Damn I am inspired by the women of our organization. It is amazing how you all continue to stay motivated, support the resistance, and produce awesome science. Enjoy the weekend ladies, rest up for another week!
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! This week for #takeactiontuesday we promote and discuss the awesomeness of women scientists. We celebrate the brilliance and creativity of Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and visionary of computer science. We also reflect on how many women scientists are overlooked and under appreciated.
This week on #meetascientist, get to know Dr. Jessica Prenni, Associate Professor and Director of Proteomics & Metabolomics Facility at Colorado State University. A few weeks ago, Jessica co-authored a study on gender diversity based on an analysis of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry's annual meeting, so we thought it'd be a great opportunity to share her findings and her story!
Every day of every week brings a new challenge. Our hearts are broken after the senseless terror attack in Las Vegas on Monday. And today, we are enraged by the renewed attack on women's reproductive rights. Sometimes it feels like the fight is coming from all sides. And we must continue to fight. If you need support this week, we encourage you to reach out to your pod. We have created our network for this very reason - for support and strength. Together, we are stronger.
What we've done
Excellent Op-Ed piece published by one of our amazing scientists!
@Webmz_ is a product of science without borders
Support students affected by hurricanes.
Wikipedia edit-a-thon by the DC pod.
What we like
This week, we seek to follow the example of Governor Scott, who has asked Florida universities and colleges to provide out of state tuition waivers and discounts to students from Puerto Rico. We encourage everyone reach out to your Governor and local college/university president and ask for similar consideration for these students in need.
Where hurricane displaced college students can get tuition breaks in Florida:
I was in Bucharest for workshop and Jane was in Wyoming for this awesome meeting so it seems like the week just flew by and I can hardly believe September is over! While traveling I started to feel a little overwhelmed thinking about all my projects, so I ordered a soy vanilla latte from Starbucks because no matter where in the world I go it always tastes the same and I find that consistency very soothing in times of stress. What techniques do you all use to stay calm during a busy week? Have a nice weekend friends!
The environmental disasters devastating our families, friends, and colleagues right now are overwhelming. Puerto Rico has been destroyed by hurricane Maria, and Houston is still facing a long road to recover. As a first step we have identified a few organizations accepting donations. Beyond donations we want to hear from you! If you have suggestions, comments and ideas please add more in the comment section!
This week on #MeetAscientist get to know Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a Professor at University of California Merced leading a soil biogeochemistry research group. She shares the arc of her career — from Eritrea to California, from political ecology to biogeochemistry — and her advice to young investigators. We know you'll find her insights as enlightening as we do!
It is all the small things that each one of us does that will make the difference - helping our neighbors in times of need, speaking up for climate change and health care, being role models to the young girls in our communities, and remembering to appreciate the progress (however small) we are making. Enjoy the weekend friends!
This week on #meetascientist, get to know urban ecologist and environmental justice advocate Tiffany Carey. As a young scientist and community organizer, Tiffany has a fresh perspective on how scientists can work with communities to empower and educate. She currently does just that as a Science Outreach Coordinator at University of Michigan. We know you'll find her story and her insights to be inspiring.
Happy Friday friends. You all have been working so hard this September, getting back to into school life, raising money for those affected by the hurricanes, defending DACA, and building an impressive resistance ALL while supporting each other. We are so proud of our community and the progress we are making together. Enjoy your weekend and I recommend scrolling through these photos from Saturn for a out of this world mental break.
This week our actions are focused on DACA; we will not stand silently by. Please read our Take action Tuesday for resources and suggestions on how you can take action (ps call your lawmakers). If you have questions there are a few good pieces summarizing what is going on here, here, and here. And if you are directly or indirectly affected and want to share your story, send us an email - you have our full support.
The #fundUSAscience campaign has launched! Take 2 minutes to tweet today to help bring attention to science funding as the FY2018 budget negotiations get underway.
1) Tell us how your science benefits society and add #fundUSAscience @500wsDC and a picture (sample tweets and instructions here).
2) Time to revive our habit of calling our elected officials - get in touch with your elected official and let them know what you think about science funding, DACA, or any other topic.
How to have a productive call with your representative - http://www.ucsusa.org/action/phone-calls.html#.Wa7uoNOGMn0
Support bipartisan legislation that protects immigrant youth: Ask your legislators to co-sponsor S.1615 in the Senate and H.R. 3591 in the House. Check out Indivisible for more information on these bills and scripts to call your legislators.
Join United We Dream’s Day of Action: There are protests all across the country and you can find one or register your own action here. We encourage all who are able to show up and stand with Dreamers.
Read about the impact of DACA: The law has allowed people to work and attend school without the constant fear of deportation. Read first-hand stories of DACA from the National Immigrant Law Center and share with family members and friends who may not understand or support the law.
If you’re a DACA recipient: click here for reliable information from United We Dream and the National Immigrant Law Center on your rights.
Scientist, conservationist, and artist Kika Tuff shares her work at the intersection of science, art, and outreach. She's managed to escape being pigeonholed, seamlessly bridging the worlds of science and art. She now runs a science communication agency called Impact Media Lab after finishing graduate school.