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Awareness of Female Scientists Is So Bad That 12% Of People Asked To Name One Picked a Dude Instead

Isambard Kingdon Brunel. 19th century mechanical and civil engineer. Pioneer of public transportation. British. And the name that 12% of people gave when asked to name a famous female scientist, despite the fact that he’s a dude.


Sock It To 'Em Ada

STEM Hiring Managers Often Favor Male Candidates, Says Yet Another Study


These findings aren’t groundbreaking, but they shine more light on a very real problem: Hiring managers, both men and women, often perceive male candidates to be better qualified for science and tech jobs, even when their actual on-paper qualifications say otherwise. Fixing the STEM gender gap isn’t just about encouraging interested students — it’s about making sure those students can get jobs one day.



A Whedonverse Favorite Has Been Cast as Agent Coulson’s Infamous ‘Cellist

This is really the strength that SHIELD should be aiming for: filling in the holes of the Marvel Universe that we would normally turn to fan fiction for. A throwaway line, like the one in The Avengers where Coulson and Pepper Potts discuss his long distance relationship with an unnamed ‘cellist, in a network as large as the one crafting Marvel’s shared cinema universe, is one destined to only be explored by fans. But Marvel has confirmed that it will be featuring that unnamed musician in an upcoming episode of SHIELD.


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Things We Saw Today: Do You Like Harry Potter? Memes? Wearing Shirts?

Yes, Slitidoge, (not Slytherdoge?) Ravendoge, and Huffledoge are all available on Etsy user DarkHero’s shop. (Geeks Are Sexy)


To Boldly Go

Astronaut Mae Jemison Says Smart Things About Women In STEM

For the unaware, Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space, the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek (TNG season 6, ep. 24, if you’re interested), and one of the top names on my Living People I’d Like To Have A Beer With list. Earlier this month, she appeared at the Makers Conference to talk about 100 Year Starship, an incredible project that aims to make interstellar travel possible within the next century. In this short clip, she discusses how we can’t tackle such a monumental challenge “with just half the population.” We couldn’t agree more, Dr. Jemison.



Shocker: Pretty Women Can Work In Tech Too!

Model Lyndsey Scott has a shocking, amazing secret – she also enjoys coding and majored in computer science! She’s even developed her own apps all while modeling for brands like Gucci and Victoria’s Secret. Who knew having ladyparts and being pretty wouldn’t keep you from enjoying coding?! We’re all stunned. I know you are too.


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The Brain Scoop Asks: Where My YouTube Science Ladies At?

The Brain Scoop’s Emily Graslie delivers a thoughtful address on YouTubing about science as a woman. Got a favorite lady videoblogger who talks about science? Let us know in the comments!

Previously in The Brain Scoop


We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

And Now, the Winner of the 2013 Dance Your PhD Competition in Chemistry

The Dance Your PhD Competition challenges grad students in STEM to explain the technical details in their projects not in laymans terms, but in interpretive dance. The grand prize is $1k, and a trip to a screening of their winning video at Stanford University. Here’s Ambalika Khadria’s winning entry in the field of Chemistry (a trick she developed to observe the behavior of proteins), but you can see the rest of the winners at io9.


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Scientists Organize Mass Wikipedia Edit in Honor of Ada Lovelace Day

I’ll admit, the first thing that springs to my mind when people mention organized Wikipedia edits is Wikipedia vandalism, perhaps because it’s just a bit more exciting than the alternative. That is, getting a bunch of people together with viable sources and references and collaborating on expanding or creating Wikipedia entries on subjects that are often overlooked by the core community of Wikipedia editors.

That’s what Maia Weinstock and Anne Fausto-Sterling do every October 15th: they organize an edit-a-thon to improve the encyclopedia’s coverage of female scientists. And it’s that time of year again.


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Things We Saw Today: A Pendant for that Game of Thrones Loving Neck You Know

You can find this mothery dragony pendant at Pendant Lab on Etsy.