What is the “Matilda Effect,” and How Can We Improve Recognition of Women Scientists?
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What is the “Matilda Effect,” and How Can We Improve Recognition of Women Scientists?

As a woman in science who has experienced significant success along with a few obvious gender-specific barriers during my career, I try hard not to view my professional world through the lens of gender bias. However, in honor of International Women’s Day today and Equal Pay Day approaching, it seems timely to write about an important issue … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Responsible Science Communication…
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Let’s Talk About Responsible Science Communication…

I am a TED enthusiast. TED is an organization that describes itself as a “nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.” Chances are you’ve seen a TED talk at some point – maybe Meg Jay‘s advice for 20-somethings or Bryan Stevenson’s talk about the issues in our criminal justice system? They … Continue reading

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Putting “Diversity, Innovation, Safety, and Communication” Front and Center in Scientific Research

There has been a recent upswing in promoting a “culture of safety” in academic chemistry departments and labs across the country.1,2 Industry labs have been heralding this as a much needed training element for chemistry students and are happily hiring graduates of the most progressive departments. It’s not as though chemistry departments didn’t care about … Continue reading

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To Label or Not To Label

I love a good dystopian novel where technology has gotten out of hand and changed some futuristic society into a place none of us would want to live – think Brave New World, 1984, Cat’s Cradle, or Oryx and Crake. I think these fictional stories are great thought experiments, revealing the importance of science done … Continue reading