Math Enables this Veterinarian to Live Her Childhood Dream

By Joanne Helperin | July 31, 2020

Sara Ochoa Keeps Pets Happy and Healthy

Cool job perk: Ochoa takes her schnauzer-poodle mix, Ruby, to work every day. She’s “the boss of the vet clinic.”

Dr. Sara Ochoa grew up in rural Calhoun, Louisiana. Like many children, she dreamed of being an animal doctor. She got plenty of practice thanks to the variety of wildlife in her area — and her open-minded parents.

Ship Captain Travels the World — with Math in Tow

By Mathnasium | May 26, 2020

From navigation to fuel calculations, math is essential to sailing the sea

Ah, the romance of the sea. It beckons us from the time we’re young. Children play captain (or pirate), imagining swashbuckling adventures, colorful foreign ports and exotic new cultures. Young people typically abandon their dreams of the sea for more practical pursuits, but not Robert Quick.

NASA’s Charlie Blackwell-Thompson on STEM Careers and Shooting for the Stars

By Mathnasium | January 2, 2020

Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, the first woman to oversee a NASA liftoff and launch team.
Photo credit: NASA

We’re pretty excited about Charlie Blackwell-Thompson. A spaceflight engineer and veteran of the Space Shuttle era, she’s the first female launch director at Kennedy Space Center and the first woman to oversee a NASA liftoff and launch team — specifically, for the Artemis program. Artemis’ mission is to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 and to establish sustainable, ongoing exploration by 2028. Once that’s accomplished, NASA will take the next giant leap by sending astronauts to Mars. Artemis, named for Apollo’s twin sister, includes the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket — the most powerful ever built — and the Orion spacecraft.