This month we're celebrating Makers and Inventors who have been overlooked or overshadowed in their fields. From the Shapiro Library collection, you will find resources that highlight these people and their contributions. We encourage you to explore the resources available to you to learn more about any topic.
Films on Demand featured film:
Watch the entire film here: Outlier: The Story of Katherine Johnson
In mathematical terms, an outlier is a data point that differs greatly from other observations. It is an apt description for a person too, that is outside the norms. This film is a one-hour documentary about the trajectory of an African American girl-wonder, whose mathematical genius would catapult astronauts into space. The documentary includes an interview with Johnson herself, as well as interviews with NASA’s chief historian, a curator at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum, and an interview with Margot Shetterly, the author of the book, Hidden Figures. Johnson’s life was one of three profiled in the Hollywood film of the same name.
Featured article: Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents
A report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report shows that women still comprise a small minority of patent inventors. Further, it highlights the untapped potential of women to spur U.S. innovation. Women, like other under-represented groups, are among the “lost Einsteins”—people who may contribute valuable inventions had they been exposed to innovation and had greater access to the patent system
And how could we not mention our own Innovation Lab & Makerspace here in the Shapiro Library? Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the people, the technology, and the ideas you might discover in the space. Full list of videos created by students and faculty in the Makerspace.