I know the semester is done for most of you (academic types). The warm sunshine is seducing you and spring fever is bad, very bad. But I wanted you to know that May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The 16th Edition of the Diversity in Science Carnival will be hosted by the University of Washington SACNAS Student Chapter Blog. In fact, they hit the ground running Call for Submissions: Diversity in Science Carnival for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The UW SACNAS Blog has been a very active member of the Diversity in Science Carnival Community. Plus, I'm always excited to welcome fresh science blogging talent. Please stop by the blog and check out all of the amazing posts by the students. It's all great stuff. Perhaps it could inspire students from your institution to blog more. These students prove that blogging 'is a great tool for improved writing, comprehension and networking.

Details for the May Carnival celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

1. Write a post about an influential STEM professional or teacher (scientists, technologists, engineer or mathematician). Personal posts about someone you know or from your field of study are always great posts. You could also write about research or work done related to Asian-Pacific American culture.

“Asian-Pacific” refers to “all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

2. Host a guest post of a colleague or student from an Asian-Pacific American background. Guest posts are perfect ways to diversify your content and expand audiences.

3. Let us know about science and engineering blogs written by Asian-Pacific American individuals. MinorityPostdoc.org and the Diversity in Science Carnival loves to keep a list of he diverse STEM bloggers.

4. Submit you post to the official Diversity in Science Carnival Submission form. Deadline is Friday, May 25, 2012.


When the May carnival is announced be sure to check it out. Read the posts and leave comments letting authors know how much you enjoyed their work.

Hosts for upcoming carnivals are always appreciated.

June 2012: Pride Month

July 2012: Summer Break

August 2012: Disability Awareness (@BioInfoTools of Code for Life has signed up to host this topic)

September 2012: Latino Heritage Month

October 2012: The Importance of Allies

November 2012: Native American Heritage Month

If you are interested in hosting a month and/or proposing a carnival topic feel free to drop note in the comment section.

Happy writing.