I like to ask scientists and science students about their favorite science stories. I have to admit that sometimes I am greeted with blank faces, a fact that stings my science-communicator pride. I use the word “story” because the most compelling bits of scientific information are just that – there might not be a strong protagonist or a cackling witch, but the general narrative arc fits pretty well. Think, for example, about the story of the toxic newts and the super resistant snakes I shared a while back: like most stories there was action, drama, an unraveling mystery, an open ending, and a whole hell of a lot of toxins. Read More Science Stories in the Digital Age
Recently, I attended a workshop series that talked about how to be a more efficient and effective academic. It was not a waste of time, let me say that up front. These workshops can be really hit or miss and this one was mostly hit. It caused me to examine my worst procrastinating behavior ““ succumbing to distractions. Read More Women in Academia: What Are Distractions?
I’m pretty sure all of us have been told at one point or another, after taking down someone who perpetuates any one of a sea of -isms, “Don’t be so sensitive.” When I was a kid, that cowed me. I was afraid of being perceived as weak and hysterical (ah, internalized misogyny!), and as everyone well knows, sensitive is but one step down the dangerous path of unchecked (and feminine!) emotion. Read More Don’t Be So Sensitive: Derailing Important Conversations