Movies reflect our lives and biases. Since the birth of the movie business, men are often represented as strong, decision-makers and women stand in as weak, secondary characters, unable to deal with anything other than supporting the lead. Even with the rise of the gender equality movement in the movies and its carryover into reality, inherent biases remain in which females that demonstrate intelligence and strength are viewed as more masculine.
Dame Jane Morris Goodall is the world’s most famous primatologist and conservationist. She dedicated her life to studying the nature of chimpanzees. Even though they are the closest living relatives to humans, chimps’ behaviour and biology weren’t being seriously investigated by scientists when Jane began her career. Her work brought to light the incredible world of chimps.
Scientific conferences are great for meeting interesting individuals in one’s field. These individuals may be well known Nobel Laureates, current or potential collaborators, patient advocates, your future Principal Investigator, or even your potential life partner! Even when conferences become routine, there is always something to find that makes it worthwhile to attend. At this year’s International Society for Stem Cell Research conference in Boston, I had the opportunity to connect with Samantha Yammine – first through Twitter and then at the conference itself – to discuss science communication. Samantha is in her final year of her PhD program, and an enthusiastic, passionate communicator of science to the public. In fact,it was her consistent, informative tweeting that led to my discovering Samantha among the 3000+ attendees!
Becoming an engineer is a promising future. The expected yearly salary is high and chances of finding a job is high, since there’s a high demand for engineers in the labor market. According to the prediction of The American Association of University Women, in less than 10 years, the United States will need 1.7 million more engineers and computing professionals!