Math

Small helicopter flying over barren surface of Mars (NASA JPL)video

Meet the Burmese American who led NASA’s flight on Mars [video]

NASA is using a small helicopter to explore Mars. Learn more about the Burmese American woman who helped make Ingenuity's historic flight possible.
Lisa Gelobter sitting and posing for a portrait (© An Rong Xu/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Black women who changed our world

African American women have invented modern conveniences and deepened our understanding of our world. Learn about the contributions of several Black women.
Woman wearing safety glasses while looking at equipment (Courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Why science fairs matter in America

American science fairs help high school students put the STEM lessons they've learned to the test. Read what a veteran judge says about them.
Woman standing in front of building (© Lowell Observatory Archives)

The math genius behind Pluto’s discovery

American women have long guided U.S. space exploration. Learn more about the female mathematician who helped discover Pluto
Person standing against a low wall bordering a river (© Olena Hromova/Alamy)

Study abroad prepares students for success

The 2019 Open Doors report shows the benefits of international student exchanges, enhancing students' ability to succeed.
Woman standing with arms crossed in front of blackboard (© Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study)

U.S. mathematician is first woman to win ‘math’s Nobel’

Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, a U.S. professor whose work has led to some of the most dramatic advances in mathematics in 40 years.
Man wearing three medals of math symbols (Doug Thompson/State Dept.)

Team USA solves for victory at international math competition

For the third time in four years, Team USA ranked first in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the standard for excellence in youth mathematics.
Katherine Johnson smiling (NASA)

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician whose calculations for NASA were part of a blockbuster movie, just celebrated her 100th birthday.
Two men smiling, standing back to back (© Shane Harvey)

A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.