 2022
When engineers are faced with an impossible problem, they don't quit. They look for solutions. These 15 women are coders…and engineers who have faced impossible problems and found solutions. They are each doing amazing work in technical fields while facing unique challenges that are not equally faced by men. Some have faced work/life balance offsets and long-distance relationship challenges. Others have faced teen pregnancy, homelessness, and domestic abuse. Many may have not had the same technical encouragement growing up that their male colleagues had. Science has typically been considered a man's field of study. There are all sorts of reasons why this is the case, though none of them is valid in today's society. Women can and should be anything they want to be. Problem solving with science and math is everyone's field, and it's time for the world to see powerful women succeeding in it.
By George Mattheson. 2017
In this unique memoir, a diagnosed schizophrenic takes readers inside his experience of reality blending with hallucination.George Mattheson was born…in Guyana and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago before settling in the United States. At age twenty-seven, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In Enigma, Mattheson shares his experience growing up talking to the Archangel Michael and providing intelligence to the CIA. For the son of intelligence operatives, the CIA was God and Washington, DC, was God&’s church. &“I have been experiencing the effects of stigmata lately, so I started to write this novel the best way I know how, by sharing both truth and fiction. For the truth, you&’ll have to find it on your own, but the fiction part is what I see in visions, memories, and dreams. It holds a hidden meaning for only the wise to decipher.&” —George Mattheson, from Enigma
By Nick Eyles. 2022
Tuzo is the never-before-told story of one of Canada’s most influential scientists and the discovery of plate tectonics, a pivotal…development that forever altered how we think of our planet. In 1961, a Canadian geologist named John "Jock" Tuzo Wilson (1908–1993) jettisoned decades of strongly held opposition to theories of moving continents and embraced the idea that they drift across the surface of the Earth. Tuzo tells the fascinating life story of Tuzo Wilson, from his early forays as a teenaged geological assistant working on the remote Canadian Shield in the 1920s to his experiences as a civilian-soldier in the Second World War to his ultimate role as the venerated father of plate tectonics. Illuminating how science is done, this book blends Tuzo’s life story with the development of the theory of plate tectonics, showing along the way how scientific theories are debated, rejected, and accepted. Gorgeously illustrated, Tuzo will appeal to anyone interested in the natural world around them.
By Dr Leana Wen. 2021
From medical expert Leana Wen, MD, Lifelines is an insider's account of public health and its crucial role—from opioid addiction…to global pandemic—and an inspiring story of her journey from struggling immigrant to being one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.“Public health saved your life today—you just don’t know it,” is a phrase that Dr. Leana Wen likes to use. You don’t know it because good public health is invisible. It becomes visible only in its absence, when it is underfunded and ignored, a bitter truth laid bare as never before by the devastation of COVID-19.Leana Wen—emergency physician, former Baltimore health commissioner, CNN medical analyst, and Washington Post contributing columnist—has lived on the front lines of public health, leading the fight against the opioid epidemic, outbreaks of infectious disease, maternal and infant mortality, and COVID-19 disinformation. Here, in gripping detail, Wen lays bare the lifesaving work of public health and its innovative approach to social ills, treating gun violence as a contagious disease, for example, and racism as a threat to health.Wen also tells her own uniquely American story: an immigrant from China, she and her family received food stamps and were at times homeless despite her parents working multiple jobs. That child went on to attend college at thirteen, become a Rhodes scholar, and turn to public health as the way to make a difference in the country that had offered her such possibilities.Ultimately, she insists, it is public health that ensures citizens are not robbed of decades of life, and that where children live does not determine whether they live.
By Michael White. 1997
Depicts Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) as a scientist who researched the universe by studying biblical prophecy, astrology, and magic. Traces…his youth in Grantham and years at Cambridge. Discusses how alchemy helped him to invent calculus, conceive the laws of motion and gravity, and investigate optics
By Barbara Kramer. 1997
Explores the astronaut training and flight that led Neil Armstrong to become the first astronaut to walk on the moon…on July 20, 1969. This biography details Armstrong's strong work ethic and educational accomplishments, along with his private life. For grades 6-9