Women Studies 320

Archive for April, 2013

My chat with the librarian

I chose to conduct an online chat with an OSU librarian. I told them about my topic, which is on Dr. Betty Harris. I told her about the few resources I found and also that most of the information I have found so far is very generic. There is not very much information on the explosives identifying device that she invented. She encouraged me to check out the library resources and conduct a search on OSU’s online database of articles., which didn’t yield many results.

After doing a search on the library website I still having no luck in finding a very solid article, the librarian suggested that I narrow my research down and focus on different aspects of Harris’s life. I decided to focus on the cultural aspects of Betty Harris’s life after finding out that the colleges she went to were all black schools. She suggested that I try to find research based on the cultural barriers that Harris faced, so I have set out to explore this.  I have found this to be the most helpful. Although I am still fairly early in my research, I have found some helpful articles!


Biography of Dr. Betty Harris

Dr. Betty Harris grew up in Louisiana. She pursued a chemistry degree in college and received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in chemistry. After getting her master’s degree she got a job working as a college assistant professor in the chemistry and mathematics department. She then began working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and ended up becoming a research chemist and became known as an expert in her field. Among many of her accomplishments, one of them was helping the Girl Scouts develop a chemistry merit badge. However, she is most well-known for her invention of a device that could perform tests in a field environment to identify explosives. She eventually began to work in  explosives research and development. She managed the lab at Solar Turbine Inc for a while before going to work for the U.S. Department of Energy Office. Harris also received the Governor’s Trailblazer Award for all of her chemistry-related achievements. And last, but certainly not least, Harris strongly advocated for a stronger education in science and engineering, “As a nation we must continue to provide a comprehensive and competitive education in science and engineering for our young people. We must always encourage and support them, for without research and development, progress in technology and information transfer will not occur.”



Cultural Research Project

Cultural Research Project: Patricia Bath was born in 1942 in New York amidst a brutal and racist time for African Americans in our history. Despite cultural barriers, she accomplished many things even before she graduated high school. At the age of 16 she was already working in a cancer research center. She excelled in school and had a love for science (she even became the editor of the high school science paper). Among many other accomplishments, she came up with an equation to mathematically predict cancer growth. After college Bath became a doctor and was the first black resident in Ophthalmology. After her residency she began to work at the University of California as an assistant professor of surgery and ophthalmology. After discovering an alarming rate of blindness in African Americans, she founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness (AIPB). Then, in 1981 she invented a surgical device that would change the lives of many, the Laserphaco Probe. The Laserphaco Probe was able to remove cataracts from patients’ eyes by using a 1 mm probe to enter one’s eye and use laser to break up the cataract. It had a secondary tube that was used as suction to actually remove the cataract. Her invention revolutionized the way these surgeries were performed and changed many lives. She continues to fight blindness and reports that “The ability to restore sight is the ultimate reward”. __________________________________________________________________________________________________

My blog experience part 2

Well, I have made it through the set up process. I am working on learning how to use all of the functions, change settings and to meet all of the requirements for class. It has been a learning process to figure out how to use WordPress, so I am just hoping I have done everything correctly. The main problem I have run into is with creating a sidebar. I have all of the necessary categories on my “sidebar”, but I am not sure if it showing up in the correct spot (it is underneath my most recent blog posts, rather than to the side). Hopefully, everything is okay. I’ll just keep learning!

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Welcome to my first blog! This will be a brand new experience for me and I am not quite sure what this will be like, but I am excited to learn some new technology! So far it has been pretty easy sailing and I haven’t had a problems…yet. I have set up my email signature, that was also simple and quick. I have only tried the text to speech option a couple of times and I think I have a love-hate relationship with it. It is nice because I am am auditory and visual learner and I absolutely hate reading for classes. However, the voice on my screen is probably one of the most obnoxious things I have heard! I’m excited to explore even more with this blog, though!

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