We know everyone is busy and there is a ton of information around the web that you may have missed. Luckily for you, we are here to the rescue! Every two weeks, we will be diligently combing through all the noise out there and highlighting stories about women and STEM from the web that we think you should know about.
By Sarah Smith
There is a growing emphasis placed today on women in technology. In the past, however, women faced stereotypes that prevented them from pursuing jobs in tech. The recent movie “Hidden Figures” is an eye-opener, showcasing early progress made by women of color working for NASA. The idea that black women had a big hand in pushing the use of computer programming has been hidden for too long. Films like these serve as an inspiration for people, women and minorities to engage in science and technology.
Since the US elections, many scientists are concerned that the state of science and scientific discovery will suffer, especially immigrant scientists like Dr. Huda Yahya Zoghbi (who recently received $3 million dollars for her Alzheimer’s research as part of the cohort of awardees for the Breakthrough Science Award!)
By Nicole Hellessey
This December a cohort of female scientists from around the world, 78 to be exact, will come together for a journey to Antarctica. The group will be promoting gender equality in science with the specific purpose of increasing women’s roles in combating climate change. As West Antarctica is one of the fastest warming areas on Earth, it provides the perfect backdrop for these women to raise awareness for an important topic.
Mattel is releasing a new Game Developer Barbie doll: with a silver headset, a laptop and some cool glasses. This comes after the controversy of last year where the Computer Engineer Barbie book showed Barbie needing to ask a boy to help her.
By Melissa Bendayan
Alexandra Elbakyan recently shook up the science world by creating Sci-Hub, the largest website for pirated academic papers. She created the website to allow everyone access to scientific journals that are behind a paywall. You can read about the grad student in the center of the conflict here.
By Danae Dodge
John Maddox Prize
Nominations are now open for the 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. Now in its fifth year, this unique international prize recognizes the work of an individual who promotes sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.
By Gabrielle-Ann Torre
I write this on what feels, to me, to be a monumental day for science: LIGO, a large-scale science experiment, announced the detection of gravitational waves between two black holes, while women in STEM were celebrated on the Inaugural International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Days like this are rare. As scientists, we accept that the fruits of our craft can be underappreciated, a tale of null results and wrong hypotheses. The story of LIGO and the celebration of women in STEM reminded me of an experience that shaped the way I approach research and showed me the importance of communicating our science.
Do you have an idea, invention, or creation that you want to share with the world? The Microsoft Patent Program was recently developed to support the next generation of amazing women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This program will provide women with the opportunity to develop their ideas, gain mentorship from a board of Microsoft women, and ultimately file for a U.S. patent.