October 20, 2014


micdotcom:

Powerful portraits of the Liberians who beat Ebola 

To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.

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October 19, 2014


eerie-boy:

Jeff Mangum | I Will Bury You In Time | Live At Jittery Joe’s

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October 18, 2014


October 17, 2014


My handwriting has not improved.

My handwriting has not improved.

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In a male-supremacist society, female power must logically appear illogical, mysterious, intimate, threatening. “Witch” stands for all those unnamable shadow acts of disappearance and withdrawal, self-cultivation, and self-medication that elude the social and sexual order

Editors’ Note: Witches (via 2cc48a)

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pamphlets from the understanding the atom series (1964-1968 eds.)

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shout out to the girls with their faces pressed on van windows, you made a half hour of traffic a giggle fest today

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October 16, 2014


What we must do is acknowledge our inner biases and make sure we try our best to avoid them. Maybe then it will become possible for bright young women to move forward in STEM careers as easily as the men do, making discoveries, improving our lives, changing our preconceptions and reducing our unconscious biases.

This year’s STEMinism keynote speaker Professor Meg Urry, quoted in Why Bias Holds Women Back

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Heard a talk a few weeks ago about the lack of LGBT+ inclusiveness in Physics academic departments, and I think it goes hand-in-hand with the lack of female representation as well. A big part of the lack of female/LGBT representation in students and faculty especially is that people who believe themselves to be scientists, mathematicians and the like view themselves as entirely without bias. It’s a virtue in the scientific community to go on facts alone, to write an absolutely objective and cards-on-the-table error-analyzed paper. All these older, mostly white men in the academic departments that I’ve seen would probably claim to be inclusive and equal opportunity, but will not recognize culture-created biases against the intelligence of women or the acceptance of LGBT+ folks into a department/peer group. 

I think, like this article mentions, inclusiveness in faculties is a major step in creating STEM majors that are female/minority/LGBT students, knowing that someone generally like them is also succeeding in a field. I mean it’s easy for me to fit in because I look like every physics department. I went to tour dartmouth as a high schooler, and my hair was a little mussy, hadn’t shaved in a few days, had shades on top of my head, and an old plaid shirt on. The professor we met with was about 65, and his hair was a little mussy, he had glasses on top of his head, he hadn’t shaved in a few days, and an old oxford shirt on. It was a little uncanny how well a dude like me fit in. I couldn’t even imagine what it would feel like to be a young woman of color in an academic setting, god forbid needing a little extra help getting some concepts for fear of perpetuating stereotypes. This is a thing I’m already starting to see as a lab TA. 

There’s been some movement towards gay inclusiveness, as the number of openly gay grad students that I know personally in physics is approaching the national average (granted, in generally progressive schools), but still the field is male and white dominated, at embarrassingly disproportionate levels.

The question that I would ask, and is perhaps the most direct motivator for the old guard, is “What types of talent and different approaches are we missing out on by the de facto exclusion of women, people of color, and the LGBT+ community?” 

At Fordham, they would bring in prospective hires to give talks to the students and to do a meet and greet after so the students had a bit of a say in new faculty. Last year, they had two men (one seriously considered) and one woman. We talked to one of the older european professors and mentioned that the department was all-male, and it might be a good in itself if the woman were hired, for above-mentioned reasons, even if he liked the topics of the males a little better. The teacher argued on grounds that she should not be hired simply because she is a woman, but on the merits of her publications and continued work. The department was at the time and remains entirely male, with the exception of the widely-beloved secretary. 

I do think this is a real issue, and as I engage with academia I’ll try to assert a better awareness bias and equality, to do what I can, while I can.

Girls can do lasers too. 

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master-of-duct-tape:

I’m so glad I took a look inside your showroom doors

I realized this years ago, that my “I’m having a good day” pace totally matches this song. I bombed a quantum mechanics exam today and then just kind of walked around listening to this song to brush it off. 

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he's saying things about cars but really sex

Never ask permission to do what it is you want to do. Just make the stuff that you think is the best you can do, and hope that it resonates with people. And when they come back and ask you to do something, say yes.

John Hodgman (via jessethorn)

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