The Caltech 6: America’s First and Only All-Female Class of ChEs

The lives of six women reflect how far we have come, and how much further we have to go. On an unseasonably warm late-October day in Pittsburgh, PA, Rosemarie Wesson took the stage at AIChE’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Under the muted glow of a dozen spotlights, she told the story of six women who entered the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2001. Four years later, they would become the first and only all-female chemical engineering class to graduate from any American coed college.

How Bats Could Help Scientists Stop Ebola Outbreaks Before They Start

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to at least 58 people, and has killed nearly half of those individuals, according to an update today (May 23) from the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the nation's ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976, when the deadly virus was first discovered in a village near the country's Ebola River. But what if scientists were able to predict Ebola outbreaks and stop them before they even started?

The Rise of an Epidemic: Opioids, Their Impact on Virginians, and Efforts to Combat the Growing Crisis

Kim grew up on the west end of Richmond, a young girl with big blue eyes living in the nice part of town — bad things didn’t happen to girls like her, not in the suburbs. By 14, though, she had started experimenting with weed and alcohol. As a freshman at Hermitage High School, Kim moved onto bigger and better drugs. Forget her school colors of red and blue, she’d found white — in prescription opiate pills and powdery bleached cocaine.

Environmental Education in Central VA Shows Signs Of Hope But Has Long Way To Go

In this era of worldwide climate change, environmental education has become more important than ever. Over the past 50 years, scientists have observed increasing occurrences of summer heat waves, winter freezes, tornadoes and tropical cyclones that have devastated our earth. Experts have recorded warmer and more acidic ocean waters, a pattern of global warming and grave disturbances in the habitats and ecosystems of our planet.

Iridian Gallery’s J. Alan Cumbey Retrospective Brings New Life to Late Richmond Artist

I can almost see J. Alan Cumbey, sprawled next to his sister in his Willi Smith suit and his skinny tie, chain-smoking as his sister tells me about his life. He looks bemused, from the even line of his flat-top down to the tips of his pointy shoes. Cumbey was a prolific gay writer and artist in 1980s Richmond — better known for his wry writing style than for his jarring artwork.

Climate Change in the Florida Keys

The scene was harshly symbolic, and in my eyes, indicative of the state of our modern planet. These vultures – who seemed much closer to nature than humanity could ever be – noticed the decrepit state of a habitat that is perhaps not as pretty as say coral reefs, but is just as important. It was depressing, to say the least, to see these birds that prey on lifeless beings circling a place that once belonged to a greener, livelier earth.

Illiteracy in the U.S.

A look at illiteracy levels in America and what one woman can do to help On Sept. 8, the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, a holiday created to underscore the importance of eradicating illiteracy. For the general American public, the word “illiteracy” evokes images of impoverished people and communities in the conventionally destitute nations of South Asia, West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Hidden among us, however, is an unseen population of Americans strugg
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