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HERSTORY: Five of the Biggest Stories About Women in STEM in 2016

Julie Kantor | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Julie Kantor

Written with A. Crosser Journalists have had a field day throughout the course of 2016. With the legendary election happening in the United States, B...

This Future Forensic Pathologist, Alayna Westcom, Enjoys Bringing Science to Life

Diane Propsner | Posted 10.07.2016 | Home
Diane Propsner

Alayna Westcom, Autopsy Technician at The University of Vermont Medical Center Alayna Westcom's career goal is to become a forensic pathologist. Fore...

Calling All Women Futurists

Rebecca Searles | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
Rebecca Searles

I know a lot of women who work in science and tech. But I don't know any women who consider themselves futurists.

Charlotte Brown, Aiding in Development of New Cancer Treatments

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
Diane Propsner

Just a few years ago, Charlotte was a student at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She was studying biology, chemistry, and mathematics, an...

Lessons From a Rwandan Sunrise

Morgan Pak | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home
Morgan Pak

The sun meets the sky and spreads like an open hand, reaching a vast sea of orange­ blue with fingers climbing higher as they begin to bloom and shout across the sky. This was the backdrop for 120 girls, who lived oceans apart, to come together and learn about STEM-- and ultimately themselves.

Science: The Story of Me

Morgan Pak | Posted 03.31.2016 | Home
Morgan Pak

Creativity and imagination are essential when it comes to successful application of the scientific method.

Lauren M. Schwartz, Ph.D., Helping Farmers Increase Crop Production

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.17.2016 | Home
Diane Propsner

Photo Caption: Dr. Schwartz inspecting a soybean study in the Altheimer Greenhouse at the University of Arkansas. Photo courtesy of Kevin Mills This ...

College Student Trolls Online Harassers In The Best Possible Way

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.10.2016 | Home

Emily Temple-Wood is an accomplished college student and aspiring biologist, an EMS volunteer, a research assistant and a Wikipedia contributor. She...

The "Non-Practicing" Scientist and How She's Here to Help YOU

The Scientista Foundation | Posted 02.27.2017 | Home
The Scientista Foundation

By Heather Burkhart I recently had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis, the Director of Career Development for Postdoctoral Fell...

Lucia Perez, Aspiring Astrophysicist

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.21.2017 | Home
Diane Propsner

Photo Caption: Lucia Perez and Dr. Medupe with the 16" telescope at North West University in Mafikeng, South Africa. In my last blog post, New Year, ...

My Love/Hate Relationship With Teaching

Jess Kapp | Posted 02.18.2017 | Home
Jess Kapp

Teaching. So many things have been said about teaching. "Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students." "A good teacher can inspire hop...

This Little-Known Quirk Makes Us Love Mae Jemison Even More

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.18.2016 | Home

"Hailing frequencies open!" That's not only the classic line from "Star Trek" -- recited by Lieutenant Uhura, a character played by African-American a...

Making Waves in the Teenage Mind: What the LIGO Discovery Means to Us

Jordan Hartzell | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Jordan Hartzell

Doesn't a discovery that confirmed Einstein's prediction of spacetime ripples deserve a little more than a comment that was "totes" just patronizing to me and ignorant of the meaning of my post?

Wikipedia, the Year of Science, and What That Means

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.15.2017 | Home
Craig Newmark

Folks, good news: 2016 is the Wikipedia Year of Science. While every year should be the year of science (says the old school nerd), this is a specific initiative to improve Wikipedia's potential for communicating science to the public.

Infinite Variety Productions' New Play, Insignificant Reveals the Untold Stories of Early Female Astronomers

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 12.17.2016 | Home
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

Infinite Variety Productions, a New York theater company "dedicated to telling the untold stories of women throughout history," presents a new, original production, Insignificant by Sean Michael Welch, the story of a few early American female astronomers at The Kraine Theater.

In Ethiopia, a Hunger for Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Stella Salvo

There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.

Building a Supportive Network for Women in STEM

Ming Yi | Posted 10.27.2016 | Home
Ming Yi

I have always been curious. As a young girl, I reveled in the intricacies of the simplest things, always wondering "why". After immigrating to the U.S. from China at the age of 12, I sought refuge in my math classes, because that's one language I understood.

The Secret Maoist Chinese Operation That Conquered Malaria -- and Won a Nobel

The Conversation US | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Project 523 -- a covert operation launched by the Chinese government and headed by a young Chinese medical researcher by the name of Tu Youyou -- discovered what has been the most powerful and effective anti-malarial drug therapy to date.

Men Educated At Ivy League Schools Vastly Outearn Female Classmates

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.15.2015 | Home

Attending the country's most prestigious schools doesn’t make you immune to the unfortunate societal stew of sexism, bias and history that drives th...

An Open Letter to My Students, on the Eve of a New Semester

Jess Kapp | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Jess Kapp

As a teacher, nothing feels better than connecting with the people who will move us forward into a bright future, filled with new ideas, innovations, and ground breaking discoveries. Yes, you are the people of whom I speak.

Who Says Science Movies Don't Matter?

Deborah Berebichez | Posted 08.21.2016 | Home
Deborah Berebichez

When I was 12, my father took me to The Children's Museum in Mexico City to see a movie that I remember as Planets, Moons and Stars. It was unlike any movie I had seen before. There were no good and bad guys or furry animals -- just colorful spheres.

More Women Earning Science Degrees

Melanie Fine | Posted 08.12.2016 | Home
Melanie Fine

Ostensibly it's good that more women are entering a very male-dominated scientific world. My question is, though, what happens to these women when they finish their degrees and enter the workforce? Do they become the living embodiment of the American dream, or do they soon discover that the American dream is just as elusive as ever?

Science: The Story of Me

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.09.2016 | Home
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

My journey to self discovery mirrors the art of science itself-- full of curiosity, challenge, exploration, and awareness to reach a conclusion. Growing to accept my own identity has been a journey somehow inexplicably linked to embracing science.

Feel Fuller by Eating Less -- an Astonishing New Diet Trick!

The Scientista Foundation | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
The Scientista Foundation

Next time you find yourself considering which new fad diet to try -- think about changing your plateware instead. You never know -- it may just be worth putting that weight on your plate, instead of on you!

Research Doesn't Back Up Biochemist's Comments About Women Crying At Work

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.17.2015 | Home

A new front opened in science's battle of the sexes started by Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Tim Hunt who said that women should work in segregated l...