Glenn, in the NASA mailroom, received letters from fans of all ages.
John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University
John Glenn would have turned 100 on July 18, 2021. Today’s space program is a giant leap more inclusive than when he made his pioneering orbit of the Earth in 1962.
Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of the Black Panther was an inspiration to people of color in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
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The late Hollywood star celebrated being young, Black and gifted, both on screen and off.
Mostly male, white faces up on stage at the Nobel Prize award ceremony.
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With 3% of science Nobels going to women and zero going to Black people, these awards are an extreme example of how certain demographics are underrepresented in STEM fields.
Helping boys through their voice change can keep the joy of singing alive.
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Many boys stop singing at adolescence – but with the right support, they can continue to sing through their voice change and emerge as lifetime singers.
Behavioral science has ideas about how to keep on track beyond January.
Forget being super self-critical and whipping yourself into shape. There are ways to set yourself up for success that are far kinder and work better.
After 117 years, a third woman won a physics Nobel.
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Progress has been made toward gender parity in science fields. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius.
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The film wowed critics and fans. But its hidden power may be black lead characters who are accomplished scientists – just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
The cast of ‘Black Panther.’
Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people.
Stars of TV Westerns embodied a Cowboy Code.
With mass shootings and sexual harassment reports on the rise, a psychologist reflects on how the evolving nature of male role models in the media may be contributing.
Hidden Figures, the movie, showcased the importance of Black women in mathematics.
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Mathematics departments in Canada have a poor record on equity, diversity and inclusivity says a gay mathematics professor. Here he speaks about the hopeful changes he sees coming.
The new Superstar in STEM ambassador Lisa Harvey-Smith at the Australian Astronomical Observatory’s 3.9m Anglo-Australia Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory.
More young women and girls could be encouraged to look to a career in science thanks to the new Superstars in STEM project.
Sporting coaches are often viewed as positive role models and mentors for their players.
Olympic athletes play an important role within the sport-for-development agenda. But because they both inspire and lead, coaches may be better placed to assume that mantle.
Cathy Freeman was criticised for flying the Aboriginal flag at the 1994 Commonwealth Games but the same act at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was hailed as a moment of reconciliation.
Athletes are increasingly expected to be good role models. But we don’t usually expect them to sacrifice their chance of winning to help others.
The author of ‘Where Are the Women Architects?’ explores the significance of losing Hadid in a field where female role models are few and far between.
Role models and mentors can help one learn throughout one’s career.
Africa is a developing continent but there’s ample opportunity for careers in science that can contribute to science advancement as well as uplifting the socio-economic status of the continent.