We suggest an outward and inward action this week.
1) Outward - Contact your senator today and let her/him know your opinions about health care. https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/%3C/senators_cfm.cfm?State=CO.
Want to know more about how to make a difference as a scientist? http://www.faseb.org/Science-Policy-and-Advocacy/Become-an-Advocate/Advocacy-Tool-Kit.aspx
2) Inward - Reach out to your pod and join our summer of op-eds! Anyone interested in writing an OpEd about health care, science funding, or science-informed policy?There are two great webinars (7/27, 7/28) this week to help you make a writing plan!
As you may have heard, last week we launched the the 500WS Summer of Op-Eds. Join with your pod and choose a topic relevant to your community and science. If you don't know where to start there will be a series of webinars, and check out our website for more info. Read on to find out more about what we've been up to.
This week, we ask you to take the first steps to participate in 500 Women Scientist’s Summer of Writing. If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry, we’ve partnered with two excellent resources, The Union of Concerned Scientists and Rise Stronger, and we’ve laid out a plan to help you organize! Here are our actions for this week:
Happy Friday! This week, we are really excited to launch our summer writing campaign. This summer, get together with your pods or other scientists in your community and write a letter to the editor or OpEd on a topic that resonates with you and your community. Send letters to your local newspapers, national news outlets, or publish on our Medium page. We can't wait to see what you all come up with!
What we've done
- Summer of OpEds on a topic that is near and dear to our hearts - science!
We are seeking social scientists to help us develop and inform an ambitious science outreach project. If you are interested in science outreach, especially to underserved and rural areas, get in touch!
- Next week in NYC - Women in STEMfest
Meet Emily, a leader of 500WS and an expert at balancing life.
What we like
- Discover Sister Mentors in DC with UCS.
Break twitter feeds - speak up against sexism in academia.
Support the Science-a-Thon from ESWN.
Submit a solution, help women and girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds use technology to fully participate and prosper in the economy
Hiring - associate dean for inclusion and diversity.
We call on your scientific expertise again this week.
Submit a comment on the proposed National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2022 https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0050-0001. Find more info and a sample comment at 500 WS website
2) We are inspired by local government for their commitments to the Paris agreement, including the CO Governor. Consider sharing your thoughts on climate commitments with your local government. Will they sign on with other cities, states, businesses? http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/11/colorado-signs-us-climate-alliance-joining-states-committed-paris-climate-agreement/
This week on #meetascientist, we get to know Emily Lescak, a member of the 500 Women Scientists leadership and coordinator for our Alaska pod. True to the 500WS mission, Emily has centered outreach and mentorship over the course of her career development. We're thrilled to share her research, outreach activities, and insights into the (surmountable) challenges facing women in STEM.
Thanks to those of you who sent in suggestions on where to take our organization next. We have a few projects coming up for you in July, and will be hosting a pod webinar to encourage communication between the leadership and pods. Also, we want to hear what you all have been up! Make sure to tag us in your tweets or email us directly. Enjoy the weekend ladies!
In light of the July 4th holiday yesterday, this week we ask you to take time by providing the Department of Interior with our expert scientific opinions about the 27 National Monuments up for review.
500 Women Scientists has over 100 pods around the world, thanks in large part to Dr. Angie Pendergrass, our amazing Pod Coordinator and member of the leadership team. This week, get to know Angie on #meetascientist. She shares her passions for science and coalition building, as well as her love of adventure and the environment.
This week on #meetascientist, we get to know Philo Mbong. A virologist by training, Philo left Academia to bring science into the world of public policy. She shares how she found her way into science with her interest in reproductive health and how she manages to ground herself through all her science policy and advocacy activities (spoiler: she's a master of yoga).