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Rebecca Searles
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Rebecca Searles is a science journalist and the Editorial Director at Experiment, a crowdfunding platform for science research. Previously she was a social community editor at the The Huffington Post, where she founded HuffPost's Girls in STEM Mentorship Program. Prior to her stint at The Huffington Post she interned at Psychology Today, and she continues to blog for them at The Stone Age Mind. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with dual degrees in Biology and Psychology. Rebecca is fascinated by the intersections of evolution, psychology, and tech, and continues to explore these topics in her writing. She lives in San Francisco, but is originally from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

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Lauren Yesko, HuffPost Girls In STEM Mentee, Stars In 'NOVA' Show With Dr. Rudy Tanzi

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

When it comes to keeping girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), mentorship...

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7 STEM Gift Ideas For Girls

(5) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Doing some last-minute holiday shopping?

There are some amazing toys and gifts on the...

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How To Tell If You're A Feminist In Two Easy Steps

(1490) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 10:08 AM

I get tired of hearing teen role-models like Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry misuse and reject the term "feminist." It perpetuates the myth that feminists are a bunch of bra-burning man-haters, and that's just not true. Misusing the label and sounding like an idiot isn't good...

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HuffPost Tech Jobs: Come Build With Us!

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 7:02 PM

Dear Ladies of STEM,

The HuffPost Tech Team is looking for a few talented developers to come help us shake up digital journalism. We're hiring for the following positions:

Interested? Apply to developer@huffingtonpost.com with your Github URL and...

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Phil Mickelson: Science Teachers Need To Learn How To Teach With Passion

(162) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 2:52 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Phil Mickelson might be the biggest nerd in golf.

So when the hall of...

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Girls In STEM Newsletter: Here's How To Sign Up

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 10:36 PM

Since HuffPost launched the Girls In STEM Mentorship Program last December, we've paired over 300 girls interested in science, technology, engineering and/or math with successful women in these fields. Meanwhile, we've worked to cultivate a dialogue on- and off-site about the problems facing women...

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What's Wrong With This Picture? The Top 100 CEOs In STEM

(86) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 9:58 PM

Yesterday, STEMconnector released a list of the top 100 CEO leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But something stood out about their photo compilation of these powerful STEM head honchos.

top 100 ceo stem

Oh, they're all dudes.

Oh, and they're all white...

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Girls In STEM: Let's Talk About Paleontology

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Last week we spotlighted five amazing STEM mentors and mentees that have chosen to participate in HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. We'll be following these 10 inspiring women for the next few weeks while we explore STEM careers, mentorship and education, and the issues that women face in STEM fields -- and we want you to join us.

On March 6th at 11am EST, NMHU postdoctoral fellow Kate Ziegler and University of Oregon senior Amy Atwater will be joining us to talk about studying and working in paleontology in a live-streaming Google+ Hangout. In this hangout, we'll be asking them about their research and how to advance in this field, as well as beginning to tackle some broader questions around women in STEM.

More about our paleontology mentorship pair:

Kate owns her own geologic consulting firm where she's recently been hired by two companies to walk potential pipeline corridors and check for significant fossil resources. One of the many projects she's working on is a revision of the timing of the Miocene-Pliocene Ogallala Formation in New Mexico and Kansas. Her master's thesis was a taphonomic project on a Late Triassic bone bed full of reptiles and early dinosaurs.
Amy is a senior at the University of Oregon Honors College, where she's busy working away on her undergraduate thesis on omomyids, an extinct taxa of basal primates from the Eocene, and understanding the evolution and extinction of this primate group in the context of North American climate change in the Paleogene. To do this research she has been measuring a lot of teeth, which tell a lot about an animal's lifestyle. She also started an awesome blog about women in...
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Girls In STEM: 2013 Mentorship Resources And Updates

(4) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:51 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Welcome, STEM lovers!

Check here for the latest updates on HuffPost's Girls...

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Golden Eagle Snatches Child: Memes And Twitter Reactions Sparked By Video (EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

(96) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 6:00 PM

When the world wide web catches hold of viral gold like this hoax video of a golden eagle snatching a baby, the reactions also spread like wildfire.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is how internet memes are born.

WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE BELOW

The baby-grabbing eagle video...

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Calling All Geek Girls: Join Our STEM Mentorship Program

(114) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 5:19 PM

UPDATE: Mentee applications have closed. Mentor applications remain open until further notice. Sign up for our Girls in STEM newsletter for updates.

Dear Geek Girls,

We were there once -- making a decision about which career path to choose can be a source of great anxiety,...

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Happy #Thanksgeeking: Readers Give Thanks To Their Science Mentors (PHOTOS)

(14) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 1:00 AM

This Thanksgiving, we'll give thanks for family and friends, for good health and great food. But what about saying thank you to the people who made you who you are? (And if you're reading this, you're probably a science geek.)

Here at HuffPost Science, we know science isn't just a...

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Hurricane Sandy 2012 On Twitter And Instagram: Images Of The Megastorm (LIVE UPDATES)

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 5:02 PM

As Hurricane Sandy barreled down on the East Coast, thousands flocked to social media to share how they are seeing and experiencing this epic megastorm.

Sites like Twitter and Instagram immediately became a source of hurricane news for many -- and where words couldn't begin to describe,...

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Mars Memes: Funniest Curiosity Rover Photoshops On The Internet

(29) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 4:57 PM

If something makes big enough news in pop-culture, you can trust the Internet will make a meme out of it.

So when NASA successfully landed Mars Rover Curiosity on the red planet a couple of weeks ago, and released its first batch of Mars surface...

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Why 'A Universe From Nothing' Should Mean Everything

(207) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 10:10 AM

Lawrence Krauss has a bleak view of the universe: We started with nothing, became something, and in the end, there will be nothing again. And the nothingness is heading towards us, faster and faster everyday.

So, what are we to make of this? How do we reconcile the...

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Scientists On Twitter: Physicists To Follow

(49) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 5:00 AM

All that talk about the Higgs boson leave you hungry for more from the world of physics? You're in luck: we've put together a slideshow of over 30 physicists you may want to follow on Twitter.

These scientists may not be able to explain dark matter or string theory...

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Scientists On Twitter: 30 Biologists And Chemists To Follow

(10) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 8:07 PM

Life on this planet is incredibly complex, but many biologists and chemists out there help us make sense of it--on Twitter.

From live-tweeting big science conferences, to sharing small victories (or failures) in the lab, to ranting about that #ScienceGirlThing video, these scientists are...

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'Supermoon' 2012 Pics And Tweets (LIVE UPDATES)

(361) Comments | Posted May 5, 2012 | 5:21 PM

It's Supermoon Saturday, and Twitter is abuzz with tweets and twitpics of our moon captured from nearly every angle.

What's all the commotion?

At 11:34 p.m. EDT, the moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than its smallest and dimmest form, as it...

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New iPad Announcement: Twitterers React To Apple's News (SLIDESHOW)

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 6:12 PM

After months of speculation, the rumors have been put to rest: Apple announced its new iPad today, and everyone is talking about it.

Twitter exploded after Apple unveiled the "New iPad" -- it's called the iPad, plain and simple, not the iPad...

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Gelada Monkeys Miscarry When New Male Joins Group, Study Shows (PHOTOS)

(258) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 10:25 AM

For pregnant women, miscarriage is a dreaded event. But if you happen to be a certain species of monkey, losing your baby may be the best alternative if a new guy shows up.

University of Michigan researchers spent five years observing wild gelada monkeys, a.k.a. gelada baboons, in

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