Header by Rory Midhani
Hello lightning bugs! I moved all my belongings a couple hundred miles this past weekend, started a new job two days ago, and have been generally chaos muppeting around my new life. But don’t worry! I didn’t forget about you! Because this week I also collected a particularly excellent batch of stories for your reading enjoyment. Here they are.
Do Make Say Think
+ “Why did Ms.[Ridhi] Tariyal see a possibility that had eluded so many engineers before her? You might say she has an unfair advantage: her gender [as a cis woman].” The Tampon of The Future.
+ Well this is just the best: 77 women scientists are heading to Antarctica in the “Homeward Bound” expedition to study climate change, and Dr. Danielle Medek is knitting one penguin to represent and profile each.
+ @AcademicBatgirl is an academic superhero in two places where gender is a big deal: the Ivory Tower and the jungles of social media.
Can’t Hold Us Down
+ If we really want an ideas boom, we need more women at the top tiers of science.
+ “One guy, who meant well, told us that women just need to be patient. Well, yes, there’s a pipeline issue, but we found that there are also big issues with recruiting practices and retention. There’s unconscious bias; there’s blatant bias and harassment. If you’re not looking at all these things, you’re not going to solve the problem.” – Two super smart women talk about solving Silicon Valley’s gender problem.
+ Reporting harassment at MIT: One student’s call for greater support. Ugh what a broken system.
+ Do you like TED talks? Perhaps you’d like to revisit this one by Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection.
Say My Name, Say My Name
+ World-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid died early Thursday morning in Miami of a heart attack while hospitalized for bronchitis. Here’s a Slate review of her most groundbreaking work.
+ A spiritual successor to Aaron Swartz is angering publishers all over again; meet accused hacker and copyright infringer Alexandra Elbakyan. (How do you all feel about her opinions on ethics/capitalism? I keep going back and forth!)
+ Growing up in Mongolia’s Gobi desert, Tserennadmid (Nadia) Mijiddorj knew from a young age that she wanted to become a snow leopard conservationist. So she did it!
— Suzanne Pilaar Birch (@suzie_birch) April 1, 2016
Geekery Grab Bag
+ Who would win in a fight: Marie Curie or Charles Darwin? Sofía The Biologist Apprentice investigates by playing Science Kombat.
+ Conversations With A Theoretical Astrophysicist: Making Gravitational Waves. Badass! Inspiring! Really real and relatable!
+ What happens when an NAACP leader becomes a climate activist? Some really cool stuff.
+ And lastly, I think you’re really gonna enjoy this, I certainly did:
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.