To continue celebrating National Mentoring Month, this week’s #TakeActionTuesday is focused on recognizing and thanking the mentors in our life. #ThankYouTuesday
Hey friends, how are you doing this week? How is your #selfcare routine? Are you exercising? Making time for your own thoughts? Making time away from your computer to be with your friends and family? Maybe a goal for the weekend? Sunday I have 4 conference calls so on Saturday I am leaving my computer and phone and home and plan to get time outside! I also plan to take a nap, I can’t wait! Big hug and see you next week.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Dr. Susan Cheng, an ecosystem ecologist and member of the 500 Women Scientists Leadership Team. She has spearheaded our newly launched Fellowship of the Future, which will recognize the contributions of women of color leading in STEM. 500 Women Scientists is currently fundraising to support the first cohort of fellows in Fall 2020. To learn more and support the future of STEM, you can donate today.
Happy New Year! 2018 was awesome, and honestly we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings. I started my year off by listening to the latest episode of the Nod, on setting your intentions for the year. I love the connotation of ‘intention’ because it allows for and encourages assessment and reflection at the end of the year - more so than ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions.’ What do you think? Do you set intentions? Make resolutions? Or do you have another tradition for starting out a new year?
The year is ending, and while we are ready for a bit of rest over the upcoming week, we really can’t wait for 2019 to start! Like any change making organization, our momentum waxes and wanes, but we trust our work. We are changing the STEM landscape, growing a stronger network, and building resources every day. Thanks for joining us on this journey! Happy Holidays.
Make mentoring part of your new year's resolutions.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Erin Hogeboom, Director Of Strategic Partnerships at National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). NGCP works to bring together organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In this interview, she shares the NGCP’s approach to supporting girls in STEM.
We have just finished up a fantastic week in Washington, DC at the AGU conference where we had meet-ups, launches and happy-hours galore. After last week when we launched our Women in Medicine satellite, we are ready for a bit of a holiday break! Sending you all a big hug and good feelings for the last 2 weeks of the year.
We are launching the Fellowship for the Future to recognize and amplify the important contributions of women of color in STEM. This fellowship will provide awardees with leadership training, a stipend, and additional resources to complete their projects that help make the STEM community more inclusive and equitable.
Our favorite meeting of the year is coming up next week - AGU! This year we have a fews ways you can meet up with us Scientist Engagement Happy Hour & Story Collider on Thursday. And send us a message on twitter if you have questions while you are there. Hope to see some of you next week and have a great weekend.
Happy Holidays friends. This year we are really excited to share our holiday gift guide for current and future women scientists! We have something for everyone: gifts that give, gifts for your home, to read & to wear, and gifts for the future women scientists in your life. Honestly, these gifts aren’t just for the holidays, they’d be great for birthdays, graduations and just to say ‘thanks, for being a role model’. Enjoy and let us know what you think!
Today marks the launch of 500 Women in Medicine, a satellite of 500 Women Scientists established by five women medical students. Celebrate by getting to know the five women running this initiative. We believe women play a critical role in medicine and for medicine to truly serve the people, it must be inclusive and reflect the true diversity in our society. To learn more, check out their official page and follow them on Twitter @500WIM, Instagram @500womeninmedicine, and Linkedin.
Somehow 2 years have passed since we first wrote our pledge, and we couldn’t be more proud of the organization we have built together. In celebration of our anniversary, I included extra links - plus everything just seemed a bit more awesome this week. We can’t wait for our 3rd year together! Happy Weekend friends.
Tucson is a beautiful city with a beautiful pod. In October, the pod graciously hosted the 500WS board meeting and we were able to meet some of their awesome (130!) members. The women have created a highly active, sustainable pod with a variety of projects that keeps their members engaged and interested. One of their secrets might be that they have 9 women on their leadership team each focusing on a different job - events, advocacy, communication, treasurer, outreach, etc. Read on, and maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own pod meet ups! Thanks Tucson :).
Today, the US celebrates #GivingTuesday to kick off the holiday season with a day of charitable giving to organizations doing work worth supporting. Since 500 Women Scientists launched two years ago, we’ve worked to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible. We’ve run campaigns to change the face of what a scientist looks like, to stand up for evidence-based policies, to speak out against hate and bigotry, and to increase participation in democracy.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Teresa Ambrosio, a fourth-year PhD student studying Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. She runs a blog and Instagram account, which is centered on her experiences navigating through academia, imparting career advice she’s gathered over the years. In this interview, she shares her journey to chemistry, as well as her inspiration for getting started in science communication and advocacy.
It’s important for climate—and climate justice—to have its own forum in the new Congress. For Take Action Tuesday, please consider getting organizations of which you’re a part to join Sunrise Movement’s call for a special committee to address the climate crisis.
This month we are celebrating 2 years together and it really does feel like a plan we have been working on for a long time is starting to take shape. Thank you to everyone that has been along for the journey. To those who are just joining, Welcome! We can’t wait to hear your ideas on how to make science more open, inclusive and accessible. Happy Weekend!
Finding the time and means to meet your pod during busy weeks can feel like a burden. But we all know how great a good network or action oriented meeting can be, and that meeting often brings us motivation. The Chicago pod, undeterred by the traffic and chaos of the big city, has figured out a way to keep their pod momentum going, growing to over 145 members online!
This week, we celebrate our 2 year anniversary and our 100th Take Action post!! Our official first Take Action post was on December 8, 2016 and in the 99 subsequent weekly posts, we have called on our members to call their elected representatives, prompted actions to support immigrants, to defend healthcare and funding for science, to fight against discrimination and harassment, and to take action in our communities to push for inclusion and equity.