Monthly Archive: September 2013

Are people evaluating your science or your gender? Could you ever know?

Are people evaluating your science or your gender? Could you ever know?

You’re not the only one who has wondered if those people were reacting to your gender or to your work. And you’re also not the only one who wishes you could scientifically test your hypothesis. Too bad that it’s impossible. Well, maybe not impossible. I mean, you could alter your...

Science and feminism: the holy grail for nasty comments?

Science and feminism: the holy grail for nasty comments?

Just recently, Popular Science shut off their comments in a move they report here. An interesting post came up on Scientific American about this, with a pretty hilarious graphic to start it off (including a great line: “I can science!”). It seems that comments on posts about, especially, climate change...

Of nodes, nubs, and shared projects. And cyborgs. And why being alone in your dept is hard, but being alone in a discipline is really hard.

Of nodes, nubs, and shared projects. And cyborgs. And why being alone in your dept is hard, but being alone in a discipline is really hard.

Though it’s decreasingly common, many women in science have had the experience of being the only woman in their department. Social networks have been and continue to be important ways of connecting those who are the only or amongst these few. These networks might take place at conferences, via societies,...

Woman + Advisor = Mama? Something’s funny about that math… And we’re not talking ‘haha funny.’

Woman + Advisor = Mama? Something’s funny about that math… And we’re not talking ‘haha funny.’

If you’re a scientist-who-is-a-woman (or another academic-who-is-a-woman), you may have experienced expectations from students to be motherly. And, if – or when – you’re not motherly to your supervisees, they may feel betrayed or angry, as people tend to when norms are broken. Because whether you are an actual mother...

The Transparency Project: When you’re a scientist with a baby. And a lab.

The Transparency Project: When you’re a scientist with a baby. And a lab.

You’ve gone through 9 months (more or less) of bodily changes; you’ve waited anxiously for the adoption forms to come in; you’ve gotten nervous, excited, sick, nauseous, overjoyed, down in the dumps, and bored; you’ve agonized over strollers; you’ve rubbed your partner’s feet; you’ve worried over finances… Before, you were...

Does science have a font?

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...

Philosophers Got Beards, Scientists Got Crazy Hair? Thinking Feminist Across Disciplines

Philosophers Got Beards, Scientists Got Crazy Hair? Thinking Feminist Across Disciplines

Here might be one thing we scientists have in common with us philosophers. As Sally Haslanger describes: people imagine philosophers as old men with beards. If you replace the beards with crazy hair a la Van de Graaff-generator, you’ve basically got a visual of how a number of people imagine...

It’s a Revolution! It’s a Lego Female Scientist! No… it’s a Female Scientist Lady Lab Technician?

It’s a Revolution! It’s a Lego Female Scientist! No… it’s a Female Scientist Lady Lab Technician?

Like many of you, I was kind of excited to see the news that there was a new Lego figure: a scientist who is a woman. On one hand, there has been some really thoughtful criticism of Lego on a number of fronts, including its specialized line for girls (sexist...