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Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the estate of Marie Tharp

Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth’s last frontier

Born on July 30, 1920, geologist and cartographer Tharp changed scientific thinking about what lay at the bottom of the ocean – not a featureless flat, but rugged and varied terrain.
Cheryl Praeger was awarded the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. She has spent more than four decades inspiring a love for maths in others, and has created a vast body of academic work in the process. SUPPLIED

Prime Minister’s science prizes awarded for algebra expertise, anti-cancer research and excellence in science teaching

The prizes are among the country's most prestigious accolades for science-related achievements. This year marks their 20th anniversary.
After 117 years, a third woman won a physics Nobel. Alexander Mahmoud, © Nobel Media AB 2018

Why don’t more women win science Nobels?

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.
Most of us make daily decisions about who we choose to work and collaborate with. So what if we used that to improve professional diversity? rawpixel / unsplash

My CV is gender biased. Here’s what I plan to do about it

A confession: I can count on a single hand the number of women I have invited to collaborate with me on publications and grants.
Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards. Shutterstock

Minding the gender gap in science prizes

Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards.
Women are still typically the minority on academic hiring committees in science, and “majority rules.” (Shutterstock)

How we can turn the tide for women in science

The award of a Nobel Prize in physics to Donna Strickland is an opportunity to build support for women in science, says one female physics professor.

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