Tag: Women in Science

A Few Nobel Women

A Few Nobel Women

The most prestigious scientific prize is being awarded this week – the Nobel Prize. Who will win? History tells us not to expect many women among the winners and that points to systemic problems in STEM.

Understanding Sea Turtle Navigation with Laser-based Imaging

Understanding Sea Turtle Navigation with Laser-based Imaging

If you’ve ever been lost in an unfamiliar city or tried to walk around in the dark, then you may have found yourself wishing you had the eyes of a cat or the echolocation abilities of a bat. But have you ever wished for the…

Girls Talk Math – Engaging Girls through Math Media

Girls Talk Math – Engaging Girls through Math Media

Girls Talk Math is a non-traditional math camp in that students not only learn challenging Mathematics usually not encountered until college, but also research the life of female mathematicians who have worked on related topics. Campers share what they learned during the two-week day camp…

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Three years ago, I moved from California to North Carolina for graduate school, an experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone in more ways than I expected. The most discomforting was feeling very different from my colleagues. For example, my identity as a woman of color became…

Physics Through the Looking Glass

Physics Through the Looking Glass

On Christmas Eve 1956, a woman caught the last train to New York in the snow to report experimental results that would alter the landscape of modern physics forever. Although members of the physics community would initially dismiss her results as nonsense, the evidence would…

The Ethics of Open Access: Is Pirating the Best Path?

The Ethics of Open Access: Is Pirating the Best Path?

  Alexandra Elbakyan will go down in history as the mastermind of Sci-Hub and perhaps as a champion for open access research. Sci-Hub is an online repository of pirated research articles that enables scholars to access millions of articles free of charge.  Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub…

Representation Matters: Spotlighting Accomplished Women of Color

Representation Matters: Spotlighting Accomplished Women of Color

As a woman of color in graduate school, I greatly appreciate the paths that have been paved for me both directly and indirectly by women, and especially women of color who have shown great accomplishment and determination in their fields of study. Representation is important,…

Defying Regression Towards the Mean

As a young woman in pursuit of a career in academia, I find the underrepresentation of women in STEM careers, and specifically scientific research, to be a daunting statistic to face. In STEM fields, the percentage of tenure-line faculty positions held by women has merely…