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Meet Sarah Adewumi, A Science Communicator At NASA Who Went From Pageant Queen To An Advocate For Black Girls In STEM

Former pageant queen Sarah Adewumi reminds young girls that they can be multifaceted while pursuing STEM careers.

Mar 28, 2023

Meet Dr. Maya Warren, the Ice Cream Scientist Creating Flavors at Cold Stone Creamery

To some, traveling the world making ice cream flavors may sound like a dream. For scientist, Dr. Maya Warren, it’s a reality. At an early age, Dr. Warren recognized her love for science when she experimented with trying to make her own version of Nickelodeon’s Gak with food coloring and glue, according to Mental Floss. Later in life, she realized she particularly had a love for chemistry with plans to one day become a chemistry teacher. Life always tends to take our plans and run with them and that’s exactly what happened for Dr. Warren when she stumbled across Food Network’s “Unwrapped,” a television show that described how food is manufactured. It was one particular episode that captured Dr. Warren’s attention where they showed how to create flavored soda that tasted like a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Flavors included cranberry sauce soda, turkey and gravy soda, and green bean casserole soda. Earning her Ph.D. in food science at UW Madison, Dr. Warren went on to focus solely on...

Nov 30, 2020

Meet Dr. Fadji Zaouna Maina, the First Nigerian Scientist to Join NASA 

Dr. Fadji Zaouna Maina — the first Nigerian scientist to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — has always had dreams of solving water problems in her hometown since the age of 10. Now, she will take on the entire world’s water crisis with data from NASA, reports Face2Face Africa. Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou has deemed the 29-year-old Zinder, Niger native as “a national pride, and a role model for the youth of Niger.” “I pushed the boundaries, I made it possible and I made a whole country proud,” said Dr. Maina. “The chances for a girl like me, born and raised in Zinder (Niger), to become a scientist at a well-known institution like NASA are almost zero.” Growing up in Zinder, she acknowledges that Niger’s water crisis is deteriorating due to climate change. Dr. Maina knows having tap water in her home gave her an edge over other children, especially girls who were tasked with searching for water from the lake or from neighbors. “People think...

Nov 27, 2020