Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal #WHM20 #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInSTEM
Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal is a Chinese-American virologist and molecular biologist – In 1985 she was the first researcher to clone HIV which aided in the development of blood tests for the disease via UMKC
Wong-Staal began working at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland in 1973, researching retroviruses and the cause of AIDS. Finally, in 1983 Wong-Staal’s team made a breakthrough: the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus. Wong-Staal’s team discovered HIV at the same time as a French team, and she is now credited as co-discoverer.
In 1985, Wong-Staal became the first person to clone HIV and genetically map the virus, a critical step in developing blood tests for the virus. She was the first to show that HIV depleted T-cells; a key piece of evidence that the virus causes AIDS.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.