Women in science

A blog for and about women in the sciences

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In case anyone was wondering why I have been absent for over a week, I am back in Iowa visiting family and have no real internet access.  So, I’m still alive if you were worried :)

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An 'Ether Of Sexism' Doesn't Explain Gender Disparities In Science And Tech

Sure, studies have shown that “both male and female professors consistently rated otherwise identical applicants named Jennifer as slightly less competent than those named John”, but that totally isn’t rooted in sexism or anything, right Forbes? Sigh. I really wish Forbes was a satirical magazine, because it sure reads like one.  Not that you can expect much different from something run by a conservative think-tank.

 

Filed under women in science science stem forbes sexism gender

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casualstroll:

E. coli, watercolor on cheap dollar store construction paper.

Attempted art currently hanging in my office.  People tend to have this misconception that all scientists do is science (yes, science is now a verb because English - linguistics minor ftw).  So, here’s a challenge for all of my scientist/scientist-in-training followers out there: post something you do that isn’t science! An interest, a hobby, etc. (If you aren’t technically in the STEM fields, feel free to do it anyways!)   

casualstroll:

E. coli, watercolor on cheap dollar store construction paper.

Attempted art currently hanging in my office.  People tend to have this misconception that all scientists do is science (yes, science is now a verb because English - linguistics minor ftw).  So, here’s a challenge for all of my scientist/scientist-in-training followers out there: post something you do that isn’t science! An interest, a hobby, etc. (If you aren’t technically in the STEM fields, feel free to do it anyways!)   

Filed under science scientists women in science art interests hobbies call for submissions

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Research Aims to Create Versatile ‘Tapes’Porphyrin molecules are essential to many biological processes, such as photosynthesis and respiration. Wilhelm Auwärter’s group is investigating these all-round talents at Technische Universität München. Normally, hydrogen attaches to the outer edges of the porphyrin core – named porphin, but other chemical entities can take the place of hydrogen, thereby changing the properties of the molecules.Alissa Wiengarten, PhD student at the TUM Department of Physics, heats a porphin powder in a vacuum chamber. In the process, individual porphin molecules leave the collective and adhere to a silver surface, where they react with each other and assemble into small groups – all by themselves. Single molecules can desorb from the hot surface, while chains of two, three or more porphin units cannot. In this way the scientists were able to assemble chains of up to 90 porphin units.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/research-aims-create-versatile-%E2%80%98tapes%E2%80%99

laboratoryequipment:

Research Aims to Create Versatile ‘Tapes’

Porphyrin molecules are essential to many biological processes, such as photosynthesis and respiration. Wilhelm Auwärter’s group is investigating these all-round talents at Technische Universität München. Normally, hydrogen attaches to the outer edges of the porphyrin core – named porphin, but other chemical entities can take the place of hydrogen, thereby changing the properties of the molecules.

Alissa Wiengarten, PhD student at the TUM Department of Physics, heats a porphin powder in a vacuum chamber. In the process, individual porphin molecules leave the collective and adhere to a silver surface, where they react with each other and assemble into small groups – all by themselves. Single molecules can desorb from the hot surface, while chains of two, three or more porphin units cannot. In this way the scientists were able to assemble chains of up to 90 porphin units.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/research-aims-create-versatile-%E2%80%98tapes%E2%80%99

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Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut. 
Photo from the U.S. Navy

the person doing the christening is dr. tam o’shaughnessy, ride’s partner of 27 yrs. sally ride was not just the first woman and youngest person in space: she was also the first lesbian in space - likely, the first lgbtq person in space.

partysoft:

usagov:

Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut. 


Photo from the U.S. Navy

the person doing the christening is dr. tam o’shaughnessy, ride’s partner of 27 yrs. sally ride was not just the first woman and youngest person in space: she was also the first lesbian in space - likely, the first lgbtq person in space.

(via eternalacademic)

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Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani wins Fields Medal

scienceisbeauty:

Congrats! (Also, of course, for her fellow winners: Artur Avila, Manjul Bhargava and Martin Hairer)

Some extra info:

And a nice photo drawn from the Quantum Magazine article linked above:

(via eternalacademic)