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Passion_PetersYasher koach to CBS member Joan Reinhardt Reiss!

Joan is currently writing a biography of Vera Peters (1911-1993), a remarkable Canadian physician. Peters was the first doctor to demonstrate that cases of Hodgkin’s disease could be cured with high-dose radiation, and she also proved that the outcomes of treating breast cancer with lumpectomy and radiation were just as favorable as those of the then-prevailing procedure, radical mastectomy.

A short version of this biography has just been published as part of an Amazon e-book, A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention (edited by Suw Charman-Anderson). Each of the book's twenty chapters is contributed by a different author and is dedicated to a woman whose efforts led to breakthroughs in science and technology.

The e-book proceeds will fund Ada Lovelace Day in October 2016. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a British writer and mathematician who is credited with creating the first machine algorithm and is considered by many to be the first computer programmer. Each October, a conference is held in London where women who excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) come together and help produce educational materials that are distributed to high schools, encouraging girls to consider STEM careers.

Buy A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention here. The Kindle app is required to read the e-book (a free download of the application can be found here).