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9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough
Energy, News, and Climate / Science and Communication

9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough

Funneling women into STEM majors seems easy enough. Add enough women in the mix, and (like trickle-down economics) those women will get tenure track positions, they’ll encourage the next generation and so on. In a perfect world, if a girl were interested in science, she would study science, and then she would get a job … Continue reading

How do we science? / Oddities in the Ocean / Scientists in Action!

California Current Cruise: Week 2

This research cruise is about halfway over and we find ourselves within sight of Big Sur, off the coast of southern California. Everyone is searching, frantically, for water. The dark irony of it hasn’t escaped the scientists aboard the R/V Melville—we’re in the largest body of water on the planet, but can’t find the right … Continue reading

Photography Friday: All Tree Boxes Lead to the Ocean
Marine Preservation

Photography Friday: All Tree Boxes Lead to the Ocean

When you’re in the middle of, say, Indiana, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the ocean. The coastline is hundreds of miles away, and you probably have plenty of environmental problems to worry about closer to home. But marine conservation is not solely the purview of coastal communities: since all rivers ultimately lead to the … Continue reading

Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?
Policy / Science and Communication

Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?

As a grad student I often find myself in conversations with colleagues concerning job prospects, diversity, biases in science, and the difficulties of publishing. I’m lucky to be in a very diverse marine science department full of students from all types of backgrounds. We have more female grad students than male grad students around here, … Continue reading

California Current Cruise, Week 1:
How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

California Current Cruise, Week 1:

From Kelsey, currently (haha, pun!) on her California Current Cruise-   This week, I’m writing to you from someplace other than my little cubicle in the Marine Sciences Dept.—instead, I’m aboard the good ship R/V Melville, currently sailing through the Pacific Ocean! My advisor, another graduate student from my lab (Natalie of Living with Diatoms, … Continue reading