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Marie Stopes, Scottish scientist, educator and birth control advocate, was born in 1880

Amazing to see how much can change in 50 years. Though there is so much more to do, it's great to take a moment to reflect on the progress of , especially in research. Thanks for sharing the story of these 4 incredible women!

Difficult workforce statistic from the recent report into : two thirds of women have had their voices devalued, and one third of men have observed it happening. is real and is affecting retention

We know you're curious to see what else geologist Ashley is up to, and we share your sediments! Here she is at the Fargo Moorhead project taking soil samples.

Least to say this is my most favorite picture of the event! Powerhouse Of with founders of and one of our valued customers ❤️

meeting tomorrow—Wednesday, 10/16, in 17/339. Pizza and good company. Be there! And bring a friend or classmate!

Thrilled to see Lacey O'Brien named to 2020 Women of Distinction! 🌟🤩👏 She adds so much to our organization, including organization😉. Her project management skills are unmatched & her resourcefulness unparalleled. &, she serves with 💗. Congrats!

Yesterday, when I said that I couldn't ask for a better field site to examine the influence for modern fire on charcoal deposition in the Amazon, I was wrong: Introducing Lago São João.

Letter writing season so I thought I'd re-share this info-graphic to help avoid gender bias. RT widely!

Check out the awesome new poster - the first Aussie version! I even make a guest appearance! I promise I have an exemption to fly here :)

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It was a busy weekend in the KAWSE office! Two of our hosted a hands-on STEM activity at the K-State Science Fest in Wichita on Saturday. Interested in the KAWSE Ambassadors? Email us @ for info!

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In 2 hours! How many of your favorite games have playable female characters? How many have female creators? 🤔👩‍💻

IBRO-MENA Neuroscience School on Trauma, Stress, and Neurodegeneration

Nice group photo of the IBRO-MENA Neuroscience School on Trauma, Stress, and Neurodegeneration.

The school is being held right now until 8 October at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. Divided into two separate events, the students have completed a 3-day advanced school and are now attending a 2-day conference, advancing scientific exchange in the MENA region. 

Particular emphasis is being placed on promoting the professional advancement of women in neuroscience by boosting the number of female speakers at the conference to 50%. 

My Messy, Unproductive Studying Sanctuary.

This is where I am held up tonight. Typing, deleting, and retyping something about muon decay for a lab report that is not due until Friday. I’m not sure how I feel about this semester. I have finished seven weeks and done so much, but it feels like no time has passed at all. I feel trapped in a viscious inbetween place where I am close to graduate school, but have done nothing concrete to apply. I have started my upperlevel course work, which I feared I would fail or be crushed under the unfamiliar mathematics, but I have been doing better than I have ever done in previous semesters. 

It does feel nice to have a semester filled with Physics courses, but I still feel a bit lost as far as where my place is. I keep reminding myself that I can’t let research take over all of my time, but it’s easy to get sucked in. 

I was attempting to analyze data I did not collect for an abstract I am submitting later this month. I began in an organized way, but I quickly fell down a rabbit hole of wikipedia desperation. The truth is I am lacking in the deep foundational background necessary to form opinions on how my measurements relate to eachother when the material has never been published on before. It is exciting and fun to be on a project studying something so novel, but it can be mentally exhausting trying to keep myself up to pace. I will reach a point where I don’t understand why a certain interaction is happening, open a new tab to try and understand, and within that new tab I find something else I don’t completely understand. 

I feel unbalanced in trying to do legitimate science and understand what I am doing, while also not spending all of my time looking up background for a project I am barely getting a few class credits for. 

I feel uncertain for the future but by golly am I so grateful to be doing what I am. I often self reflect before sharing how I am feeling towards a particular problem because I never want it to come across as spoiled or ungrateful. A professor outside of my research was discussing my analysis with me and he quite simply stated “Sara this is graduate level work, stop discouraging yourself”. To which I almost laughed because it was so shocking to hear. I expect so much from myself, and forget to realize that what I am doing is nothing I am expected to already know. For now I am enjoying the process and trying to not be too hard on myself. 

Is any of this coherent? Doubtful, but I needed a quick brain dump so I can go on spending far too long writing this lab report. 

Podcast Plug!

I’m super late to the game on this, but Plant Money has a really good podcast episode called “Economics, Sexism, Data” (get it here).  It’s all about this undergrad student who looked into an anonymous economics job forum and how gendered the posters’ responses were.  It’s super interesting if you’re into research and economics.

It was also super interesting for more personal reasons.

Old school female engineers gave me a lot of advice like, “Don’t take everything personally” or “Let things slide.”  Also, “Learn golf,” but gross.  

Before I started talking to other female engineers, I thought this was just part of the job.  That sometimes your coworkers are going to be weird and gross.  You’re probably gonna get paid less.  You’re going to have to prove yourself time and time again, and every mistake takes you right back to the beginning.  That’s what you signed up for, right?  

But this generation is starting to take names.  We’re talking about it, openly.  Women, like Alice Wu in the episode, are creating quantifiable datasets that can’t be waved away as P.C. snowflake nonsense.  Whole countries are making the gender pay gap illegal.  In a fairly dark moment in modern history, I’m warmed by this conversation.  

When we silently ignore the problem in the hope it goes away, we enable it to become a bigger problem for someone else.  So let’s keep talking.