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March 31, 2015

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11:12 PM | Working in the space between disciplines
nationalsciencefoundation: In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting #WomenInSTEM, including NSF Graduate Research Fellows in fields where women are underrepresented. In her own words, #GRFP Fellow Krista Gabrielle Freeman describes her interdisciplinary work in physical virology.I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. I am an interdisciplinary scientist working at the crossroads of physics, biology, and chemistry by performing […]
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10:18 PM | New Video! Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill & the Horror of Sin Cakes
Categories: ReligionSupport more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: Indiana has passed a “religious freedom” bill that will allow businesses to discriminate against customers if they say it’s their deeply ...(Read more...)
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8:38 PM | Lady Scientist Spotlight: dainty-cat, Electrical Engineering
scientific-women: Cool, I never knew this was a thing. So, to begin I came out this year as a transwoman in the midst of my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota in the electrical engineering program. I love my digital systems design labs. I had the biggest smile when my lab partner and I debugged our “hand built” 2 bit adder. Now in the same lab I’m working on building a binary multiplier using the shift and add algorithm. And let me tell you it is difficult but so […]
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6:24 PM | Lady Scientist Spotlight: brainiaknoemi
The field you study and a descriptionBehavioral neuroscience, which is about of looking for a link between mind, physiology and the behavior. Especially with mammals.Your (general) location Warsaw for now. Your training/degree(s)Setbacks and/or successes Masters in psychology. Own grant for freshman/woman from National Science Centre, one publication and a whole bunch of experiments! Career plans learn and meet people all a round! Advice for someone wanting to go into that field Be […]
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6:23 PM | We welcome trans lady scientists to tell us about their work!
We welcome trans lady scientists to tell us about their work!
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2:04 PM | Enerys Pagán - A Borinqueña leader promoting scientific research among our youth
Enerys Pagán Olaguibel serves as inspiration to other young people looking to have a social impact through science (Photo by: Ana Maria Abruña, El Nuevo Día)Faced with a difficult problem, many people throw their hands up and say "it is what it is", but instead of problems, a leader sees opportunities. Enerys Pagán, a young Puerto Rican woman who is currently a junior at the Brígida […]
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1:36 PM | I Took a Clairvoyant to the Excavation Site of a Mass Burial Pit for Plague Victims
I Took a Clairvoyant to the Excavation Site of a Mass Burial Pit for Plague Victims: She said she was “speaking” to the spirit of a boy who’d died during the Great Plague and been buried under Liverpool Street, along with 3,000 others.
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12:30 PM | Quickies: Anglo-Saxon medicine, Trevor Noah, and space burial
Categories: QuickiesAnglo-Saxon remedy of cow bile, garlic, and onion kills MRSA – “Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the ...(Read more...)
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8:48 AM | Fingerprint Source Book (National Institute of Justice)
Fingerprint Source Book (National Institute of Justice): dead-men-talking: Free PDF download!
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7:41 AM | Is there a Point in Travel?
As my last post makes clear, I have been busy travelling recently. My trip encompassed visits to both New York and Boston, cities which in years past I have visited quite frequently. Boston is delightfully non-American: its streets are not … Continue reading →
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4:30 AM | Cards Against Humanity's New Pack Will Pay For Women To Study Science
Cards Against Humanity's New Pack Will Pay For Women To Study Science:   Cards Against Humanity, the self-described “party game for horrible people,” announced Monday it has released a new “science pack” that will fund a scholarship for women studying in scientific fields.
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3:12 AM | “I’d Do Anything (I Can) For You”: Sacrifice Requires More than Just Motivation
Why do we make sacrifices for our loved ones? Research tells us that our commitment is what motivates our willingness to sacrifice. Sacrifice, after all, is really about navigating a conflict of interest. We encounter these conflicts of interest when our own personal needs and goals are incompatible with those of our partner or our relationship overall (e.g., continuing to watch our favorite Netflix show vs. helping a partner prepare for a job interview). In order to sacrifice, we have to […]

