Issue of June 24, 2016
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Elysse Voyer, & Heather Flewelling
This week's issues:
1. Meet Guest Blogger Heidi Jensen
From: Christina Richey via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
[Heidi B. Jensen is currently looking for opportunities that will lead her to a career in communicating and publicizing science. Heidi would like to use the skills she learned from her M.S. thesis research at SUNY Stony Brook University, specializing in aqueous geochemistry applied to the martian surface, to help the science community make a greater impact on the general public. Heidi is currently employed outside of science while she waits for her first scientific position after graduate school.]
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in the Hudson River Valley, about 75 miles north of New York City. I was curiously fascinated with and appreciative of the natural world around me and science provided me with explanations for the natural phenomena that had seems so mysterious and amazing.
To read more, please seeBack to top.
2. Physics Teaching for Social Justice
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]
The AAPT is offering a Webinar on "Physics Teaching for Social Justice" with Moses Rifkin, AAPT member and high school physics teacher.
Time: Jun 28, 2016 8:00 PM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Equity and social justice are themes in the news these days and yet very few of us physics teachers have training or experience in how to connect them to our work. In this webinar, we will explore what it means to teach for social justice and why it is crucially important in our classrooms, before moving into a discussion of what it can and could look like in our different classrooms.
Attendees will leave with a clearer sense of the relevance of social justice to physics teaching, some ideas to try next year, and a network of physics teachers with whom to continue this work afterwards.
Attendees of all experience and comfort levels are welcome!
To register, please visit:Back to top.
3. Women of the Future 2016 Nominations now open
From: Karen Masters [karen.masters_at_port.ac.uk]
The Women of the Future Awards are the platform for successful young women in Britain. These awards are aimed at unearthing and recognising the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. I was honoured to win the Science category of this award in 2014, and I am keen to encourage more engagement with the awards from women in STEM.
For more details on nominations and my tips on interesting categories please see:Back to top.
4. Videos of Women and People of Color in the Space Sciences
From: Bryan Mendez [bmendez_at_ssl.berkeley.edu]
I've begun a project collecting video interviews with space scientists who are underrepresented minorities in the field. The idea would be to use these videos in a few different venues:
1) For NASA, I'd be producing short videos that highlight successful women and people of color in space science for use in outreach products. One example would be the Women@NASA website http://women.nasa.gov. These have a very upbeat sensibility; they are about showcasing successful women and minorities as role models for young people.
2) The second is a documentary film project that I am leading, where the theme is more about asking why is space science so lacking in gender and ethnic/racial diversity and exploring ideas for improving it. You can see my trailer for the film (still in production) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BpH7oKSZPY
If you are interested in being interviewed for the project, please contact me at Bryan Mendez [bmendez_at_ssl.berkeley.edu]. I'd like to get as many stories and perspectives for this project as possible.
There's also a crowdfunding campaign, contact me to learn more.Back to top.
5. Putting a Spotlight on Diversity in Tech Burnout
From: Daryl Haggard via Equity and Inclusion in Physics and Astronomy
The past several years have marked a new era of tech activism, with notable gains: the release of diversity data from major tech companies, widespread code of conduct implementation, and the start of many new initiatives, from those focused on trans people in software [Hypatia Software Organization, Trans*H4CK, TransTech Social] to Black technologists [Revision Path, PoC in Tech, Good for POC], to women of color across the industry [#WoCinTech Chat, digitalundivided, Black Girls Code], and many other groups.
The vast majority of this activism is being led by underrepresented people -- some working at tech companies, some starting their own, and many working outside of traditional structures as independent activists or as part of new collectives. In addition to managing the daily toll of existing as a marginalized person in technology, they are also taking on the challenging, taxing and often thankless work of culture change... and it doesn’t come without a cost. Diversity in tech work is having a profound, negative impact on advocates' happiness, mental and physical health and work/life balance, as well as their safety, relationships, careers and security.
To read more, please seeBack to top.
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