Climbing higher into science

Climbing higher into science

This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know rock climber and neuroscientist Melise Edwards. In addition to being a Research Associate at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, she uses her Instagram platform (@meliseymo) to share her climbing adventures, while discussing issues of inclusion, sexism, and racism in the climbing community. Here, she chats about how her passions for science and climbing intersect and how both the scientific and climbing communities can do better when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Pod of the Week - Gothenburg

Pod of the Week - Gothenburg

This week we are excited to highlight one or largest pods - Gothenburg, Sweden. Found on the western side of Sweden between Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, the Gothenburg pod formed because they were dissatisfied with the rate of change in the situation for women in science. They have now gathered a large diverse group of scientists who are dedicated to identify structural gender inequalities in the scientific community and work towards correcting them. Read on to learn more about this awesome group of women!

Take Action Tuesday

Take Action Tuesday

This week, we want to amplify the voices of Dreamers in the STEM community and celebrate their contributions to science. You may remember we wrote a piece about DACA in January. Today, undocumented students are facing heightened barriers and we want to find ways to support them. We ask you to watch and share the video of Evelyn Valdez-Ward’s speech at the March for Science DC or read it and share this post

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Hello friends, how was your week? We spent the week thinking about ways our organization can best address issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the sciences. Do you have awesome success stories of programs that both reward and elevate POC so as to create equity in science and move us beyond our current very flawed system? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Meanwhile, we are preparing for our board meeting, can't wait to share the outcomes with you all! 

Meet the Creator of #DisabledandSTEM

Meet the Creator of #DisabledandSTEM

This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Jesse Shanahan, a graduate student in astrophysics, an accessibility coordinator, and a science communicator. She created the hashtag #disabledandSTEM and has recently joined the leadership team of 500 Women Scientists to make sure we're honoring our mission to make science inclusive and accessible. We're thrilled to have her on board and excited to share some of her work with you all!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

I missed last week, so this week is extra full of all the goods. Meanwhile we are wrapping up Science Salons (stay tuned for the final update), and are now getting ready for the Science-a-thon! It is May now, does that mean we can talk about the summer? We are excited for our 3rd boarding meeting - this time in Atlanta! What are your summer plans? Any good projects we should know about? 

Fitting into the Bigger Picture

Fitting into the Bigger Picture

This week on #MeetAScientist get to know biologist and science diplomat Dr. Clarissa Rios Rojas. With over a decade of biomedical research under her belt, Clarissa has shifted gears, focusing her attention on professional development of Latin American students and young professionals, so they can in turn contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries. Clarissa talks more about founding the nonprofit Ekpa’palek and how she plans on using her scientific training to better the world.

Take Action Tuesday (on a Wednesday)

#weeklyaction

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. We have written about how and why academia and science must be better at confronting sexual harassment and assault.

The National Science Foundation is now ramping up its efforts to combat sexual harassment in scientific fields. This includes a number of proposed steps to hold institutions and perpetrators accountable and these steps are open for formal comments until May 4, 2018. Please submit your comments on these proposed rules here; some helpful guidelines on how to submit an effective comment.

This week, we are also encouraging our women in science to sign up for Hi From The Other Side to understand why many folks are skeptical of science and find common ground.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

If you are marching this weekend in a March for Science, please let us know and tag us in your photos! For those staying home, we'd also be interested to hear from you? Did you march last year? What makes you decide when and when not to demonstrate? As always, stay safe when you are demonstrating, see last week's post for tips! Enjoy the weekend!