March 30, 2015

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11:12 PM | girl-museum:Today’s STEM Girl is Alexandra Bryant Morton....
girl-museum:Today’s STEM Girl is Alexandra Bryant Morton.  Alexandra helped create the first photo catalog of dolphins.  She also fights to protect wild salmon populations from the impact of farm fishing.  She maintains a blog at http://alexandramorton.typepad.com Our next exhibit, STEM Girls, has launched.  Visit our exhibitions page to view it now!
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6:24 PM | thebrainscoop: Some teaser photos from our shoot with Katie...
thebrainscoop: Some teaser photos from our shoot with Katie Innamorato of afterlifeanatomy yesterday - How To Taxidermy a Squirrel! Fleshing out the squirrels. They were each a bloody, roadkill mess! Katie has a hunting license, so she’s permitted to pick them up during the appropriate season. Before you ever pick up any animal or attempt to salvage lil’ dead bits, make sure you are legally able to do so!Left-right: Anna’s squirrel, a study skin of the same species from […]
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2:00 PM | #BoycottNFL?: One Feminist NFL Fan’s Moral Dilemma
Categories: FeminismContent Note: Domestic Violence Football has always been a part of my blood. My dad lived and breathed Texas A&M football, and while I rebelled to become a University of ...(Read more...)
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1:36 PM | aristocleia:sizvideos: Girls Do ScienceVideo Stuff like this...
aristocleia:sizvideos: Girls Do ScienceVideo Stuff like this really means a lot to me. I know I came from a different “backwards” place but I literally had teachers in years 11 and 12 tell me to drop out of physics and computer science because women couldn’t handle it. I was the only girl in either class.
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Major Scientific Paper Retraction, a Magazine for Sex Workers’ Rights, and Retro Computer Commercials
Categories: QuickiesMajor publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal – “Last year, in one of the most publicized scandals, the Journal of Vibration and Control, in the field ...(Read more...)
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8:48 AM | Hi! I'm trying to compile a list of biological science student stipend amounts and their degree for a meeting with the grad students in the department. We want to get a feel of where we stand vs other schools. Me, for example: Entomology PhD, NC State $19k/yr. I know you have a pretty hefty following. Would you please publish this so I can get get some responses? Thank you so much!
Of course!   Good luck.  I am getting my MS, so no stipend for me (I teach to get paid).  I look forward to that day…

