Alice Ball, Dr. Herman Branson, and Katherine Johnson!
Alice Ball, Dr. Herman Branson, and Katherine Johnson!

Happy Valentine's Day!

As we celebrate this holiday filled with love, we wanted to share a few Valentine's sayings that YOU can share with the science lovers in your life!

Roses are red, Neptune is blue, C12H22O11 is sweet and so are you!
You're out of this world!
You are the center of my universe!
I think you're magnetic!
I zinc you're great!

Celebrate Black History Month! 

Go back in time with us as we take a look at the historic men and women who pioneered the way in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for future generations! 

Alice Augusta Ball

"Alice Augusta Ball was an African American chemist who developed an injectable oil extract that was the most effective treatment for leprosy until the 1940s. She was the first woman and first African American to receive a master's degree from the University of Hawaii, she was also the first female chemistry professor at the university." Read more about Alice Ball here!

Dr. Herman Branson

"Born on 14 August 1914 in Pocahontas, Virginia, Herman Branson was a biophysicist and university president who co-discovered the alpha-helix protein structure. He received a BS in physics from Virginia State College in 1936 and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1939. In 1941 he began what would become a 26-year stretch as a physics professor at Howard University in Washington, DC. For a year during his Howard tenure, in 1948, Branson went to the California Institute of Technology to work with Linus Pauling on the physical and chemical properties of proteins." Read more about Herman Branson here!

Katherine Johnson 

"In 1962, as NASA prepared for the orbital mission of John Glenn, Johnson was called upon to do the work that she would become most known for. As a part of the preflight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl”—Johnson—to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, but by hand, on her desktop mechanical calculating machine.  “If she says they’re good,’” Katherine Johnson remembers the astronaut saying, “then I’m ready to go.” Read more about Katherine Johnson here! In more recent news, "Northrop Grumman has announced that it will name its new NG-15 Cygnus spacecraft after the legendary NASA mathematician. The ship, which will bear the name the SS Katherine Johnson, will be used for an upcoming cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station." Read more about the SS Katherine Johnson here

Part of History in the Making 

We believe these amazing STEM role models are a part of history in the making as they work to help change the STEM ecosystem to one of diversity and color! Perhaps someone they inspire will be a future history-maker!
Celebrate history in the making with our X-STEM videos below!  

Charles Orgbon III

At the age of 12, Charles Orgbon III founded the youth-run environmental organization called Greening Forward. Today, his organization has blossomed into a dynamic global network of young environmental changemakers who are impacting a wide range of issues -- from water conservation to waste recycling in their communities. His efforts have been recognized by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to name a few. Read more about Charles Orgbon III here!

Stephanie Hill 

Stephanie Hill is a prominent engineer and executive at Lockheed Martin where she serves as the Executive Vice President of Rotary and Missions Systems. Read more about Stephanie Hill here!


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