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STEM Events for Week of January 13, 2014


STEM-calendarSTEM events for Women happening this week of January 13, 2014…

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20 Fascinating Lady Scientists to Follow on Twitter #FF


scienceladySCIENCE!!! Ok, seriously — science is awesome and so are these lady scientists.  Follow them to see what they’re doing day-to-day and wow! it’s pretty cool.  You can follow us @LadyParagons, and see all our Twitter lists too. SCIENCE!!!

  1. Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) — NASA Astronaut. Recent resident of the International Space Station. Now happy at home.
  2. Hadiza Mohammed (@w_rock_science) — Founder of Women Rock Science. Black Girl In STEM. Smashing the Patriarchy. Hilary Clinton Fanclub. Empowerment. Real Talk
  3. The Grumpy Chemist (@Chemistry_Kat) — Mostly grumpy. Tweets about life with #realtimechem and cats. Has no idea what’s going on.
  4. Winter-Esther Okoth (@WinterOkoth) — Founder @PMentorship | Biomed Researcher Mayo Clinic | HEA Associate |Entrepreneurial Leader | Women in STEM Empowermnt EndMalaria, Health,Youth, Peace Advocate
  5. Laura Trouille (@WindyCityAstro) — ex-Roller Derbier turned full contact astronomer (split between galaxy research and K12 computational STEM education research) at NU & The Adler Planetarium.
  6. Dr Heather Williams (@alrightPET) — Senior Medical Physicist @CMFTNHS Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) specialist; STEM ambassador; Mum; @Science_Grrl Director.
  7. Anne Glover (@EU_ScienceChief) — I am Chief Scientific Adviser to José Manuel Barroso, President of @EU_Commission. I am going to tweet about fascinating science going on in Europe
  8. Julianne Dalcanton (@dalcantonJD) — Astrophysicist at the University of Washington. Principal Investigator of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT).
  9. Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) — Samantha Cristoforetti. ESA astronaut. Italian Air Force officer. Looking forward to riding a Soyuz rocket to ISS in Nov. 2014 as part of Exp. 42/43. #Futura
  10. Indra Petersons (@IndraPetersons) — #CNN #CBM #Meteorologist. #Travel Junkie. Tomboy at heart. True #weather #nerd: B.S. Atmospheric Physics. Minors: #Math, #Physics & #Business
  11. Dr Suze Kundu (@FunSizeSuze) — Doctor of Materials Science. Nano-chemist literally and professionally. Artificial photosynthesiser. Science communicator. Love dancing, live music, Muse, shoes
  12. Keri Bean (@PlanetaryKeri) — #TAMU c/o ’10 & ’13 in meteorology. Working @NASAJPL as @NASA_Dawn science planner! Former meteorologist on @MarsCuriosity and @MarsPhoenix. Tweets are my own.
  13. Prof Alice Roberts (@DrAliceRoberts) — Professor of Public Engagement in Science at University of Birmingham; Physical anthropologist, author, and science presenter
  14. Suzanne Pilaar Birch (@suzie_birch) — Archaeologist & postdoc @ Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World, Brown University. Tweets: archaeology, OA, higher ed, women in science.
  15. Lisa Randall (@lirarandall) — Physicist, Author of Warped Passages, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Higgs Discovery
  16. Athene Donald (@AtheneDonald) — Physics Professor Cambridge, researching interface with biology; University gender equality champion; Master-elect @ChurchillCol;
  17. Lucie Green (@Dr_Lucie) — Royal Society University Research Fellow staring at the Sun and beyond. Based at UCL
  18. Jeanne Garbarino (@JeanneGarb) — Scientist turned Director of Science Outreach at @RockefellerUniv. I break vegetarian for pulled pork. Long live the Oxford comma.
  19. Dorothy Bishop (@deevybee) — Professor of developmental neuropsychology. Blog on
  20. Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) — Assistant Professor at the University of Maine. Conservation paleoecologist using the natural experiments of the past to understand a warming world.

Know of a lady scientist we should be following? Please share in the comments!

Engineer Ascends as GM’s First Female CEO

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General Motors, the giant in the male-dominated auto industry, just named it’s first female CEO, who also happens to be an engineer. Mary Barra is currently the executive vice president of global product development has been with the automaker for 33 years. She has an electrical engineering degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Stanford and has held a variety of roles in engineering and assembly. Ms. Barra is taking on the top role as current CEO, Dan Akerson, leaves the companies to spend time with his wife who is suffering from advanced stage cancer.

Ms. Barra started at GM at the age of 18 to help pay tuition for her electrical engineering degree.  She has told Forbes that “being a car gal rather than a car guy has never stood in her way. It’s about no-kidding results.”  Her focus in her current position has been to build at least 500,000 vehicles with some sort of electrification (including hybrids).

It’s good to see an engineer (who happens to be female) in the top spot of a company that’s in an industry that’s historically been very male-dominated.

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STEM Events for Week of December 9, 2013


STEM-calendarHere’s some of the STEM Events happening this week:

All Week

Monday, December 9

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Friday, December 13

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If you have an event you’d like us to add, please submit it.

Some Interesting Lady Engineers to Follow on Twitter #FF


engineeringladyWe’ve been trying to follow as many ladies in STEM fields as we can, creating Twitter lists by field. One of the most amazing experiences of the past couple of weeks, was watching live tweets of ladies who were involved with the launch of NASA’s Maven project to Mars. Following women in STEM careers is a great way to get an idea of what types of things they work on day-to-day, as well as a way to build connections and learn. You can follow us @LadyParagons, and see all our Twitter lists. Continue Reading →

Tynker to Teach Kids to Code


PrintKids are creative and they love technology.  Seeing what my daughter can do with Legos and Minecraft proves that Kids love to build. Coding is another way to build, and if it’s simplified and made fun, kids can, not only do it, but also enjoy it.

Tynker is a browser-based program to help kids understand the logic behind computer programming.  It works by giving them a syntax driven system of building blocks that they can use to create games, stories, animations and other creations.

The Maker Mom has a good review of Tynker and a chance to win a version.

As a computer engineer, I think computer science education is missing from our schools.  Many assume that because kids can use technology, they somehow know how to understand, leverage and build with technology. As computers become more and more a part of our everyday lives, we need more people with the training to make technology work for us.  Even if people are in fields outside of computer science, learning to think programmatically can help anyone solve problems more efficiently. I’d like to see more of these types of programs be accessible as part of public education funding.

Do you have a favorite way to teach kids to code?


#GivingTuesday for STEM


givingtuesday#GivingTuesday is upon us.  Help support the work that women do in STEM fields by giving to organizations that support them.  Here are links to #GivingTuesday partners by field:

Obviously there is quite a bit of crossover and many of the organizations support all STEM fields.

A special shout-out to The Wistar Institute, where our co-founder, Dr. Marie Webster works on cancer research: