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International Women’s Day 2016: Link Roundup

[Updated March 9th to add the @IAmSciComm list of women science communicators] Today was International Women’s Day, a day we celebrate the achievements of women around the globe. Obviously my personal focus is on women in science and academia, and I ran across a lot of interesting stuff on the web today. I thought I’d…

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The Perils of Writing About Women in Science

Writing about women in science is a tricky business. While you want to champion their contributions across a range of research fields, you also don’t want to single them out as mere “symbols” of women in science. The suggestion is that the term “woman in science” is unnecessary – that women are scientists on par…

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Cut, Sew, Press: A Meditation on Quilting

Yesterday after my daily dog walk in the woods (always on the lookout for bears and cougars), I considered doing some writing, quilting, or photography. But I was paralyzed by what’s become an almost constant mental refrain: what’s the point? At least with walking the point is obvious: to keep fit, to exercise yourself and…

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Rural Drinking Water Challenges

When you live in the city it’s easy to ignore the complications of getting good drinking water. All you have to do is turn on the tap and the treated water comes flowing out. Though there’s the odd city resident who feels that municipal water treatment—fluoridation in particular—is damaging to their health, they don’t realize…