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Albany, NY – Branda Miller uses electronic media to work for social change. By putting camera's and computers into the hands of other people, and by teaching them how to use those tools, Miller turns the consumer of media into the producer. In this story, Miller speaks about the power of the electronic media, and how she has seen it change lives. Branda Miller's bio page:

Albany, NY – Barbara Brabitz teaches Chemistry and Biology during the school year. But rather than taking the summer off, this life long science enthusiast chooses to run a science summer camp for young women. Visit Brabitz's camp this year where she discusses her decision to work in academics and her life as a scientist.

Albany, NY – Danielle Walker is on the cutting edge of lighting. Walkers lab at General Electric is using tiny semiconductors to develop new, energy saving ways to light up our lives that will make today's bulbs a thing of the past. Listen as Walker speaks about how her lab is helping to change the world of lighting.

Albany, NY – Dr. Elaine Tuomanen helps to save the lives of critically ill children with her research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tuomanen speaks about how she uses science and technology in her battle against infectious disease.

Albany, NY – Writer Gina Kolata turned her love of language and science into a career with one of the most prominent newspapers in the world. Kolata writes about cutting edge discoveries in science and technology so the public can understand the excitement, the change and the decisions that come from these discoveries.

Albany, NY – Heidi Newberg is a professor, and a researcher at RPI in Troy, New York. Newberg is also a participant in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. She talks about the sky survey and what researchers are hoping to learn from it. For more information, please visit:

Albany, NY – Donna Lee Shirley headed the team that built the Mars rover for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab(JPL). Truly a renaissance woman, Shirley is a writer, a singer, an artist and a mother who believes engineers should have a curious nature and be students of the world. She currently serves as Dean of Engineering for Advanced Program Development at the University of Oklahoma. Shirley speaks about her education, her life, and her work leading the team of men who designed the rover project.

Albany, NY – Have you ever searched for information on the world wide web? Do you wonder where it comes from, or why it comes up in a certain order? Monika Henzinger knows. In this story she relates how a search engine works and shares the pressures and rewards of working with such advanced technologies. For more information please visit Monika Henzinger's page at:

Albany, NY – Jeanette Berringer is the zoo keeper at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. According to Berringer, there is much more to being a zoo keeper than feeding animals and cleaning cages. Berringer speaks about the technology involved in caring for animals, and how her work has brought her to the wilds of Madagascar where she studied lemurs.

Albany, NY – Emily Lescak and Ivy Hughes are Juniors at the Academy of Holy Names in Albany New York, where they are part of a three year science research course. Emily plans to study forensics while Ivy hopes to become a heart surgeon. Each week on THE TECH CLUB they will introduce us to fascinating women who use science and technology in their work.

Albany, NY – Leanne Daffner is an Art Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This story takes you to Daffner's lab at the museum to demonstrate how she and her staff use science and technology to preserve famous works of art.

Albany, NY – Lisa Daybeck is a wildlife conservator at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence Rhode Island who is always going off on expeditions to other countries to study animals. In this story, Daybeck shares some of her travel stories and explains the importance of science in her work.

Albany, NY – In the film, 'Contact', actress Jodie Foster played a woman in search of life on other planets. Foster's character was modeled on Jill Tarter, the head of SETI, The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. Listen to the real Jill Tarter share her experiences as head of SETI.

Albany, NY – Janice Huff is a meteorologist at NBC channel 4 in New York City and on cable's MSNBC. The first person in her family to attend college, Huff knew she wanted to study the weather from the age of 9. In this story, Huff shares her excitement about the weather, and her advice for aspiring scientists.

Albany, NY – How many women astronomers can you name? Not too many? Well a new planetarium show focusing on women in the field may be coming to a planetarium near you.

Albany, NY – Marine biologist and graduate student Tanya Shirer and her Buffalo State University professor Mary Alice Coffreth are Aquanauts. The two lived 60 feet below sea level for several weeks in Aquarius, which according to Coffreth, is the world's only underwater research laboratory.

Albany, NY – Dr. Anne K. Vidaver works to keep plants, and our food supply safe and healthy. She is a Professor and the former head of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Vidaver also served as Director of the Center for Biotechnology from 1997 to 2000. In this story, she speaks about the work of a plant pathologist.

Albany, NY – Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson rose from the segregated schools of Washington D.C. in the 1950's to become the first African American woman to earn a degree in physics from MIT. Years later, she was nominated by President Clinton to serve as the chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory commission. Today, Dr. Jackson is the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, where she spoke about her fascinating career.

Albany, NY – How long does it take for a broken bone to heal? Biomedical engineer Kay C. Dee is working to speed up the healing process. Dee spoke about her work as a scientist and professor at Tulane University. Ms. Dee's webpage:

Albany, NY – Shira Billet and Dora Sosnowik have been friends since grade school. Recently these two students from Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlit Bay Park New York took home a $100,000 scholarship from the Siemans foundation. The pair discovered a way to accurately measure the viscosity, or flow properties of very thin films, a technique that will help doctors, patients ...and spies.

Albany, NY – What do you get when you cross a passion for textiles with a commitment to the environment? How about a kinder, gentler cotton and a career in science. That's what Sally Fox got when she put her background in plant breeding and entomology (the study of insects) together with her lifelong hobby. Fox breeds naturally colored cotton that eliminates the need for toxic dyes that contaminate the environment. She talks about how she managed to turn her life's passion into a career.

Albany, NY – New technologies are constantly being developed in an effort to make our lives a little easier; mechanical engineers like Katie Vandergriff, who specializes in robotics, are leading the way. Vandergriff talks about what it's like to run her own company and to work as a mechanical engineer.

Albany, NY – Karen Williams is a biology professor at Union College in Schenectady New York, where she teaches, advises students, runs science and technology programs for young women. Williams is working on research to help new mothers suffering from post partum depression. In this story she speaks about her scientific work.

Albany, NY – Cheryl Bergman turned her love of fast planes and her skill in engineering into a career designing fighter jets for the military. Bergman talks about her exciting work at Lockheed Martin.

Albany, NY – How long does it take for a broken bone to heal? Biomedical engineer Kay C. Dee is working to speed up the healing process. Dee spoke about her work as a scientist and professor at Tulane University. Ms. Dee's webpage:

Albany, NY – Mary Manhein is a forensic anthropologist who is known to the world as, 'The Bone Lady'. She runs the FACES Lab at Louisiana State University where she uses forensic Science to help solve crimes and identify the dead. In addition to being a scientist who loves her work, Manhein is a wonderful writer and mom. For more information, please go to the FACES website