500 Women Scientists, Earthjustice, the Public Comment Project, and the Union of Concerned Scientists are calling on scientists nationwide to submit public comments drawing on their expertise and detailing how the EPA proposed Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science would impact the use of specific research. Join the National Week of Action, May 20-26.
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.
Yesterday my supervisor told me that time is like dry sand running through your fingers. So with that in mind, I am going to take the weekend to prioritize what I want to accomplish this summer, what I want 500WS to tackle, and also take some time for myself to breathe. What are your weekend plans?
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!
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.
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!
Support diversity on your campus! In response to two Native American young men having the campus cops called on them last week, we ask you to pressure your university leadership via twitter, facebook, and post cards to support organizations such as SACNAS, Black Student Alliance, and various cultural centers.
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!
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?
This week we get to know our San Diego Pod. They are focused on providing an engaging, inclusive and supportive community for women scientists. In March they used a vision exercise to plan their year, and are currently working on a piece on the impacts of the proposed border wall.
Have you made your voice heard on combating sexual harassment in science?
This is the last week to submit your comments on the National Science Foundation’s proposed new policies to combat sexual harassment in scientific fields! These policies are open for formal comments until May 4, 2018.
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.
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!
This week on Meet a Scientist, we meet Dr. Pragnya Eranki, a Chemical Engineer with expertise in sustainable technologies. She currently works at the Colorado School of Mines as research faculty in civil and environmental engineering, as well as developing a Diversity, Inclusion, and Access Council. Learn about Pragnya's work on sustainability and DI&A issues — and her passion for reading and dancing!
Are you marching for science next week or participating in a Science Rising event? Before you take action, read this info to help you safely organize and speak out for science. Read the ACLU free guide, “Know Your Rights: Science Activism and Protests.” If you want a quick summary, the American Geophysical Union put together the main takeaways. Have a great weekend all, and keep up the awesome work!
In honor of Earth month, we invite pods to sign up as teams in the Drawdown EcoChallenge, a three-week engagement program focused on carbon reduction.
Women's History Month may be coming to a close, but here at 500WS it honestly doesn't ever really stop. This last month has been great though. We are especially proud of the many Science Salon's that have been hosted by our pods. Enjoy the weekend (a long weekend for those in Europe) and see you all next week!
What can we learn from the New York City pod? By actively creating an inclusive space you can build a pod of over 200 women! Plus, by forming partnerships you can get more done! Read on to find out what else the NYC pod is up to.
Today on #MeetAScientist, Dr. Izumi Hinkson dives into her world of proteomics, mentorship, soccer, and cuisine! Izumi grew up in California, and earned her Ph.D. from Stanford in Chemical and Systems Biology. She spent a year in Washington, D.C. as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, and is currently working to help the National Cancer Institute manage data to help us better understand cancer. Izumi explains the difference between proteomics and genomics, shares an inspiring story of her mentorship in the lab, and tells us how she found her way into an interesting and timely career in proteomics.
Happy Spring ya'll! We now have over 140 Pods around the world! It is so exciting to see women scientists leading their communities. Please keep us updated on your activities and never hesitate to send us a message, we love receiving emails for you ladies! Enjoy the weekend.