Today we had a lively discussion with Lynn Sherr about her outstanding biography, “Sally Ride : America’s First Woman in Space”. We talked quite a bit about the sexist barriers that Sally (and Lynn Sherr, herself) help to break down in the early 1980s, listened to stories, and tried to understand what a different time it was when Sally joined NASA in 1978, and what a different place the USA was back then.
This article originally appeared at ravishly.com on July 17, 2014, who asked me to contribute.
So many articles about women in STEM are quite long because the issues faced are complex and multifactorial, so I took a unique approach be encapsulating the topic in 11 variations on the STEM acronym.
“STEM” usually stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—but sometimes it represents several roadblocks to those fields.
Here are some alternate STEM acronyms preventing women from finding success in science and technology.
5 years ago • Blog, Engineering, Science, STEM, Video, Women in STEM • Tags: CERN, documentary, Google Hangout on Air, interview, Joanne Manaster, LHC, Monica Dunford, movie, Particle Fever, particle physics, physics, STEM, video, Women in STEM
Marketing and public relations aren’t our usual subjects on “Read Science!”, but today they very much WERE rocket science, when we talked about the new book “Marketing the Moon : The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program”, with its authors, David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek.
5 years ago • Books, Read Science!, Space, Space Read Science!, Video • Tags: Apollo Lunar Program, Apollo missions, David Meerman Scott, Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Marketing the Moon, Read Science!, Richard Jurek, video
Joanne and Jeff had a lively discussion centered on what dogs, bunnies, and squirrels have to do with general relativity and quantum mechanics, with our guest Chad Orzel, author of “How to Teach Physics to Your Dog” and “How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog”.
5 years ago • Read Science!, Video • Tags: Chad Orzel, Eureka!, Google Hangout on Air, How to teach Physics to Your Dog, How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Read Science!, video
The National Science Teachers Association and Joanne Manaster (STEM advocate, and Scientific American blogger) proudly Present the 2014 NSTA STEM Forum and Expo Keynote Speaker Ainissa Ramirez in a Google Hangout on Air.
Ainissa Ramirez, materials scientists, STEM advocate and author joined me for an enjoyable Google Hangout on Air to talk about inspiring kids for STEM and how science teachers can help!
5 years ago • Engineering, Science, STEM, Video, Women in STEM • Tags: Ainissa Ramirez, Engineering, Google Hangout on Air, Joanne Manaster, Material Marvels, material science, Newton's Football, NSTA, science, Science Xplained, video, Women in STEM
Zoonoses, or infectious diseases that can pass from animals to humans, are commonplace and a danger to public health; the list of zoonotic diseases includes Ebola, influenza, SARS, MARS, HIV to name only a few.
They are also the subject of David Quammen’s book “Spillover : Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic”, and the series of short videos produced by The Weather Channel, called “The Virus Hunters”.
In this episode we talked with paleontologist, author, and television presenter Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish : A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body”; and scientific illustrator Kalliopi Monoyios, who illustrated “Your Inner Fish”. We talked about the discovery of the Tiktaalik fossil by Shubin’s team (and saw a neat cast of its skull), most every scientific discipline you can think of an how they’re related, and the importance of art in science and science communication. We probably mentioned teeth, too, because who can talk about fossils without mentioning teeth?
5 years ago • Read Science!, Video • Tags: Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Kalliopi Monoyoios, Neil Shubin, Read Science!, science illustration, Tiktaalik, video, Your Inner Fish
This article was originally posted at my Scientific American blog.
Visit theperfect46.com, and it looks like any business web page. The Perfect 46 purports to be a company that uses the power of genomics, the information stored in the entirety of your DNA–your genome–to determine if you are with “the one” for you. This is not about your perfect romantic match, but rather the perfect genetic match that ensures your offspring will be free from known genetically heritable diseases.
5 years ago • psivid, Science, Video • Tags: Brett Ryan Bonowicz, eugenics, GATTACA, genomics, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Kevin Davies, Misha Angrist, movie, Newport Beach Film Festival, Pew survey, Read Science!, Sci-Fi London Film Festival, science, Scientific American, SOHO Film Festival, The Perfect 46
We started our new season conversing with a science-communication power couple : Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, who happen to be married to each other. The books providing discussion material were Jennifer Ouellette’s _Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self_, and Sean Carroll’s _The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World_. As usual, we ran out of time before we ran out of conversation.
5 years ago • Read Science!, Video • Tags: books, From Eternity to Here, Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Jennifer Ouellette, Joanne Manaster, Me Myself and Why, Read Science!, SciComm Power Couple, Sean M. Carroll, video