Happy Wednesday, ladybirds! Early voting started last week in Massachusetts and I wasn’t able to participate because I was traveling all week to visit a factory. But I went immediately after work on Monday and voted in my undead Han Solo costume, and it is the best thing I’ve done in a while. If you have the option, I highly recommend it! I feel awesome! If not, don’t worry, this godforsaken election will be over by the next time this column comes out. Here are some links to make you feel better in the meantime.
Can’t Hold Us Down
+ “If You See/Hear Something, Say Something” – Dr Buddhini Samarasinghe reflects on inclusivity in STEM and how communities call out bad practice
+ Gender, Equity and Inclusion: a Cosmic Perspective by Prof. Bryan Gaensler, a man who apparently really get it!
+ Some truly inspirational women in STEM spoke at the TedWomen conference this year, including Anela Arifi and Ilda Ismaili, who are researching chicken feathers and chicken fat as potential sources of alternative energy.
+ Also, though, a nursing mother was kicked out of the conference for bringing her baby :/
Geekery Grab Bag
+ Don’t use garlic to treat vaginal yeast infections (because Clostridium botulinum)
+ Susan Maury has some interesting information for you about singing to babies
+ Ladybirds are invading the UK and it’s like, pretty chill, pretty zen to watch:
+ Raising Horizons: Discovering Dragons – Mary Anning and Dr Lorna Steele, pioneering women in science
+ Interview with Jill Tarter, co-founder of the SETI Institute whose real-life exploits were the inspiration for Contact:
Last year, as president of the California Academy of Sciences, I held a summit of women in science. It was an opportunity to be in the company of women, rather than one of a token number of women in a big crowd of men, and I was overwhelmed by the caliber of these women from across the spectrum in science, technology, engineering and math. In general, they aren’t just bubbling to the top. They’ve actually been there long enough to fight into the ranks of whatever you call echelon positions.
Do Make Say Think
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.