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Mathematics

Nina Fefferman

Evolutionary biologist and epidemiologist Nina Fefferman uses mathematical models to chart how individual choices ripple outward to affect whole groups, helping create strategies to save populations from endangered tortoises to human communities stricken by disease.

Pamela Sussman Paternoster

Pamela Sussman Paternoster’s work with the Algebra Project helped teach thousands of disadvantaged students math skills that could open up the possibility of a college education.

Pamela Sussman Paternoster, 2005

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Pamela Sussman Paternoster helped to develop and implement the Algebra Project, which taught disadvantaged students algebraic thinking.

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Pamela Sussman Paternoster helped to develop and implement the Algebra Project, which taught disadvantaged students algebraic thinking.

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Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali

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MIT Professors and computer scientists Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali, winners of the 2013 ACM Alan M. Turing Award.
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MIT Professors and computer scientists Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali, winners of the 2013 ACM Alan M. Turing Award.

Photo by Jason Dorfman, CSAIL/MIT, permission from MIT News Office

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Ruth Barcan Marcus, 1921 - 2012

Ruth Barcan Marcus was born in New York City on August 2, 1921, and grew up in the Bronx. She was the third daughter of first-generation immigrants of Eastern-European origin. Her mother was a homemaker; her father, a printer and contributing writer at the Jewish Daily Forward, and an active member of the Socialist Party. Her father died when she was eight years old, and her mother supported the family by taking in boarders.

Ruth Barcan Marcus

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Ruth Baracan Marcus, renowned pioneer in the field of logic and metaphysics.
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Ruth Baracan Marcus, renowned pioneer in the field of logic and metaphysics.

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Gertrude Elion Medal, 2011

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This limited edition art medal, sculpted by Daniel Altshuler, depicts Jewish-American Hall of Fame inductee Gertrude Elion receiving the Nobel Prize in Medicine from Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden.
Courtesy of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame.
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This limited edition art medal, sculpted by Daniel Altshuler, depicts Jewish-American Hall of Fame inductee Gertrude Elion receiving the Nobel Prize in Medicine from Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden.
Courtesy of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame.

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"Top Secret Rosies": How female computers helped win WWII

Back before Microsoft, IBM, and Apple, the word "computer" referred to a person who computes.

Mollie Orshansky, 1915 - 2006

Mollie Orshansky was my good friend and esteemed colleague at the Social Security Administration where we both worked. Over the course of her long life – she lived until the age of 91 – Mollie was very smart, independent, and a hardworking government employee. She was called Miss Poverty because she developed the poverty index widely used by the Federal government as a basis for benefit programs involving low income individuals and families.

Emmy Noether

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Mathematician Emmy Noether spearheaded the development of modern abstract algebra.
Institution: Emmy Noether Institute of Mathematics at Bar-Ilan University
Mathematician Emmy Noether spearheaded the development of modern abstract algebra.
Institution: Emmy Noether Institute of Mathematics at Bar-Ilan University

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