March 29, 2015

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11:12 PM | Back-story/Field of Study: I actually received my BS and MS in...
Back-story/Field of Study: I actually received my BS and MS in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in Reproductive Physiology but moved into the molecular biology field and, specifically, nucleic acid sequencing a bit by accident! Right after I received my MS, the only job I could find at the time was for a small company that processed various nucleic acids (e.g., genomic DNA, RNA, small RNA, etc.) into next generation sequencing libraries. I worked my way from being a general QC technician to […]
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9:24 PM | Do you have any college choice advice? I got into 2 really great schools, but the one I like better is less prestigious- though I love both. I'm worried that I won't have as many options for grad school if I choose it, though. (Carleton vs. UChicago)
Go to your preference, hands down.  Prestige means much less than the experience and references, and whether you like being there.  Grad schools will care a lot more about what kind of work you did and whether your professors liked you than the name of your school.  I went to a state school, and not only did I get into grad school, I got a Fulbright too.Congrats on getting into UChicago!  I didn’t make it in for undergrad.  Certainly a good school, but […]
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7:26 PM | Welcome, new Lady Scientists!
Why don’t you introduce yourselves by submitting to our Spotlight?  Send us a post with any or all of the following:The field you study and a descriptionA photo (this can be anything…yourself, your work, a hobby, something that inspires you or sums up your passions)Your (general) locationYour training/degree(s)Setbacks and/or successesCareer plansAdvice for someone wanting to go into that field
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6:24 PM | Student of the Week: Nadia
Student of the Week: Nadia: codeorg: Nadia4th gradeYardley, PA Nadia’s entire school participated in the Hour of Code in 2014. Last year, they challenged students to complete a full “Code Month.” She was the very first student to complete Code.org’s Intro to Computer Science course, out of students kindergarten through 8th…
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4:56 PM | australopithecusrex replied to your post “Re: your post on feminized fields being taken less...
australopithecusrex replied to your post “Re: your post on feminized fields being taken less seriously / being…”And IQ is a pretty garbage measure of intelligence anyway, iirc.adventure-hat replied to your post “Re: your post on feminized fields being taken less seriously / being…”Lol, as if the very concept of IQ wasn’t heavily rooted in eugenics  Oh, totally.  I meant for my statement on standardized tests to include IQ, sorry if that […]
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4:38 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Dolce and Gabbana vs Elton John, DNA Painting, Teaching, Quack of the Month, Meghan Trainer, ChiFi Photos AND Bonus Surly Amy Talk Show Video
Categories: Meta StuffTags: artchi-fiDNAEscepticagrounded parentsMad Art LabMArs OneMeghan Trainerschool of doubtTeen SkepchickXfilesMindy can’t come to the Sundaylies today because she is in the middle of a bare knuckle boxing fight with a chap who dared to say that the X-Files shouldn’t ...(Read more...)
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3:34 PM | exchangealumni: President Obama welcomed young scientists and...
exchangealumni: President Obama welcomed young scientists and engineers from across the country to showcase their inventions, robots, and discoveries at the 2015 White House Science Fair!Hosted by President Obama, the Fair features innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America. With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year’s Fair also included a specific focus on girls and women who are […]
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3:26 PM | Re: your post on feminized fields being taken less seriously / being paid less. Maybe it's not simply having more females in fields like bio, education, nursing & anthro that make these fields seem less important than other fields. Articles (google "average-iq-of-students-by-college-major-and-gender-ratio") suggest how certain fields do require more intelligence, which explains why those fields are esteemed more & paid better (supply and demand).
I find it pretty suspicious that fields that supposedly require more intelligence and therefore yield higher pay are also those fields that are less represented by women.I think what you mean is that some fields require more education and perseverance.  Young girls have been discouraged or outright barred from science and math classes, which damages their self esteem and thus their ability to persevere.  (Google “leaky pipeline”.)  Furthermore, standardized […]
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1:36 PM | xmorbidcuriosityx: Death in a nutshellOur Forensics exhibition...
xmorbidcuriosityx: Death in a nutshellOur Forensics exhibition features an example of Frances Glessner Lee’s “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death”, small models still used to train police investigators today. Taryn Cain tells us more about these macabre “dolls’ houses of death” and the woman who made them. Via Wellcome Collection
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8:48 AM | dead-men-talking:burdenedwithgloriousbooty:oneshortdamnfuse:princess-siddnttety: hazeldash: birdhea...
dead-men-talking:burdenedwithgloriousbooty:oneshortdamnfuse:princess-siddnttety: hazeldash: birdhead: pyrositshere: internetgoose: I’m gonna depress the hell out of all of you. ready? ok go so, that “stop devaluing feminized work post” nice idea and all but the thing is, as soon as a decent number of women enter any field, it becomes “feminized,” and it becomes devalued. as women enter a field in greater number, people become less willing to pay for it, […]

March 28, 2015

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11:12 PM | randdmag:Rice Univ. bioengineers are teaming with colleagues...
randdmag:Rice Univ. bioengineers are teaming with colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center to apply the latest techniques in tissue engineering toward the study of one of the most common and deadly human illnesses: the stomach flu. The bacteria and viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis often come from contaminated food or water and result in cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.  Read More - […]
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6:24 PM | Developing world: The minority minority
Developing world: The minority minority: Women are under-represented in physical sciences and in science in the developing world. Meet three who beat both sets of odds.
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