I’ve Wrestled With Linkspam For 35 Years (5 May 2015)

  • The Trouble with Imposters by Cate Huston | Model View Culture (April 28): “What we call imposter syndrome often reflects the reality of an environment that tells marginalized groups that we shouldn’t be confident, that our skills aren’t enough, that we won’t succeed—and when we do, our accomplishments won’t even be attributed to us.”
  • Imagining a Safer Space: Building Community & Ending Harassment in Punk | Store Brand Soda (April 28): [CW: assault, harassment] “People have difficulty believing that women and trans individuals pursuing traditionally male activities are doing it authentically, for our own reasons. Our motives are cast as disingenuous; we’re called groupies, posers, and hangers-on. Male dominance is established by questioning our right to be there at all.”
  • Conduct Becoming | Anil Dash (April 30): “But what was perhaps most exciting was that it was no big deal to make [a code of conduct] happen. That’s not to diminish the work that Sean and his team put into pulling the code together, but it didn’t take a ton of persuasion, and it wasn’t too big an effort on the part of the event organizers for it to happen.”
  • On the diversity-readiness of STEM environments | Mel Chua (April 28): “I have been “the full-time community person who is ridiculously good at tech stuff that she no longer gets to do,” instead of “the technical person who understands and listens to and cares about inclusion and community.” Because I cannot not patch a leaky roof. But I have always wondered what I might have grown up into, if I had learned STEM in an environment that was ready for me — without me having to fix it first.”
  • Girl Develop It heats up South Jersey tech scene | Courier Post (April 28): “Bey — owner of Be Brilliant Media, a company that provides a wide range of website services — is spreading her web development wisdom through the South Jersey chapter of Girl Develop It.Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.”
  • A centerfold does not belong in the classroom | The Washington Post (April 24): “I first saw a picture of Playboy magazine’s Miss November 1972 a year ago as a junior at [Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology]. My artificial intelligence teacher told our class to search Google for Lena Soderberg (not the full image, though!) and use her picture to test our latest coding assignment. “
  • The Big Lie of science | Galileo’s Pendulum (April 30): “Science at its heart is about evidence; the practice of science, however, is about humans. A sexist reviewer can waste a female researcher’s time for reasons completely unrelated to her research, and a journal can abet the practice — making scientific publication an accomplice to academic sexism.”
  • Many organizers at the forefront of Baltimore police-brutality protests are women, despite men taking center stage – citypaper.com (April 28): “Many organizers at the forefront of the protests are women, and many members of the Gilmor Homes community with key involvement in the protests are very young people. On Saturday, women marshaled the march along, maintaining energy, leading chants from megaphones, and even ensuring that a female member of Freddie Gray’s family, who joined the march in her wheelchair, was able to stay on the front lines.”
  • Sexist peer review elicits furious Twitter response, PLOS apology: (May 1): ‘Evolutionary geneticist Fiona Ingleby was shocked when she read the review accompanying the rejection for her latest manuscript, which investigates gender differences in the Ph.D.-to-postdoc transition, so she took the issue to Twitter. Earlier today, Ingleby, a postdoc at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, posted two excerpts of the anonymous review. “It would probably … be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with (or at least obtain internal peer review from, but better yet as active co-authors)” to prevent the manuscript from “drifting too far away from empirical evidence into ideologically biased assumptions,” the reviewer wrote in one portion.“Perhaps it is not so surprising that on average male doctoral students co-author one more paper than female doctoral students, just as, on average, male doctoral students can probably run a mile a bit faster than female doctoral students,” added the reviewer (whose gender is not known).’
  • PLOS ONE Update on Peer Review Process | EveryOne (May 1): Official PLOS ONE statement regarding Fiona Ingleby’s complaint.
  • Queen of Carbon Becomes First Woman to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network (April 30): ‘Dresselhaus is famous for her work in carbon-based materials including buckminsterfullerenes (buckyballs), nanotubes and graphene. In the energy sector, carbon-based materials are frequently discussed in terms of their ability to increase energy storage capacities in battery technologies and supercapacitors. According to the IEEE, “the era of carbon electronics can be traced back to [Dresselhaus’s] tireless research efforts.” ‘


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