Spotlight on Science: This Week in Science (#TWIS)

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In my last spotlight on science I talked about MySciCareer as a resource for scientists. Now, I’m back for another resource for scientists. This time I’m going to share a podcast I have been listening to lately. As far as science podcast go I have only been subscribed to This Week in Virology (TWIV) and This Week in Global Health (TWiGH). Then a few months ago I was looking on twitter and I came across This Week in Science (TWIS) so I decided to check it out. I’m all for listening to talks about science. After listening to a few episodes I decided TWIS is something that I want to tune into on a regular basis. The cool thing about TWIS is that they talk about various topics in science and each episode is a chance to find out the latest things happening in science and technology. With that being said I recommend TWIS for anyone in the STEM field! I like listening to this podcast in the evening. Continue reading

What Does a Scientist Look Like?/Too Pretty to be a Scientist

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A few months ago Science Mentor told me about a new science blogger, La Cientifica. So I went on over to her blog and came across her post, Please Refrain. In this post she shares some of the crazy comments she gets as a woman in science. Here are some of the comments that stood out to me the most:

  • Come on angels.
  • Women live longer then men because they don’t work as hard.
  • The only intelligent woman I know is my wife.
  • You don’t dress like a scientist.
  • Do you plan on having a baby anytime soon?

I can say that I have heard these before. Have you? These comments are inappropriate and disrespectful! I remember reading a few posts about this topic and the Women in Astronomy (Is Science in the Eye of the Beholder?) blog post.

When did society make it okay for people to make rude comments to women in STEM? This is unacceptable and has to stop! As a mademoiselle scientist I should only be judged by the work that I do, not what I look like. Since I look young and dress stylish I often get the comments like: “you look so young”, or “look like you should be in a different career” and sometimes I don’t get taken seriously. It’s a shame that things are this way. The last time I checked there is nothing wrong with being feminine or taking pride in my appearance.

Have you ever heard, “you don’t look like a scientist”? Or how about, “you are too pretty to be a scientist”? I know some of you may have heard these things before. It’s time that we take a stand and make a change. We have to let our voices be heard. How can we change this? Continue reading

My Informational Interview Tips

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Before subscribing to Science Mentor’s blog I was not familiar with informational interviews. After having my share of informational interviews I have learned a few things along the way. Here are my tips for informational interviews:

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Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientists: MySciCareer

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Last week I was reading Biochem Belle’s blog post, Changing Course, Part 3: Open exploration. This post was a continuation post and she shared how the myIDP tool helped her figure out where she wanted to go next in her career. After spending time on the myIDP tool she discovered, MySciCareer.com. Since I never heard MySciCareer I had to explore and decided this would be a be a great double Feature Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientist post. After all I enjoy finding new resources for scientists. Thank you Biochem Belle for sharing this resource and I look forward to reading more about your changing course series!

Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientists: MySciCareer:

MySciCareer was founded by two Mademoiselle Scientists that are biochemists, Eva Amsen and Lou Woodley. Eva is the Outreach Director at F1000 Research and Lou is currently a freelance community engagement specialist. Another cool thing about these Mademoiselle Scientists is that they are both bloggers and are big on science outreach. They both have lots of writing and blogging up their sleeve. Eva launched and ran the developmental biology blog, the Node, shares her musician side on her blog, MusiSci, and blogs on easternblog.net and The Finch and Pea. Lou founded and served as Managing Editor of BlueSci Magazine, If you want to see more of her, check out her blog, Social in Silico, where she integrates people, science and technology.

It’s great to see fellow Mademoiselle Scientists that are bloggers and collaborating. When I started Mademoiselle Scientist I only knew about a handful of women in STEM bloggers, now everyday my list is growing! If you know any blogs I should check out link them below in the comments section. I’m glad these Mademoiselle Scientists decided to come together to create MySciCareer Continue reading

My Winter Reading List II

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I hope you all are staying motivated and warm this winter. This Polar Vortex is insane. I like to keep my mind off the cold with a good book and some tea. This winter I want to read books that will motivate me and are career-focused.

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Advice I Wish My Younger Self Knew: STEM Edition

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Happy New Year! This time last year I talked about taking action. 2014 was a very busy year and I’m excited to see where 2015 takes me. I have many ideas and things coming up this year. I’m excited. After reading the #BLACKandSTEM major tweets roll call last week I was inspired to write this post. It was nice to see STEM career diversity. It’s time to share what we know. Let’s help each other!

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How to Have Fun Networking During Holiday Parties:

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‘Tis the season! Between decorations, good food and holiday parties this is the season to have some fun! You can count on holiday parties from now until January (maybe even February depending where you live). Relieve the stress from the fall and welcome winter with the fun festivities of holiday parties. Plus it’s a great time to network!

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Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientist: Dr. Amy Freeman:

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In my last Spotlight on Science post I talked about Dr. Greg Martin. For this Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientist post I will like to spotlight Dr. Amy Freeman.

Dr Amy Freeman

 

Photo Credit: AmyFreeman.net

Dr. Freeman is a writer, speaker, educator and Assistant Dean of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Washington State University, and both a Master of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and PhD in Workforce Education from the Pennsylvania State University. In addition she belongs to numerous organizations including: the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to name a few. She is a perfect example of a great role model for women in STEM.

The first time I met Dr. Freeman was at my first college fair. She told me about the opportunities at Penn State for students interested in STEM: Pre-First Year Science and Engineering Program and the Women in Engineering Program Orientation. A few years later I participated and both of those programs and they helped shaped me into who I am today. When you meet Dr. Freeman you can see the passion in her heart when it comes to STEM diversity. She overseas many diversity programs such as the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) and Women in Engineering Program (WEP) among other things. Not to mention she is a dynamic speaker. If you want to sample a bit of her energy check out her YouTube Channel.  Do you feel her energy?

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The ‘Power’ Nap

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It’s that time of year when it gets dark earlier. I like fall, but I can’t stand that it gets darker earlier. I find myself getting sleepy in the early evening. Not good. I know I’m not alone. We’ve all been there.

Let’s talk about how we can overcome this sluggish-lack-of-energy feeling by re-energizing with a ‘Power’ Nap. I like to take my ‘Power’ Nap after my ‘Power’ Hour depending on my schedule that day. ‘Power’ Naps are amazing because it’s just enough time to relax without falling into a deep sleep.

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Being a #BLACKandSTEM Woman Twitter Chat Reflection

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Remember when I said I was going to start getting involved in more twitter chats? So far I have been following #TWiV, #TWiGH, #ECRchat #PhDChat and #BLACKandSTEM chat. If you have any twitter chats I should check out let me know in the comment section.

On Thursday, October 30, I participated in a #BLACKandSTEM twitter chat hosted by @BLACKandSTEM. Every Thursday #BLACKandSTEM has twitter chats on various topics. Last Thursday’s topic was about being #BLACKandSTEM and a woman. When I heard about this topic I knew that I had to check it out.

Just in case you missed the #BLACKandSTEM chat click here to find out more information.

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