This is kind of like an out of office email.
I’m in the field, the Hebrides Isles collecting bees to be exact. While I had wild ambitions I would be able to keep up with my posting… I may have been delusional.
So I’ll be back posting full time in August. Until then, yay bees!
I don’t need to be Ironman, or the Hulk. Although it would be cool to be Beast, or Professor X, I’d settle for being a scientist comic book hero!
Like Dr Sheiner, a research fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology at Glasgow University. She can be found in a new comic published by the Centre entitled Toxoplasmosis. It’s the latest in a series of comics the centre has been producing in recent years as a way to help explain what it does and why it is important.
Read more about it !
And I’m putting it out there… I’d be happy to be a comic book hero.
Over at Small Pond Science, there is a thought provoking post about how to truly ‘diversify STEM fields.
If you want to truly diversify, then we need to stop trying to fill in the holes based on perceived deficiencies. Instead, we need to focus on training complete scientists. We need to fundamentally change our mindset about what a successful student looks like in a way that doesn’t reflect systemic inequities — and then enact a training and recruitment agenda based on that mindset. We can continue investing our time and resources trying to get URM students to look more competitive against white students from private universities.”
Interested? Read more here.
The March for Science has gained scorn, ridicule, and enthusiasm since the inauguration. Confused? Concerned? Want to help anyway?
Check out Science for the People, a new organization who’s primary goal is :
- Growing an international organization of STEM workers, educators, and activists who work to serve the people — especially in poor, oppressed, and marginalized communities
They give an excellent overview of the controversy and go into lots of interesting detail about the march, and what their goals are specifically.
During the Women’s March on Washington, a group formed called 500 women scientists. Their mission statement is to promote minorities and women in science and to make the inequality inherent in this system known. Read about them here.
Along those same lines, for international women’s day, a few female scientists (Krista Bywater, Kristy L. Duran, Rukmani Vijayaraghavan, Claire Horner-Devine, Kelly Ramirez, Jane Zelikova) posted this excellent post on Scientific American about how as women and minorities we are never just scientists.
Please read the post, and consider marching (as a woman, as a minority, or as a white male ally) in the March for Science on April 22.
While this is not a politics blog, the incoming administration poses a unique threat to scientific in the United States.
Hundreds of thousands of women will be marching on Washington tomorrow to raise awareness on a host of issues.
And at Scientific American, here’s a guest post explaining why Joan E. Strassmann will be marching.
I love Tenure She Wrote.
And SquirrelyRed‘s latest post about deadlines and how they impact female scientists is riveting.
Read about it here.