Notes From A Queer Engineer: Lady Scientists, Yelling Whales, and More

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Header by Rory Midhani

Feature image via MIT fan film about Riri Williams, linked below.

Hey do you want to read a bunch of lists about women in STEM? Good news! It was just International Women’s Day and everyone had the same idea! Super into it.

Lady Scientists

These Black Female Mathematicians Should Be Stars in the Blockbusters of Tomorrow

12 incredible women you’ve never heard of who changed science forever (probably you’ve heard of one or two of them, though)

+ 9 female nature writers who will inspire you to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet

12 unstoppable women who are making tech a better place for everyone

Historic England and The Royal Society mapped 28 pioneering women scientists and places associated with them

15 Women Leading in European Biotech

+ Um this is awesome: The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Woman


Nature posted about women scientists being attacked on social media

EPA environmental justice leader resigns, amid White House plans to dismantle program

Scott Pruitt is an idiot

NASA’s new budget is big on other worlds but ignores our own. I’m kind of torn on how I feel about this. Maybe because my expectations for this administration are so low, I wasn’t even sure they’d allow space research to continue?

Geekery Grab Bag

Why Whales Leap Into the Air: “After hundreds of hours of observations, we now know it’s true: breaching humpback whales are yelling.”

The Roosevelt Tree Army poisoning

NASA: Six Things You Don’t Know About Snow

California is making a whole lot of solar power

+ What is uranium? Trump apparently doesn’t know, but you can/should

+ Check out this fan film MIT students made about Riri Williams, the new Iron Man:

Can’t Hold Us Down

Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes

Rachel Carson’s Brave and Prescient 1953 Letter Against the Government’s Assault on Science and Nature

+ Here’s an annotated list of important recent studies on Gender Bias in Academe

It’s time to change the face of psychology

+ Nikola Tesla on gender equality:

This struggle of the human female toward sex equality will end in a new sex order, with the female as superior. The modern woman, who anticipates in merely superficial phenomena the advancement of her sex, is but a surface symptom of something deeper and more potent fermenting in the bosom of the race.

Same, bro.

Do Make Say Think

Tutorial Tuesday: What 3D Design Software Should I Use?

+ Official March For Science fundraising merch is now available

Notes From A Queer Engineer is a recurring column with an expected periodicity of 14 days. The subject matter may not be explicitly queer, but the industrial engineer writing it sure is. This is a peek at the notes she’s been doodling in the margins.

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Laura Mandanas

Laura Mandanas is a Filipina American living in Boston. By day, she works as an industrial engineer. By night, she is beautiful and terrible as the morn, treacherous as the seas, stronger than the foundations of the Earth. All shall love her and despair. Follow her: @LauraMWrites.

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  1. 12 incredible women you’ve never heard of who changed science forever => Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012) was the first Nobel Prize winner to reach the age of 100″, and also classy af.

  2. On the NASA article:

    Why do I get the impression that Agent Orange is only interested in Mars so that his company can get the first dibs on Martian real estate?

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