Barrier-breaking astronaut Mae Jemison—the first Black woman to journey into outer space—famously said, “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” Throughout much of recorded history, women were limited in their intellectual pursuits by those who could not imagine the contributions they would eventually make in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Although women have now made an indelible mark on those fields, they still encounter roadblocks on the path to full participation. Rutgers University in Camden is pleased to announce a 2023 Women’s History Month storytelling campaign, “Full STEAM Ahead,” which will profile some of the women at the university who excel as researchers and scholars in disciplines where they remain underrepresented.
Each story in this monthlong campaign will tell the story of a Rutgers–Camden woman who has defied limits in the face of gender inequality, producing work that stands alongside the best in her field. On Wednesdays in March, a new story featuring an outstanding woman in our community will be published in Rutgers Today and on the Rutgers–Camden website. Faculty profiled will include:
- Julianne Griepenburg, a physics researcher who was awarded an NSF grant to further her research on how to harness the power of light energy and improve drug therapies (her story debuts today)
- Georgia Arbuckle-Keil, a professor of chemistry who works to understand the effects of microplastics on our environment and food supply (read on March 8)
- Angélica González, a biologist who studies the potential long-term impacts of Earth’s declining biodiversity (read on March 22)
- Suneeta Ramaswami, a computer scientist who is working to solve the problem of underrepresentation in engineering and computing (read on March 29)