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    Kate Clancy Dr. Kate Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolutionary medicine of women’s reproductive physiology, and blogs about her field, the evolution of human behavior and issues for women in science. Find her comment policy here. Follow on Twitter @KateClancy.
  • Striking out on my own

    This post is many months in coming, yet I know I will not be able to give it the kind of attention I would like. I am leaving Scientific American.  There is no mystery to the reasons. SciAm hasn’t felt like the kind of space I’ve wanted to be a part of for quite some [...]

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    Stag Parties: Awareness and Elegant Solutions

    Kiddo spills her milk. We lock eyes, and she dissolves in a puddle of sadness, crying about how it’s all her fault and she feels SO BAD. “Kiddo, honey, it’s really okay. Let’s get a towel and wipe it up together.” But she can’t stop crying. I comfort her for a while, being patient with [...]

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    If You Want Normative Reporting, Reporting Needs to be Independent and Anonymous

    Please forgive me for the quickie posts this week. I have bigger ones planned for the next two weeks. I don’t have time to fully unpack this, but I think the Science Online community could stand to read this article (and the associated links therein that tell the backstory): On Prosecutors Having Survivors of Assault [...]

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    Students Blog Evolutionary Medicine

    Just wanted to draw your attention to this year’s student-run class blog for my Evolutionary Medicine class here at the University of Illinois. I am using the same assignment and rubric as last year, which is modified version of Mark Sample’s blog assignment at Profhacker (I wrote about this last year here). Check it out [...]

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    Link love

    It’s been a while since I shared what I’ve been reading. Here are a bunch of things that have made me think, or helped me think, in the last few months.   Normalizing the existence of women and the work they do Here is an archive of images of women doing science Here is an [...]

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    AAAS Happenings: Ladyparts and Roller Derby Shenanigans

    I’m attending the AAAS Meetings in Chicago this year in both my capacities as a scientist: as someone who does reproductive physiology research and as a science communicator. And it all happens tomorrow! Check out the press briefing today for the Building Babies session. Katie Hinde is the symposium organizer, and fellow session speakers are [...]

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    Toxic or Just Tough?

    I’m working against too many deadlines as usual and am unable to write a long blog post. But I was pretty troubled by this piece in The Nation the other day… troubled because the hard work and brilliant insights of black women I respected were being turned into something far more sinister. Suddenly white women [...]

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    Welcome or Not Welcome: Off the Air Thoughts

    I was asked to be a guest on a local NPR affiliate show today with Amanda Hess (in a previously recorded interview) and Emily Graslie (with me in the second half). Each of us has had things to say recently about women… women and online harassment, women in science communication, women and tokenism. As the [...]

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    The Edge’s Annual Question: The Way We Produce and Advance Science

    This year, I was invited to contribute to the Edge Foundation’s Annual Question. Other contributor include Helen Fisher, Irene Pepperberg, Alan Alda, Nina Jablonski, Jay Rosen, and, well 150 others: http://www.edge.org/responses/what-scientific-idea-is-ready-for-retirement The question was, “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?” My contribution: The Way We Produce And Advance Science Last year, I spearheaded a [...]

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    Women in Science: Welcome But Not Welcome

    A few months ago, I received the following email from one of the leaders of a Cool Science Thing. We’ll call him Dude from Cool Science Thing (DCST). What follows is the email from him, modified only to preserve anonymity. It read: Dear Kate, I am writing to you at the urging of [Prominent Female [...]

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