Rise Up, Take Action! We hope you were inspired by the many MLK events yesterday. In that spirit, we focus on those under-served in science. Help us lift them up!
- A clean DACA - Read an inspiring story from one of our 500 WS members and sister. Below are their three actions:
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know CienciaPR's Director of Communications and Science Outreach, Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer. Mónica started her career as a neuroscientist, leaving the bench for an established career in science communication and outreach. She is also Associate Director of Diversity and Communication Training for iBiology. You can find her communicating science and advocating for her fellow Puerto Ricans on Twitter at @moefeliu.
Happy New Year y'all!! We are so excited for 2018. There are new projects to start, ongoing projects to maintain, and so many more women to reach. We hope you are as excited as we are. This is your organization, so this year we really hope you stay in touch - read our newsletters, follow us on twitter and facebook, read our cool website content, or just send us an email. Best wishes in this New Year!
For the new year, we're asking 500WS to look forward to the world we want, and the part we can play in it. Here's an activity for you to do as an individual or, better yet, as your first pod meeting of the year (tried and tested by the Boulder pod).
Friends, we cannot thank you enough for the support you have given 500 Women Scientists over the last year! We relied on our community for strength, encouragement, ideas, and passion to keep up the fight, even when every day brought a new assault on the values we hold dear. We have big plans for 2018 and we hope you will be there with us!
We are taking the next two weeks off, but will be back to our regular schedule beginning January 8th. Sending well wishes to all of you for the holidays!
Our federal science agencies are world class and critical to our nation’s health and safety, yet this week the CDC was given a list of banned words. Neither the science nor its budgets should be censored. Help us speak up against the ban of 7 words in the CDC budget:
Many of us are ending the year at conferences - AGU, BES, ECRS to name a few. In light of our recent piece in Scientific American on sexual harassment, now is good time to think about how we can help implement institutional change. Read the article to find concrete actions, and share your own ideas with us too! It starts with asking scientific societies and instituions to make changes, so lets get asking. Have a good weekend all.
Net Neutrality is critical to science. Data traveling through a network equally, regardless of the source, destination, or content of that data is important for the progress and democratization of science. We encourage you to speak up for Net Neutrality this week (and have even shared some text for you to send)!
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know paleontologist and podcast producer Michelle Barboza-Ramirez. We're big fans of her podcast, the Femmes of STEM, where she combines her expertise in science and women's studies to bring us bi-weekly episodes of the women who have propelled science, technology, engineering, and mathematics forward. In this interview, she shares how the podcast came to be, as well as how she found her own way into science.
It is easy to be angry: at the now thousands of stories of sexual misconduct in academics, at heartless tax cuts that will directly effect grad students, and at events we have very little control over - this week the fires in California. This weekend I encourage you all to take time for yourself - because it is easy to be angry but we cannot continue to react and take action if we are tired and worn down. I we are sure keeping busy! Big hug friends.
Many of us are so angry after last weeks tax vote - angry for ourselves, our students, our colleagues, our families. This week we focus on implications of the Tax Reform on higher education, and encourage you to use your anger to fuel your actions:
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Dr. Corina Logan, a research fellow in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge University. She discusses her research into grackles and what they can tell us about human behavior and shares how she has used evidence to craft best practices for her research group. She's thought deeply about how to incentivize a more open and honest scientific practice and create an environment that facilitates equity. We hope you find her answers as enlightening as we did!
If the holiday season doesn't stress you out, than the proposed US tax plan that will directly impact graduate students probably will. So if you need to relax and take a break, I recommend listening to the ELT podcast. If you have energy to take action, check out our resource page - maybe write an Op-Ed or ask your friends and family to give the gift of science this season. And if you have new ideas, share them with us (we obsessively check our email and tweets). Happy December friends!
Today is #givingtuesday, and we ask you to consider supporting 500 Women Scientists, and give sugestions to 2 other groups that have been our partners from the beginning.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Veronica Padula, a PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a science education and communication specialist. She shares the importance of her research studying the effect of marine debris on seabirds and why outreach and mentorship is so important for her.
Think week our American counterparts are hopefully taking some well-earned Thanksgiving holiday time with their friends and family. This year we are Thankful for the community we have built, each and everyone one of you is an inspiration to our organization.
This week we ask you to take action in support of graduate students. The House GOP tax plan includes a new tax on the tuition waiver that many graduate students receive. The senate version keeps the current exemption.
Hi Friends. We have been together just a year, but it somehow feels like many years. Partly because this year was a bit rough, but mostly because our community has been so open and welcoming. We have big plans for 2018, and we want you all involved. Make sure you 1. Sign up for our monthly Newsletter, 2. Join or start a pod, and 3. Stay up to date by regularly checking our website, twitter and facebook. Enjoy the weekend!
This week, I am at the Women’s Global Leadership Forum at U.Va and have been reminded of and inspired by amazing women outside STEM working to improve the rights of women and girls around the world. It has been another reminder that for all the work there is to do, we have many allies in our journey and many places to look for inspiration. Speaking of work to do, here are some specific actions for the week, one inward facing and one outward facing:
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Dr. Alicia Pérez-Porro, a marine biologist and explorer. Alicia is a member of the 500 Women Scientists NYC pod, and led the effort to put together a recent op-ed for Scientific American on solutions to stop the leaky pipeline. We're thrilled to count her voice among our membership and excited to share her story with you all!
On November 4-5, we held our second board meeting in Washington DC and celebrated one year of 500 Women Scientists. The goal of our meeting was to identify how to actualize our mission in 2018, ensure all aspects of our organization are inclusive, and better organize ourselves to be sustainable through many more years. This will require input from all of us- leaders, advisors, pods and members. So if you want to take action, form a pod, if you have a pod, go to a meeting, and if you want more contact us!
One year ago, 500 women scientists (and many more) signed a pledge to declare our support science and all minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA. That pledge grew into a mission to make science open, inclusive, and accessible. As an organization, 500 Women Scientists is committed to providing opportunities for leadership and an inclusive space for all voices and points of view. So as we celebrate our 1 year anniversary, we invite you to meet some of our organization's leadership team and learn what inspired them to join the cause. We always welcome new ideas, voices, and energy, so please get in touch if you feel similarly inspired to step up and help lead our growing organization.