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Anonymous asked:

Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it
















It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.

It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.


I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.


imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA


Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 




Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:


Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:

And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop


Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.


Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:


"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops

Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  


On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)


Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire


So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—

better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.


I’ve got image 




oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—


Sorry, no time to answer douchey anon. To busy getting paid handsomely to do research things like this


While dressed fabulously like this


Because unlike the bullshit movies would tell you, geologists don’t wear white lab coats. Something to do with all that dirt. 

I’d tell my grad school and all the funding bodies that gave me a fellowship and research grants that they were totally mistaken because girls don’t science well except OOPS ALREADY GOT MY MS IN GEOLOGY, TOO LATE. 

Well darn. Guess I better just get back to doing science instead.

I just got crushes on like eight people at once. Fuck yeah science ladies of tumblr.


Wait, not good at science? Damn, maybe I should stop doing phylogenetic research and just kinda leave it to the guys. I’m sure they’ll have more successful results than- 


Oh. See that? That means that extracting the DNA, amplifying the 28 ribosomal subunit, and running all twenty-six samples under gel electrophoresis all worked, but for only two. That’s what we call a successful gel, the best I’ve ever done. 

Well, I’m a girl, so, I guess that doesn’t count for anything. 

(Fuck you.)

Wildlife Biologist yo


and as a wildlife biologist I probably will see and do more in a year than your stupid anon face will see in a lifetime (yes, everything is from this year)


(snowshoeing to track mammals to learn about them)


(getting rid of some maggots in this juvenile bald eagle)


(Hey, look at these captive wolves that I’m studying)


(feeding 1 day old barn owl)


And this is just because I can and it was fun and fuck you.

And before you say anything, I also work in labs with test tubes and stuff. Here’s from a few years ago-

And in the same job, I can easily go from this:


To this:


Wildlife biology here (actually studying with Zoe (@cheeseoneveryfudginthing )

So I guess I better throw all these years I worked as a counselor at a science camp away.image

You know, teaching kids about ecology and astronomy and stuff. They certainly look like they didn’t learn anything from me because I know “nothing about science”


And I guess also didn’t work on a ant biodiversity project that I presented at a conference (no picture, sorry)

And I also didn’t put in countless hours studying species assembles of ground beetles last winter


And I certainly haven’t been working in an entomology lab all summer studying biological control. 

And going into the Honours program in Environmental Biology next year.

So yeah, I’m a scientist and a girl. And I want to be an entomologist. Shocking? Fuck no. Get your head out of your ass. We belong here. And it’s because of close-minded people like you that women struggle to get these position. Because they think women are not “able” or don’t have the “right intelligence” for STEM. So yeah, fuck you.

ravens-domain asked:

The anon is funny because me and my boyfriend of one and a half years met in a C coding class in college. We work together and help each other. Anyone scared off by an intelligent woman doesn't deserve her in the first place. A partner should help you grow and get better. Not make you change yourself or settle. I'm totally going to stop computer science, math, and digital media because some guys can't handle it. Are you serious?


Thanks for your message.

I totally agree with you, and its great that your boyfriend is supportive of you and your career aspirations. :)


25 July 2014

The X File

This deceptively simple image revolutionised molecular biology. It also represents one of the most notorious controversies in science. ‘Photo 51’ was taken by Rosalind Franklin, who was born on this day in 1920. It is an x-ray crystallography image of DNA, created by bombarding a tiny DNA sample with x-rays for more than 60 hours. To most of us, this striped cross might not mean much, but to a few scientists in 1953 it held the secret to the structure of DNA. The controversy surrounds the instant Maurice Wilkins, who worked in Franklin’s lab, showed the photo to Francis Crick, a molecular biologist at Cambridge University, without Franklin’s knowledge. Crick published a paper with his colleague James Watson describing DNA’s double-helix structure. Wilkins, Crick and Watson shared the Nobel Prize in 1962. Franklin, whose peers never accepted her, died of cancer four years earlier, and couldn’t receive the prize posthumously.

Written by Nick Kennedy

Image by Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Goslin
Copyright held by Oregon State University Libraries

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