What You Missed: This Week in STEM


President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Kimberly A. Scott to lead the National Academic STEM Collaborative this month. The Collaborative works with 19 universities and not-for-profit partners to help girls and women of color develop the knowledge and skills for futures in STEM, fields where fewer than 1% of engineers and scientists are minorities. Dr. Scott boasts an impressive résumé that includes being named the 2014 White House Champion of Change for STEM Access, and we're eager to see how she and the National Academic STEM Collaborative can make a difference for women of color in STEM!

If you paid attention to the news at all last year, you definitely heard about the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 10,000 people in West Africa. Meet Olivia Hallisey, a Connecticut teen who just won Google's 2015 Science Fair and earned herself $50,000 in scholarships for inventing an Ebola detection test. Frustrated that existing Ebola detection tests took a lot of time, money and had to be refrigerated, Hallisey knew there had to be a way to to make a better test. By studying detection tests for other diseases, such as Lyme disease, Hallisey was able to create an Ebola detection test that doesn't need to be constantly refrigerated, that only costs $25 per test and that can produce results in only 30 minutes. Congratulations to Olivia for her award-winning, life-saving work!

When you think of NFL cheerleaders, we're guessing that mom and engineer don't pop into mind. We didn't think that at first, either, but then we heard about Marcie Miller and that changed. From 2007 to 2010, Miller was a professional cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals as well as an engineer for Intel. Unhappy with how many children die each year from being left in hot cars (18 so far this year), Miller and Intel created the Intel Smart Clip, a device that senses if a baby's left in the car while the parent walks away. The chip will be out before Christmas and retail for less than $50. Miller hopes to instill the same passion for STEM in her children that she had growing up and we have no doubt they'll be wowed by the cool things their mom has done.

Finding people you connect with can be tough when you're living in the dorms at college, but Tune House, a new off-campus housing option at the University of Washington is changing that. Created by brothers and Tune co-founders, Lucas and Lee Brown, Tune House is a residence designed for eight women studying computer science at the University of Washington. Not only is living there free, but Tune House also comes with professional tech mentors to help the students. We think it's an A+ idea!