Spreading WINGS: Building the next generation of non-profit leaders supporting women in science and exploration
By Lauren Koenig
Building the ‘Blox’ for Toy Store Freedom: Changing the conversation from intimidation to inspiration for girls in STEM
By Shreya Challa
By Vijendra Agarwal
Since 1901 to date, there are 935 Nobel Prize recipients, but only 52 are women. The proportion of Nobels awarded to women in the sciences (20/607 in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine; PCM) is more unequal than in other categories (32/328 in Economics, Peace, and Literature; EPL). This October, like any other, the world celebrated the addition of 8 science Nobel laureates (including 2 women), the highly acclaimed distinction accorded to individuals for making breakthroughs in their fields. This year, there was a welcome change when a Nobel was awarded to Donna Strickland, the first woman to receive the Nobel in physics for the first time since 1963, and Frances Arnold, the first woman to receive the Nobel in chemistry since 2009.
By Lauren Koenig
Amidst a flurry of business cards and networking at this year’s Scientista Symposium career fair, researcher Maomao Zhang connected with Calico Labs Head of Talent Matt Valentino and took the first step towards landing a dream job.
By Robbin Koenig
When you think of the famous faces and voices associated with science documentaries and TV programs, which celebrities come to mind? Wildlife lovers might volunteer Sir David Attenborough. Physics fans may put forth Neil DeGrasse Tyson or the stars from Mythbusters. While the face of science still heavily relies on male personas, there’s been a growing call for gender equality in filmmaking. That change is already starting to happen on the other side of the camera.
By Amy Massack
Susanne Lettner is the STEM ambassador for the Berlin based initiative MINT Zukunft schaffen (MINT is the German translation for STEM). She also serves as an ambassador for the Vienna based initiative Young Science, which is a Center for the Cooperation of Science and Schools. We talked with her about STEM education in Germany.
By Nektaria Riso
Growing up my parents could not care less about the type of clothing I wore and how I did my makeup or styled my hair. There were really only three major rules in my house: do well in school, don’t do drugs and no talking back. I pretty much was able to experiment with my clothes as much as I wanted to. I went through a goth phase (but hey who doesn’t), I wore cardigans exclusively for quite some time and then I refused to wear pants unless it was at least -30 degrees Celsius and even then, I had to really think about it. Through these fashion faux pas and disasters, I learned a valuable lesson and was able to figure out what I felt comfortable wearing and what I didn’t.
By Poornima Peiris
For many people, sharks and rays are regarded with fear, but for young marine biologist Melissa Marquez they inspire admiration, respect, and an entire career. Marquez raises awareness about chondrichthyans (the class to which sharks, skates, rays, chimaeras, and cartilaginous fish belong) through her foundation The Fins United Initiative. Marquez has a BA (Hons) degree in Marine Ecology and Conservation from the New College of Florida, USA and an MSc in Marine Biology from the Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
By Yolanda Lannquist
This article was originally published on Medium and reprinted with permission by the author.
Also published on The Future Society’s site: http://www.thefuturesociety.org/perspectives/
By Lidiya Angelova