-going to Sweden
-going to China
-Seeing the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Red Wings, and Miami Dolphins play a game in their home stadiums.
-going to Greece, Italy, and Turkey in one trip
-Fishing in Alaska, while on a cruise
-Hunting for big game on a Safari
-Getting a job as a sports broadcaster with ANY professional team.
Well that was one of the most interesting projects that I have done. It was a long journey but it is finally done. Learning about how just one woman changed the face of chemistry for a lifetime was quite amazing. Kevlar was invented by Stephanie Kwolek and it has been beneficial to the entire department of defense with the United States military, the police of America, and in some of our fibers in bridges. It was a great learning experience and I look forward to the next project to do.
I am learning quite a bit about Stephanie Kwolek, the woman who invented Kevlar. One fascination that I have with her is that she wanted to be a doctor and majored in chemistry in order to pay the bills for medical school. She also holds season tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team and has also an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2003 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to science. As an American Soldier who has served in Iraq, if it weren’t for her major contribution there would possibly be a lot more loss of lives in combat. Her invention alone has saved hundreds of thousands of lives. She is a true American hero.
I sent the following question to the library website in hopes that someone would get back to me soon. “I am doing a Woman’s Studies project on Stephanie Kwolek, the woman who
invented kevlar. I know that she worked with DuPont in the 1940′s and thats
where she discovered it. I know a very minor bit about it. I was wondering if
there were any books I can reference for my project? If so, what is the name
and who is the author? Are there any other advancements to the technology she
created? I used the stuff when I served overseas in Iraq and it still seems
like the same pattern, for the most part.” All I got in return was a generated e-mail that said “Librarians will review your question and respond within two working days.
Please respond to this email if you have any information you would like to
add that will help us answer your question.”
I am still waiting for them to answer my questions and hope they can do so by tomorrow.
While looking for a topic I wanted to cover something that some men tend to wear on a daily basis. One thing I found was that Kevlar was invented by a woman. Kevlar is what is put into bullet-proof vests, IBA’s and IOTVs that the United States Military uses. The inventor of this item is named Stephanie Kwolek. She is from Pittsburgh, PA and resides in New Kensington, PA. She was born in 1923 and is still alive today. If I could find a way to interview her I would. Her culture isn’t much different from us because when she was working for DuPont in 1946 she was saving money to go to college. Most students today save money to go to school from when they have jobs in high school, or when they’re working past high school. Thats exactly what Kwolek was doing and she also grew up in the great depression and post world war era. However, due to how shabby our economy is and the lack of jobs and the current situation in Afghanistan it isn’t hard to compare our cultures.
I watched the video on women’s sports casters and I felt that it is a male dominated area of work. That is what I want to do with my life but it gave me a thought. When I start calling games or have my own radio show I want my co-host or broadcaster to be a female. Women, if they know the sport, deserve a fair shot at calling or announcing things. Personally why hold them back? I know for a fact that the San Francisco Giants have a woman broadcaster so why not have other teams get with the program in Professional Sports? I think it’s stupid to let them just be on the sidelines doing minor reporting. If they’re good enough to call a game play by play let them. Though most of them on the sidelines do a great job.
Well I’ve never blogged before but I guess this is a good way to start. Set up was quick and easy so thats a good thing. Maybe if I get the hang of this I can start one related to sports.
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