By Poornima Peiris
On April 8th & 9th Scientistas from across the country gathered for the annual symposium at the Microsoft Office in Times Square, New York City. The symposium was attended by more than 100 undergraduate and graduate scientistas in various STEM disciplines. The two-day event included a poster competition, workshops, a career fair and the opportunity for attendees to network with other driven and motivated individuals in STEM careers.
By Indulekha Karunakaran
Confident, creative and risk taking- this unique blend of terrific traits make Apoorva Mandavilli a true leader. After all, ‘Apoorva’ in Sanskrit means ‘unique’ and she has stayed true to the meaning of her name throughout her successful career spanning 20 years. During this time, she has juggled various roles- journalist and editor, award winning science writer, professor, and mother of 2 children. Ask her the recipe for success and you’ll receive the reply- “Do what you love to do rather than what you are supposed to do”.
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.
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.
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