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Archives for February, 2008

Mars Is Good For Women In Science!

Lab Lemming recently wrote to me: However bad the situation here on Earth gets, at least there is another planet in the solar system where women scientists and engineers can work and then directed me to this very heartening story on the Mars Exploration Rover tactical operations team. It seems that last Friday, every single…

Health Round-up From The Pharmboy

There’s been some quite lively blogging recently over at Abel Pharmboy’s pad. Of particular note was the live-blogged vasectomy: Anyway, as a medical blogger, I will try to liveblog the process from my Palm Treo 700p at the Hospital-That-Tobacco-Built. While I hope it will distract me and relieve some of my anxiety, I’d like to…

Skookumchick wants me to talk about renewal for the March Scientiae. I will try, though I’m sure this would be much easier for me if I had already undergone some form of said renewal. What do I find compelling about the work I do? What do I hope for? I would say I hope for…

Maybe you’ve been wondering just exactly how few women scientists and engineers there are in academia in the U.S. Or, to put it another way, maybe you’ve wondered just exactly how much men scientists and engineers are overrepresented in academia. There’s a new website that gathers and presents comprehensive data you can use to answer…

Alice’s Guide To Implicit Bias

Alice has a very good post over at On Being A Scientist And A Woman about resources on implicit bias, including some really nice stuff to help you counteract implicit bias in reviewing/hiring situations. Go read it!

It’s National Engineer’s Week!

Yes, February 17-23 is this year’s National Engineering Week! I’m a little late to the party, I know…I’ve been a little preoccupied. But today is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day! There are events going on all over the U.S. even as we blog. But you know, you can do your own IAGTE activity at…

Changing the Culture of Science in Japan

What happens when you speak up about gender inequity in Japan’s science culture? Why, you can expect to be accused of “tarnishing the reputation” of the university, that’s what. That’s what happened to biophysicist Mitiko Go when she spoke out about an instance of egregious sex discrimination. One Woman Is Not Enough, an editorial just…

Are You Feeling Like An Imposter?

If you are, you may want to read this article over at ScienceCareers. It’s very informative, with a link or two to some resources, and what’s even cooler, it features quotes from Mrs. Whatsit (named “Abigail” in the article) and Sciencewoman (named “Mary”)!!! Good stuff. p.s. hat tip to my Sciblings on the back channel…

Abel Pharmboy reports on inaccuracies in breast cancer websites: So it was no surprise to me and actually quite alarming to read a recent report suggesting that while only 1 in 20 breast cancer websites offer incorrect information, CAM-focused [CAM = complementary and alternative medicine] websites were 15 times more likely to contain inaccurate or…

If you find yourself in the condition of being unavoidably female, and you aren’t willing to undergo a sex change operation, then your best publication strategy may be to hide the XX affiliation. The title of a recent publication on this issue is self-explanatory: “Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors” by Budden, Tregenza,…