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Women, Science and the Stage

Guest Post by Molly Freeman, Artistic Director of Smoking Apples Theater Company. Making theatre from scratch relies on unflinching determination, total belief in what you’re doing, and a good deal of perspiration. But before the lights, the sound, the characters, the plot, the script, the movement, the set, the costumes, the props, the stage itself […]

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The particle is the boy and the anti-particle the girl? Ridding physics analogies of heteronormativity

Guest post by Jeremy Bailin, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy,  University of Alabama! Let’s talk about matter/anti-matter annihilation in the early Universe. Okay, so that’s not normally what you’d expect in a GJS blog. There’s no relation between feminism or sexuality and particles interacting with anti-particles shortly after the Big Bang to turn into […]

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Since I’m made of particles, I’m a particle physics expert!

There are many things I’m an expert on.  Here is a list: Weather. Why? Because I have experienced weather for all the years of my life. Existence. Why? Because not only have I experienced weather for all the years of my life, I have also existed for all those years too. Gravity. Why? Because do […]

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The Transparency Project: Ten thoughts on being a female physicist/mathematician/computational scientist

1) Yup, that’s what I do (editor’s note: see title). I don’t like being pinned down into a single discipline/category/niche. That’s me in a nutshell, really. 2) My work is so much fun! I love solving problems, figuring things out, making data tell a story, discovering weird cool things, and knowing that everything around you […]

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A possible answer to the question ‘how is feminist science relevant to physics?’

In a recent post, Gap Junction Science discussed how Science is sometimes adjudicated by things other than its use of the scientific method, i.e., by how material its subject matter is, and how much material agency it has. In this way, Physics is often held up as the top of the Science hierarchy; other disciplines […]

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New Resource! A possible answer to the question ‘how is feminist science relevant to physics?’

Up now in the Resources Forum… When people ask ‘How is feminist science relevant to physics?’, here’s something to help you answer. Sharon Traweek’s “Cultural Differences in High-Energy Physics: Contrasts between Japan and the United States.”

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Does science have a font?

Back when the Higgs boson results from CERN were being reported, there was a major/minor tempest in a teapot about the font used by some scientists in their presentations. The discussion actually made it into New Scientist, and even the Guardian! And that font? Comic Sans. We could debate whether Comic Sans should ever be […]

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CHARMing in Physics Today: Why are his eyes trying to bore into our SOULS?

Every month or so, I end up perusing Physics Today (I’m not a physicist but I am around their magazines pretty often). I’ve been really impressed by their apparent commitment to diversity along racial/ethnic, gender, and sexuality lines. Which is why I was so surprised to see this advertisement, just yesterday, in the print edition. […]