Lori Wyer’s WS320 Blog

March 21, 2006

Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb

Filed under: Culture Site, Uncategorized — wyerl @ 1:08 pm

It is with great excitement that I am compiling my culture site about Jerrie Cobb, the first American female tested for the Space Program.  Back in the early 60s, the United States was concerned about getting a man in space, a feat that the Soviets had already accomplished.  Once that goal was met, certain individuals began to ponder what the effects of space would have on a woman.  Would they be able to tolerate the extremes?  Testing on Jerrie Cobb began in 1961.  Her results were so remarkable that the testing was continued.  In the end thirteen women passed the rigors of extensive testing to became candidates for the Women-in-Space Program.  Some were speculating that a woman was actually better suited for space than a man.  Shortly thereafter, however, the plug was pulled.  Under no circumstances would an American woman go up in space.

It would be another twenty years before a female American would go up in space.   Almost twenty years after the Soviets sent a woman up.  Who would have thought that the Soviets would be so much further advanced?  Why wouldn’t the United States take advantage of the resources they had available?  And what did having the Space Program taken away do to the woman that was slated to be the first American woman in space?  Jerrie Cobb’s life was drastically altered when this opportunity was ripped from her.


March 6, 2006

Culture Resources

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 12:40 pm

Resources for Culture site (Female Astronauts):



January 29, 2006

The problem with “Letitia Greer”

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 3:53 pm

Part of my problem is that her name is actually Letitia Geer (no r)!  But I’m having difficulties finding information about her online.  I suppose this is where consulting with the librarian would be helpful.

I am also finding that my initial subjects are American.  I’m hoping that Letitia Geer isn’t.  So until I find out otherwise, Letitia Geer and her invention of the medical syringe will be my subject.

Who is Letitia Greer???

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 1:42 pm

On the list of inventors from factmonster (noted in previous post), it indicated that Letitia Greer got a patent for the medical syringe in 1899.  When I “googled” her name I got nothing.  When I “googled” the question, “Inventor of medical syringe?” I got some very different information!  According to the article at http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blsyringe.htm,  two men are credited with the creation of the syringe in 1853: Dr. Alexander Wood (a Scottish physician) and Charles Gabriel Pravaz (a French surgeon).  Not very encouraging information!  I’ll keep looking.

January 23, 2006

Possible Culture Site Topic

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 11:12 am

I did a bit of poking around and found a link in the resources wiki to “Female Ingenuity” from FactMonster.com  http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768070.html.  Listed there is a partial list of some really cool things invented by women.  Some of the women I’m considering are Letitia Geer (medical syringe, 1899), Josephine Cochran (dishwasher, 1872) and Florence Parpart (refrigerator, 1914).  I have to look into each of them further to find out if they are from another country.  If not, I’m back to the drawing board!

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