Joanna Russ and the Westinghouse Science Talent Search

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Russ, science, and SF — tried to outsource this work to students, but no one took the bait. 

So yesterday, I had my engineering partner look into this (which turned out to be very easy — google search) and this is what he found. 

Joanna  Ruts Russ was 15 years old, a student at William H. Taft High School in New York when she was a finalist for the Westinghouse. Her project was entitled “Growth of Certain Fungi under Colored Light and in Darkness.” 

You can see her joining a fellow award winner on the third slide of the show with the caption

 “Dr. Alexander Wetmore of the Smithsonian Institute and Milliam Mann of the U.S. National Zoological Park get a lesson in eating buffalo steak from STS 1953 Finalists Joanna Russ and Edward Menhinick.”

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Carol Stabile is a founding member of Fembot , an online collaboration of scholars conducting research on gender, new media, and technology. She teaches at the University of Oregon. View all posts by cstabile

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