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November 10, 2014

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5:01 AM | “Will You be My Bonus Wife?” The Practice of Marrying Sisters in Malawi
Recently I was in Malawi to train a team of field workers to conduct a large-scale survey on HIV prevention behavior. Before such an international trip, I often get a lot of questions regarding the landscape or local culture of my destination from people who are not familiar with my work or the part of the world I happen to be visiting. Most recently, an acquaintance asked me several questions about multiple sexual partnerships and polygamy in Malawi. “Are people really okay with having […]
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2:27 AM | The What I See project sat down with the amazing Professor Val...
The What I See project sat down with the amazing Professor Val Gibson to ask……. What do you see when you look in the mirror? "I see a scientist, who has the same passion for discovery…My two daughters and all their friends… they inspire me because they have open minds. You can tell them anything and they will take it towards the future.”
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2:16 AM | Women in STEM: Progress, Asymptote, and Equality
In a speech to the United Nations, actress Emma Watson candidly expressed her perspective in regard to feminism, women rights, and gender equality. The speech, which called for action from men, women and the spectrum of genders, presented a realistic and somewhat grim picture of the current status of women’s rights around the world. Today, in United States we face very limited progress towards the inclusion of women in […]

November 09, 2014

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7:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! The Youth (Non)Vote, Inventer of Endocrinology, Learning about Students, and Reckless Cancer Assumptions
Categories: Meta StuffTags: academic publishingacademic sexismadviceartcancerendocrinologyEscepticaFabiola Gianottifoodgrounded parentsMad Art Labmiderm electionsmillennialsParentingpick-up artistsRosalyn Yalowschool of doubtScienceteachingTeen SkepchickvotingSunday Funny: Typographic Chemistry (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost Elizabet may not have ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | The "Awesomeness Factor" on Freakonomics Radio
SofR contributor Melssia Schneider was recently on the Freakanomics Radio podcast talking about predictors of breakup, or what she calls the "awesomeness factor" (see her SofR post on this research here). You can listen to the podcast here (jump to 28:58 to listen to what Melissa has to say).

November 08, 2014

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2:00 PM | Global Quickies: India’s Controversial Rape Judgment, Gay People in Iran Forced to Change Their Gender, and New Zealand MP Demoted for Promoting Homeopathy
Categories: QuickiesWORLDWIDE Check out this week’s pictures from In Focus. AUSTRALIA Gang-rape victim Katrina Keshishian launches campaign to recover compensation lost in budget cuts – “A gang-rape victim has been denied more ...(Read more...)
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4:51 AM | Women in STEM of WWII - The real “Rosie Riveters” In...
Women in STEM of WWII - The real “Rosie Riveters” In most countries women were not permitted to fight on the front lines of the war. Instead, they supported the war effort by learning, training and taking up jobs usually held by men. These women did a lot more than rivet, they designed, built and tested thousands of aircraft in factories across Canada and the US.  Prior to the war, women would have been mostly banned from taking up such jobs. Sources: Library of

November 07, 2014

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6:16 PM | New Article in EOS – Women Count by Dr. Dana Hurley
Dr. Dana Hurley – planetary scientist at the Applied Physics Lab – has recently published the following article and call to action in EOS.  Check out the article to see some good suggestions and stats. A gender imbalance exists in science and is harmful to our community as a whole.  Awareness is one of the […]
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1:30 PM | Quickies: Pickup artist causes outrage in Australia, gender-based harassment on Twitter, and shifting religious beliefs in Brazil
Categories: QuickiesPickup artist Julien Blanc leaves Australia amid outrage – That’s right. Australia cancelled the visa of an American pickup artist for being a violent misogynist. From Jack99. Nonprofit begins “unprecedented” ...(Read more...)
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8:23 AM | When the Magic Falters
This autumn in Cambridge the weather has been rather kind. The trees around the College have been spectacular, reminding me of fall in New England, and until recently cycling has been possible without any sort of jacket as opposed to … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: How It Compares to “Offline” Dating
Read Part 1 of this series here: The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real Read Part 2 of this series here: The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Motivates Users and Companies Online daters aren’t really that different from offline daters. I often hear my students claim that people who use online dating are “weirdos” or “that’s for people who can’t get dates in real life.” But the idea that people who prefer online […]

