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When Computers Were Human - David Alan Grier
Call Number: QA303.2 .G75
Publication Date: 2007
"Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term 'computer' referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. "When Computers Were Human" represents the first in-depth account of this little-known, 200-year epoch in the history of science and technology."

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Hidden Human Computers: the Black Women of NASA - Sue Bradford Edwards
Call Number: QA27.5 .E39
Publication Date: 2016
"For students wanting to know more about the African American women working at NASA depicted in the movie 'Hidden Figures,' there's just such a volume in the Hidden Heroes series. Because some readers may associate computer with machines, the authors give a thorough explanation of how humans were first used as computers to solve difficult mathematical and physics problems before today's computers were invented."

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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Call Number: QB34.5 .S63
Publication Date: 2016
"The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s."

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Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science - Betty Kaplan Gubert
Call Number: TL539 .G83
Publication Date: 2001
"A look at the lives and careers of 80 men and 20 women who defied poverty and prejudice to excel in the fields of aviation and space exploration."

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African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention - Ray Spangenburg
Call Number: Q141 .S6285
Publication Date: 2011
"Presents alphabetized biographical profiles of important contemporary and historic African-Americans in the fields of math, science, and invention."

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Recoding Gender: Women's Changing Participation in Computing - Janet Abbate
Call Number: QA76.9.W65 A33
Publication Date: 2012
"Today, women earn a relatively low percentage of computer science degrees and hold proportionately few technical computing jobs. Meanwhile, the stereotype of the male "computer geek" seems to be everywhere in popular culture. Few people know that women were a significant presence in the early decades of computing in both the United States and Britain. Indeed, programming in postwar years was considered woman's work (perhaps in contrast to the more manly task of building the computers themselves). In Recoding Gender , Janet Abbate explores the untold history of women in computer science and programming from the Second World War to the late twentieth century."

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Multiplication Is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People's Children - Lisa Delpit
Publication Date: 2012
"Presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform."

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The Lived Experience of African American Women Mentors - Wyletta Gamble-Lomax
Call Number: LC2731 .G36
Publication Date: 2016
"In The Lived Experience of African American Women Mentors: Community Pedagogues, Wyletta Gamble-Lomax explores the lived experiences of six African American female mentors working with African American female youth. The works of philosophers Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Edward Casey are intertwined with the writings of Black feminist scholars such as Patricia Hill Collins and Audre Lorde, while Max van Manen guides the phenomenological process with pedagogical insights and reminders."


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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars - Nathalia Holt
Call Number: QA28 .H65
Publication Date: 2016
"During World War Il, when the brand-new minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women--known as "computers"--who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America's first ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in developing weapons--their hearts lay in the dream of space exploration."

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Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race - Stephanie Nolen
Publication Date: 2003
"In 1959, the doctor who supervised NASA's astronaut selection concluded that women might fare better in space than men. His testing of 25 top female pilots for reactions to isolation, centrifuge, and weightlessness proved him right, and 13 exceptional candidates were identified. Despite countless personal and professional sacrifices, these women joined NASA's clandestine new program - which, after two intensive years, was suddenly, and mysteriously, canceled."

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We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program - Richard Paul & Steven Moss
Call Number: TL521.312 .P39
Publication Date: 2015
"The Space Age began just as the struggle for civil rights forced Americans to confront the long and bitter legacy of slavery, discrimination, and violence against African Americans. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson utilized the space program as an agent for social change, using federal equal employment opportunity laws to open workplaces at NASA and NASA contractors to African Americans while creating thousands of research and technology jobs in the Deep South to ameliorate poverty. We Could Not Fail tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of how shooting for the stars helped to overcome segregation on earth.

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Resilience and Success: The Professional Journeys of African American Women Scientists - Kabba E. Colley
Call Number: Q149.U5 C637
Publication Date: 2013
"Resilience and Success charts the education and career trajectories of African American women scientists and sheds light as to why young African American females drop off the science map in high school."

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African American Women Chemists - Jeannette E. Brown
Call Number: QD21 .B69
Publication Date: 2011
"Beginning with Dr. Marie Maynard Daly, the first African American woman to receive a PhD in chemistry in the United States--in 1947, from Columbia University--this well researched and fascinating book celebrate the lives and history of African American women chemists. Written by Jeannette Brown, an African American chemist herself, the book profiles the lives of numerous women, ranging from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960's when the Civil Rights Acts sparked greater career opportunities."

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Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing - William Aspray
Call Number: QA76.9.W65 A87
Publication Date: 2016
"This text examines in detail the issue of the underrepresentation of women, African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics in the computing disciplines in the U.S. The work reviews the underlying causes, as well as the efforts of various nonprofit organizations to correct the situation, in order to both improve social equity and address the shortage of skilled workers in this area."

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African Americans in Science - Charles W. Carey
Publication Date: 2008
"This encyclopedia provides the most complete treatment to date of the accomplishments of African American scientists-and the struggles of African Americans to find their place in the scientific community."

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Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation - Rayvon Fouché
Publication Date: 2005
"In this study, Rayvon Fouche examines the life and work of three African Americans: Granville Woods (1856-1910), an independent inventor; Lewis Latimer (1848-1928), a corporate engineer with General Electric; and Shelby Davidson (1868-1930), who worked in the U.S. Treasury Department."


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