Women Wednesday #57

We love how women are changing the world and making an impact to their home countries that we're talking all things awesome and new every Wednesday!
(Haitham Almussawi / United Arab Emirates US Embassy)
This summer, Alia Almansoori watched an experiment she designed launch from the Kennedy Space Center. But Almansoori isn't a NASA scientist or an astronaut; She's a 15-year-old student from Dubai. Almansoori is the winner of the "Genes in Space" competition, run by Boeing and miniPCR, which challenges student from grades 7 through 12 to design experiments that will help uncover how space impacts DNA. The experiment was among cargo and supplies for the ISS sent aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9. Her experiment will study heat-shock proteins, a group of protective proteins that our body produces in response to stressors such as heat, cold, and UV light. The young scientist wanted to find out if the intense radiation in space stimulates the production of heat-shock proteins, so she designed an experiment that will determine whether space conditions activate the genes that produce these proteins. It will advance findings from earlier DNA in space studies, including the first student-designed "Genes in Space" experiment, which investigated epigenetic modification of DNA in microgravity. "Actually, I want to be one of the first astronauts to go to Mars," Almansoori said. "It's a big dream, but there is no 'impossible.'" Go get em Alia!
(Timothy D. Easley / The (Louisville) Courier-Journal)
Stasia Kowalski, 92, uses a cane to walk. But she doesn't need one in the pool. The Louisville resident competed in her first ever meet in July at Lakeside Swim Club, setting best times for her age bracket in the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke and competing in a medley relay. "Just because you're in your 90s doesn't mean life is over," Kowalski said. "There's always something exciting to do, if you want to." Kowalski didn't learn to swim until she was almost 40 because she was afraid of the water, she said. Now, she swims two or three times a week in the summertime, usually completing 15 laps, or 30 lengths, of the pool.  That made her events a piece of cake, she said. "This is easy! You get a little rest in between," she said, laughing. Still, all morning before she left for the pool, she was a "wreck," fighting knots in her stomach from nerves. Once she got in the pool, the nerves went away. During the 41st Annual Lakeside Masters Long Course Invitational Saturday, Kowalski's 4:08.80 time for the 100-meter backstroke bested the 90-94 age bracket's record. She also set an age bracket best time with her 1:45.57 in the 50-meter backstroke. As for next year? Kowalski hopes to compete if she's able, she said. Good luck!
(A-WA - Habib Galbi / Youtube)
The streets and bars of Israel’s hippest city have been filled by what may be a bit of an unexpected tune: three women belting out the Yemeni dialect of Arabic with a heavy darbuka beat behind them. The surprise hit Habib Galbi - performed by a band of three Israeli sisters of Yemeni background named A-WA - managed to rise to the top of this country’s music charts, shattering records and all expectations. The song is actually based on a tune that the group’s grandmother. She was born in Ibb, Yemen, but moved to Israel in 1949 and taught the beautiful tune to her family. For sisters Tair, Liron and Tagel singing it was the most natural thing in the world. Its positive reception across borders in countries Israel has been at war with for almost 70 years has plenty of experts wondering if the song is a sign of a cultural thaw and hope amid the increasingly bleak political landscape across the region. Keep bringing your voices into the world ladies! You never know what bringing a small joy into the world can turn into.

Have a positive week,

Love Neon Moon x   

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