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|Maia has written hundreds of articles, essays, scripts, and other works for various media. The following selections represent a sampling of her writing.|
| Chien-Shiung Wu: Courageous Hero of Physics in
A Passion For Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention (2013)
Maia celebrates the life of pioneering 20th century nuclear physicist Chien-Shiung Wu.
An illustrated version of the chapter is also available at Scientific American.
|NEWS|| Gone in 2017: 10 Trailblazing Women in STEM
Retrospective honoring a selection of under-appreciated scientific pioneers who
passed away in 2017. Also: Gone in 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
| Scene at MIT: Margaret Hamilton's Apollo code
A brief history of the famous 1969 photo of the software that sent humans to the
moon, and of the programmer who led its development.
| Lego Adds More Women in Science to Its Lineup
Maia reports on progress in the depiction of women and girls in scientific and
technical fields in LEGO sets and on LEGO Ideas.
| Going to the Red Planet
In preparation for future human missions to Mars, NASA selects an oxygen-creating
instrument, MOXIE, to fly on the Mars 2020 rover.
| LEGO to Produce Female Scientist Minifigures Set
Maia provides historic and sociological context behind the announcement of a LEGO
female scientist minifigure set. She follows with a post detailing the final design.
| Breaking Brick Stereotypes: LEGO Unveils a Female Scientist
Maia's September, 2013 article on LEGO's new scientist minifigure quickly became
international news, as it is picked up by media outlets around the globe.
| Mathnet Conversations: Beverly Leech, Joe Howard, and Toni DiBuono
Exclusive interviews with the stars of Mathnet, PBS's popular math-infused crime
drama for kids that originally aired from 1987 to 1992.
| The Physics of . . . Skiing
Skiis have come a long way since the rigid wooden planks of 4,500 years ago. Maia
takes a look at how engineers are changing the way we shred powder.
| Planetary Paparazzo Carolyn Porco
Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shares her thoughts on the Cassini mission at
Saturn, NASA's future endeavors, and her own life as a cosmic explorer.
| Found: The Man Who Made Earth Move
Scientists believe they've discovered the body of Nicolas Copernicus—and they've got
the facial reconstruction to prove it. A news brief from Discover.
| Galileo Uncovers Io's Weird, Wandering Plume
Planetary scientists discover a huge volcanic plume on Jupiter's moon Io that
has shifted more than 50 miles in less than two decades.
| Mystery of Solar Loops Solved
Astrophysicists working with the TRACE satellite reveal new images and data that
pinpoint a source of the sun's enigmatic coronal loops.
| Mummies Unwrapped
Cover article for Scholastic's Science World classroom magazine explores how new
research on mummified bodies may help us understand past lives, diets, and diseases.
| As the editorial director at BrainPOP.com, Maia oversaw the creation of hundreds of
short, educational movies and related non-fiction texts and activities. These are a
selection of topics for which she was the lead writer. (Login required for most.)
|ESSAYS|| Holiday Gift Guide: Women in STEM Dolls and Action Figures
Maia reviews and recommends the latest action figures and dolls featuring girls and women in engineering and the sciences.
| It's Time for More Racial Diversity in STEM Toys
Maia takes a close look at the current landscape of minority characters in STEM toys and makes the case for increased diversity.
| Closing the Wikipedia Gender Gap in Mathematics
For a newsletter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, tips on how to improve biographical Wikipedia articles on women in the STEM fields.
| 15 Works of Art Depicting Women in Science [Photo Essay]
Maia presents 15 unique portraits of female scientists and discusses their import as part of the STEAM movement.
| Happy Birthday, Joan Feynman
When Maia learned that Richard Feynman had a sister who is also a highly accomplished physicist, she took an immediate action.
| An Ada Lovelace Day Edit-a-thon at Harvard University
A look back on Maia's first experience as a Wikipedia edit-a-thon organizer, including
event highlights and suggestions for future organizers.
| My Dear LEGO, You Are Part of the Problem
Maia responds to the LEGO Friends controversy with 5 steps the company can take to
become more girl-friendly. Includes an original infographic on the LEGO gender gap.
| Sally K. Ride (1951 - 2012)
A personal remembrance of the late physicist, astronaut, educator, and all-around
inspiring human being.
For Carl Zimmer's book, Science Ink, Maia contributes an essay on the reasons for
and meanings behind her astronomical tattoo.
| Remembering Challenger
Maia was still a child on January 28, 1986. But the tragic day on which the
Challenger's seven crew members perished is one she can never forget.
| Pink Stinks
Maia comments on today's pink-blue dichotomy and the increasing "pinkification" of
so many products in American society.
| Score One For the Girls
To honor judge Sylvia Pressler, whose ruling allowed girls to play Little League baseball,
Maia reflects on the history of girls and women as participants in our national pastime.
|FILM & THEATER REVIEWS|| Rosalind Franklin Gets Her Closeup
A reflection on the life and legacy of biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, the central
character in the powerful new play, Photograph 51.
| Trouble in the Jungle
What's the worst oil spill in human history? Maia makes a case for the so-called
"Amazon Chernobyl," an 18-billion-gallon leak at the heart of the documentary, Crude.
Maia reviews a thought-provoking Broadway drama that touches on neuroscience
and the possible connections between brain damage and criminal behavior.