Some of women in science-related blog posts and articles I've been reading the past few weeks, but never got around to blogging:
Life as a Woman Scientist
There have been a bunch of interesting posts at the Praxis "academic life" blog carnival. Both Praxis #4 at The Lay Scientist and Praxis #5 at Effortless Incitement include links discussing women in science.
Several recent posts at Inside Higher Ed's Mama, PhD blog have generated a lively blog discussion.
- Libby Gruner @ Mama PhD: Mothering at Mid-Career: Climbing the Lattice
- Tedra Osell @ Mama PhD: Career Coach: Riding the Waves
- Geeky Mom: Ladders, lattices, mothering and all that shit
- 11D: Professor Mom
- Professing Mama: Only the Lonely
- Profgrrrrl: perfect timing for motherhood?
- Libby Gruner @ Mama PhD: Mothering at Mid-Career: More work on weaving the lattice
Bios and Awards
FGJ at the Feministing Community lists women in math and science she looks up to, and asks commenters to talk about their own favorite women scientists.
Ellen Kullman was named CEO of chemical giant DuPont. She is the first woman to lead a major public US chemical firm (via Jenn at Fairer Science).
The November HHMI Bulletin profiles biochemist Judith Kimble
The New York Times interviewed Renee Reijo Pera, professor of obstetrics and gynechology and director of Stanford's Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education
Draw-A-Scientist Test: from seventh graders visiting Fermilab to adults in New York City's Madison Square Park, scientists are white and male.
Vince LiCata: "When Britney Spears Comes to My Lab"
In case you missed last month's discussion about women scientists, femininity and the double standard, you should read these posts and their comments:
- Dr. Isis at On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess: On the need for women to defend women
- Zuska at Thus Spake Zuska: The Proper Way to Be a Woman in Science
- Janet at Adventures in Ethics and Science: Women, scientists, and ordinary human beings
ScienceWoman has a list of ways to recruit women and minorities in a faculty search, and opens the comments to suggestions.
DrugMonkey rounds up the posts on the latest lack-of-gender-diversity-in-science discussion to make the blog rounds. There are also comments on those post, lots and lots of comments.
New York Times: What has driven women out of computer science?
Jenn @ FairerScience: Women and the Video Game Industry
FemaleScienceProfessor: Scientifiques avec Quelques Frontiéres (conference literature translated from French that states scientists are men), More Diverse Award Issues,
Mind Hacks: Shaking the foundations of the hidden bias test
Ilyka at Off Our Pedestals: Gosh, you ladies sure are touchy about Larry Summers! Or: Still assy after all these years
Feministing: The under-representation of female cardiologists
Fictional Women in STEM
The LA Times looked at the appeal of the characters on NCIS, including Pauley Perrette as forensic specialist Abby Sciuto. Perrett was working on her master's degree in criminal science when she decided to become a full-time actor.
Jessica Alba is currently filming An Invisible Sign of My Own:The film is a coming-of-age drama based on Aimee Bender's quirky novel about a 20-year-old loner named Mona Gray (Alba) who as a child turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Gray now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises.
In Frank Miller's movie adaptation of The Spirit, the character of Silken Floss has been "demoted" from nuclear physicist/surgeon to secretary. The original version too threatening perhaps? Hopefully she won't spend the whole movie pining for her boss.
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