How a girl from Tijuana became a champion of cross-border scientific ties

Olivia Graeve remembers exactly when she decided she wanted to be an engineer. During the 1980s, an economic crisis drove thousands of people to flee Mexico’s depressed southern region and seek jobs in the north. Slums sprang up in the hills around Tijuana, the border city where Graeve (GRAH-vay) lived. With a group from her […]

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Why Sally Ride Science?

In 2001, I joined with pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, along with Karen Flammer and two other friends, to co-found a science education company. We called it Sally Ride Science. Our mission? To encourage young people—especially girls—to stick with science as they go through school.Why is this so important?Science and technology play a larger role in […]

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Elizabeth Blackburn (left) and Elissa Epel

Researchers team up to share key insights on telomeres and health

There’s no shortage of advice out there about what makes a healthy lifestyle. Get regular exercise. Reduce stress. Eat whole foods. It all sounds good, but the advice is easy to ignore when you are tired or anxious or craving a donut. But what if you could envision exactly what your healthy habits—or unhealthy ones—are […]

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Hollis Woodard, a UC Riverside entomologist, studies bumblebees in extreme environments.

How a girl who came late to science became an expert on bumblebees

Hollis Woodard sees bumblebees as the pandas of the insect world.“They are a very charismatic bee,” she said. “They are big and chunky and fuzzy. They move kind of slow, so you can watch them bumbling around. People are pretty attracted to them.”But what fascinates Woodard about bumblebees goes beyond their endearing fuzziness. As an […]

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How a daughter of immigrants became a leader in ocean and climate science

Young Ana Christina Ravelo seemed like a natural to become a scientist.Growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena, she excelled in math and science classes. She loved nature and outdoor activities. And beyond that, she had a striving, adventurous spirit inspired by her parents.“Both of my parents are immigrants,” Ravelo noted. “That’s a […]

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How a girl from Down Under became an innovator in analyzing math models

Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego PublicationsRuth Williams really likes to solve problems. In fact, one of her favorite sayings is, “I eat problems for breakfast.”Part of the appeal of math problems, she explained, is that there are two sides to solving them. Growing up in Australia, she was especially drawn to the clarity and […]

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