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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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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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The Nature 10, and Where To Go From Here

Yesterday was a pretty big day for me. I was named as one of the Nature 10 for 2013, and one of my posts made it into the Best Online Science Writing of 2013 (AKA The Open Lab) – that’s three years in a row I’ve been in that anthology. I cannot thank you all [...]

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Punching Down, Doubling Down: Joe Hanson, PBS, and This Idea of Community

The actions of a few have exposed some major problems in the actions and thinking of many. The way the science communication community responds to crises, and the desire of some to prevent “scolding” or not “attack allies” has revictimized members of our community. This actually implicates the whole community as stifling progress and hurting [...]

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Canopy Meg Moving to Greener Pastures

You may know I’ve been paying some attention to the restructuring at the North Carolina Nature Research Center and how that has affected Dr. Meg Lowman, also known as Canopy Meg. So…Matt Shipman shared this story with me on my Facebook wall today: Top state museum scientist leaving Nature Research Center Go read the whole [...]

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Why #standingwithDNLee’s Orientation towards SciAm Was So Important

I’ve seen a number of tweets and blog comments over the last few days wondering – some nicely, some not so nicely – why so many of us reacted more strongly to Scientific American’s response to Dr. Danielle Lee’s post, rather than to Biology-Online’s worker’s comment about her being an “urban whore.” Here’s the short [...]

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This is not a post about discovering science

Re blog inquiry: @sciam is a publication for discovering science. The post was not appropriate for this area & was therefore removed. — Mariette DiChristina (@mdichristina) October 12, 2013 This is not a post about discovering science. This is not a post about discovering science. This is not a post about discovering science. This is [...]

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