November 06, 2014

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5:21 PM | Adam Savage on #Gamergate and Harassment of Women Online
Categories: FeminismLast week I got the amazing opportunity to check out Adam Savage’s secret cave of radness, which is filled to the brim with movie props, costumes, and space helmets. I ...(Read more...)
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1:50 PM | Quickies: Street harassment, making TedX accessible, and child abuse in the Hasidic community
Categories: Quickies“You’re a good looking girl. I want to attack you.” – “Listen babyfellas: I’m not picking on you. I’m trying to help you. And I’m trying to help me. As ...(Read more...)

November 05, 2014

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4:45 PM | Resources for Parents at the 2014 DPS Meeting in Tuscon
Hi All, Just a heads up that a mother’s room will be available for those who might need it – ask at the registration desk for details.  Majd Mayyasi also did some research on the “Kids Club” babysitting service at the meeting venue.  Here is the info: It’s a local day care service for children ages 4-12 […]
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2:00 PM | Quickies: New CERN Director, Jian Ghomeshi and the Open Secret, and Abortion Study
Categories: QuickiesI Knew About Jian Ghomeshi – “So did a lot of people in our Toronto scene. We never said anything. Are we complicit in his alleged abuse?” This narrative sounds ...(Read more...)
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2:50 AM | “Can You Tell That I’m in a Relationship"? Relationship Visibility on Facebook
Think about the last time you were on Facebook. You probably noticed “that couple” – the person who always posts pictures of himself with his girlfriend, or the one who claims that she has “the best boyfriend ever” in her status updates. And then there are the people who you know are in relationships, but there’s no trace of it on Facebook. No “in a relationship” status, no pictures together, maybe no mention of the relationship at all. My […]
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2:18 AM | Meet Dr Jane Cooke Wright, the pioneering Harlem surgeon who revolutionised cancer treatment
This article is a collaboration between Women Rock Science and HER, An empowerment organization dedicated to community awareness about women’s health, education, and rights Meet Dr. Jane Cooke Wright , the pioneering Harlem surgeon who revolutionised medical research and cancer treatment. She developed the first ever chemotherapy drugs to treat solid tumours and spearheaded the use of tissue cultures for medical testing as opposed to live human bodies or mice. Jane’s […]

November 04, 2014

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4:23 PM | Quickies: Women voters, doctors pushing back against anti-vax, and how Gamergate has tarnished the geek community
Categories: QuickiesIt’s election day in the US! Get out there and vote! – A PSA featuring Joan Jett on the importance of women voters. From Buzz Parsec. Doctors learn to push ...(Read more...)
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3:43 PM | Meet Dr Jane Cooke Wright, the pioneering Harlem surgeon who revolutionised cancer treatment
This article is a collaboration between Women Rock Science and HER, An empowerment organization dedicated to community awareness about women’s health, education, and rights Meet Dr. Jane Cooke Wright , the pioneering Harlem surgeon who revolutionised medical research and cancer treatment. She developed the first ever chemotherapy drugs to treat solid tumours and spearheaded the use of tissue cultures for medical testing as opposed to live human bodies or mice. Jane’s […]

