Laura Ettinger is Associate Professor of History at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Originally from Baltimore, she received her A.B. from Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Rochester. Her research and writings focus on the history of women, gender, and the medical, scientific, and technological professions in the United States, reflecting her political and professional concerns about the state of American health care, women’s health, and women in technology and science today. She believes that history matters -- that learning about the past helps us to understand current challenges and to make more informed decisions about the future.