SciSchmooze for March 18, 2018

Hello Schmoozers,

Hope you all are finding ways to keep yourself entertained despite the rain. Here's a dose of fresh Sunday evening Schmooze to help with that.

Last time, I wrote about Women's day and how scientists should actively participate in science communication. In this context, I want to talk about this article published in careers section of Science magazine, a well-respected publication, which recently came under severe scrutiny from the science community. The crux of the issue is that the author, a graduate student, focused this op-ed on a fellow graduate student who is an avid scicomm-er on Instagram. While there are some good points about women's equality scattered in the article, overall it comes across as a petty and unnecessary personal attack on a fellow female scientist for her choice of means of science communication.

Here's a rebuttal published in The Verge. I will let you judge both sides for yourself, but in my opinion, women should stand together to applaud each other's efforts and celebrate the diversity of their nature, rather than tear each other apart. Moreover,...

magazines also should shoulder the responsibility of carefully filtering their editorials to discriminate thought provoking discussions from fruitless finger pointing (Science magazine has now apologized for this mess). Here are some discussions on Twitter on this topic.

Moving on, I recently also came across something amazing on Twitter. Frontiers for Young Minds is a journal targeted specifically for children. Researchers will write their papers in an accessible way for kids interested in STEM; what's more, kids in the 8-15 years of age group review these papers. Although the journal has been around since 2013, I think it is a worth a mention to publicize it even more. So do check it out and spread the word.

Last week, several universities and individuals organized workshops and events to celebrate Biophysics week by participating in biophysics outreach. Have a look at the Biophysical Society webpage for information regarding these activities. I also wrote two posts on my blog to join the celebration: one is about tiny clocks in bacteria and the other one is about how electric eels shock their prey and predators. Do check these out for a light informative reading on some cool biophysics research.
Lastly, here are my event picks for the upcoming week:

  1. Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition That Vindicated Darwin
  2. 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  3. Santa Cruz
  1. Robot Nightlife
  2. 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  3. San Francisco
  1. Science Saturday: Bees, Wasps, Honey, and Hives
  2. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  3. Pacific Grove


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