November 03, 2014

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7:22 PM | Legendary NASA astronaut and flight engineer Sunita Williams....
Legendary NASA astronaut and flight engineer Sunita Williams. She holds the records for the most spacewalks completed by a woman, the longest number of spacewalk hours by a woman and the second longest spacewalk in the history of space travel at 8 hours 17 minutes. As an engineer she had to repair, improve and add installations to the space station. On one of her spacewalks she, along with her collegue Aki Hoshide, famously repaired a failing power unit using a toothbrush. You can watch the […]
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6:03 PM | securelyinsecure: Meet Jedidah Isler She is the first black...
securelyinsecure: Meet Jedidah Isler She is the first black woman to earn a PhD in astronomy from Yale University. As much as she loves astrophysics, Isler is very aware of the barriers that still remain for young women of color going into science. “It’s unfortunately an as-yet-unresolved part of the experience,” she says. She works to lower those barriers, and also to improve the atmosphere for women of color once they become scientists, noting that “they often face […]
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4:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies, Monday Edition! Bogus Ebola Meds, Cause Marketing, and Jesus as Disability Cure
Categories: Meta StuffTags: "F-bombs for Feminism"cause marketingDBTdeathdisabilityEbolaEscepticagrounded parentsNimonaParentingReligionReviewsschool of doubtSkeptabilityTeen SkepchickI’m terribly sorry. I had super-secret Skepchick business this weekend, so the Skepchick Sundaylies are a day late. Don’t worry, though! I would never abandon you completely. Check out the ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Art Fraud, Irrational Fears, and Darth Vader
Categories: QuickiesThe big-eyed children: the extraordinary story of an epic art fraud – “In the 1960s, Walter Keane was feted for his sentimental portraits that sold by the million. But in ...(Read more...)
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1:55 PM | When being Borinqueña Acquired a New Meaning
Happy Birthday Borinqueña! I knew my idea was not unique, mainly because it was originated by a collective need.  Just like many others, I felt the need of having a voice and to form a space for a community that will represent the women in science of Puerto Rico. A special community dedicated to put in the spotlight Puerto Rican women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This […]
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5:01 AM | Two Is Stronger Than One: Shared Experiences are More Intense
image source: heartofthematteronline.comAre life’s experiences better when shared with another person? Participants at Yale University tasted chocolate in a room either (a) along with another person tasting their own chocolate, or (b) with another person who looked at a book of paintings. Participants who ate chocolate with a fellow taster thought the chocolate tasted better than those who tasted chocolate alone. To determine others’ influence on unpleasant experiences, a follow-up […]

November 02, 2014

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9:03 PM | smartgirlsattheparty: ourtimeorg: Spot on. SO spot on! 
smartgirlsattheparty: ourtimeorg: Spot on. SO spot on! 
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8:54 PM | Meet Mary Tape - She fought for a child's right to an education in the US
[Mary pictured in all black in the middle] Have you heard of Mary Tape? She fought to desegregate schools for Americans of Chinese descent and bring a good education to all children. She took the San Francisco School District to court and won, this was in 1885, seventy years before Brown Vs Board of Education. Its hard to imagine now but non-white children were literally barred from entering most schools and universities. Even when the law changed many deans and principles broke the law […]
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6:44 PM | Case Study: "I’m a lesbian marrying a man"
Recently, salon.com ran this article (click here) that tells the story of a lesbian who fell in love with a man. Although this isn't a scientific study, it's consistent with the article that Dr. Dylan Selterman wrote a couple weeks ago, Debunking Myths About Sexual Fluidity.
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12:16 PM | Feasibility study (2014)
I’m working on a proper, clever, interesting post, but that’s a way off, so here’s a dumb poem to tide you over. If I really pulled the stops out with Loretta, Could I get ‘er? Might one huge concerted effort win the day? Tell me if a Grand Romantic Gesture Would impress ‘er And I’ll […]
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2:46 AM | Meet Marie Tharp the controversial geologist who produced the first ever map of the Ocean floor
Meet Marie Tharp the controversial geologist who produced the first ever map of the Ocean floor. Her work completely turned geology upside down and proved that the ocean floor was not just a boring flat plane of mud but actually filled with extreme mountains, volcanos, canyons and moving masses. Her most controversial discovery is that of the Mid-Ocean Ridges, chains of moving mountains that cover the entire earth. At that time anyone who believed in plate tectonics or continental drift was […]
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