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Context and Variation

Context and Variation

Human behavior, evolutionary medicine… and ladybusiness.

  • Striking out on my own

    By Kate Clancy | July 25, 2014 |

    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 time, despite the continuing presence of several great writers and staff members. […]

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  • Stag Parties: Awareness and Elegant Solutions

    By Kate Clancy | April 10, 2014 |

    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. […]

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

    By Kate Clancy | February 28, 2014 |

    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 Arrested: It’s Not a Zero-Sum Game The folks at #scio14 are having hushed conversation after hushed conversation about Bora and our community more broadly. […]

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  • Students Blog Evolutionary Medicine

    By Kate Clancy | February 27, 2014 |

    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 ). […]

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  • Link love

    By Kate Clancy | February 27, 2014 |

    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 archive of images of women breastfeeding   Teaching in higher education Teaching while black “My student’s performance of the sassy me was meant as a compliment and in a mode she wanted to emulate in spirit if not in style. […]

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  • AAAS Happenings: Ladyparts and Roller Derby Shenanigans

    By Kate Clancy | February 14, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Toxic or Just Tough?

    By Kate Clancy | January 31, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Welcome or Not Welcome: Off the Air Thoughts

    By Kate Clancy | January 29, 2014 |

    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 . […]

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

    By Kate Clancy | January 14, 2014 |

    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 survey and interview research project on the experiences of scientists at field sites. […]

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  • Women in Science: Welcome But Not Welcome

    By Kate Clancy | January 14, 2014 |

    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 Scientist]…. […]

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