Medical Library Project Award 95: Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace is relatively unknown in the United States. However, this early 19th century woman and gifted mathematician is generally credited with being an early computer visionary and the first computer programmer. Her partnership with renowned mathematician Charles Babbage and expansion on his work on the ?Analytical Machine? resulted in what is regarded as the first computer program. Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated annually in October (http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/ada-lovelace-the-first-tech-visionary.) In 2017, October 10 has been selected as the celebratory date. In this project we propose to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) with an afternoon symposium focused on women in STEM careers. The afternoon symposium will consist of a keynote speaker and a panel representing women in STEM. Handouts will be developed. An activity will be developed for the students. The SEARML NLM exhibit and materials will be on display. In addition to members of the UMB and University System of Maryland communities, we will reach out to the President's CURE Scholars, a group of middle schoolers focused on careers in biomedicine; Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy; the UMB Community Engagement Center; and other projects at UMB focused on encouraging women to enter STEM careers.