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International Women's Day 2013

Cecilia Aragon

To commemorate International Women's Day, we present a sampling of recent articles featuring accomplished women doing a wide variety of scientific work.

Surviving as a Postdoc, by Charmaine Tam, 6 March. Australian postdoc Charmaine Tam shares tips on how to make it through this early phase of a research career.

Plodding Progress for Women, Minorities in Science, by Michael Price, 5 March. A recent National Science Foundation report finds that efforts to improve the representation of women, minorities, and people with disabilities in science and engineering are slow going.

The Complexity of Gender Differences in Choosing STEM, by Beryl Lieff Benderly, 1 March. There's no simple answer to the question of why women choose science-related fields less often than men.

No Starry-Eyed Astronomer, by Vijaysree Venkatraman, 19 October 2012. This year, astronomer Jane Luu won two of the top prizes in astronomy. So why is she working as an engineer?

Spotlight on Diversity, by Michael Price, 31 August 2012. Filmmaker and physicist Aziza Baccouche, who is blind, showcases the challenges and successes of diverse scientists in a new documentary series.

A Capital Job for a Midwestern Transplant, by Jon Cohen, 13 July 2012. Tiffany West helped turn Washington, D.C.'s HIV/AIDS effort into a widely admired program.

Just Herself, by Vijaysree Venkatraman, 1 June 2012. In her life and her search for gravitational waves, the MacArthur-winning Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Nergis Mavalvala is comfortable in her own skin.

Career Q&A: Lea Merminga, by Maria Fessenden, 1 June 2012. As head of the accelerator division at TRIUMF, Lia Merminga is a rare woman in the upper echelons of physics.

Flying High, by Susan Gaidos, 2 October 2009. Despite a remarkable talent, Cecilia Aragon lacked the confidence she needed to be a scientist. And then she learned to fly.

Ahead of Her Time, by Elisabeth Pain, 21 March 2008. At just 24, Katerina Aifantis has already received a starting grant from the European Research Council to establish an independent lab in Greece. 

Still Learning, by Elisabeth Pain, 11 May 2007. Julia Kempe, who, at 33, has four post-graduate degrees in three different fields, refused to settle down after earning tenure at CNRS.