July 13, 2014

Anonymous said: 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

nonlinearfluctuations:

chemistry-of-chaos:

dinostuck:

scientistsarepeopletoo:

adventuresinchemistry:

smilesandvials:

shychemist:

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.

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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.
But…
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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.

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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.

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

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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. 

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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:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Yo, I haven’t posted for a while, but I’m doing a PhD in isotope geochemistry and this made me mad enough to come out of the Pb isotope lab and take this ‘selfie’ to make damn sure no-one thinks that girls can’t do science. I do what I do because I love it, and you know what? I kick ass at it. So jog on hateful anon, we’ve got science to do. 

June 14, 2014
surfinaloha:

#geology #structural #landscape #spain #pyrenees

surfinaloha:

#geology #structural #landscape #spain #pyrenees

April 9, 2014
plant-scans:

This is Scotland, 1981, Jenny Carter, © Photo Precision Ltd.

plant-scans:

This is Scotland, 1981, Jenny Carter, © Photo Precision Ltd.

March 27, 2014
fencehopping:

Melting aluminum with an electromagnet.

'Shit, that's fucking amazing' is what I literally just said out loud to myself. 

fencehopping:

Melting aluminum with an electromagnet.

'Shit, that's fucking amazing' is what I literally just said out loud to myself. 

(via evaporites)

8:41pm  |   URL: http://tmblr.co/ZbRPqx1BMQJYo
  
Filed under: SCIENCE 
March 2, 2014
This has been doing the rounds on FB. As an isotope geochemist who spends 70+ hours in the lab per week, I can say this is a pretty good approximation. 
Although I do rather like camping. 

This has been doing the rounds on FB. As an isotope geochemist who spends 70+ hours in the lab per week, I can say this is a pretty good approximation. 

Although I do rather like camping. 

9:56am  |   URL: http://tmblr.co/ZbRPqx18xPet6
  
Filed under: geology 
February 23, 2014
On friday evening I was running the MC-ICPMS…

At about 7pm and my supervisor came in to see how I was doing. I had nearly finished my analyses so I told him he could start his if he wanted to (7pm on a friday is not a strange time to start analysis in the world of isotope geochemistry).

He then started his analysis and we had a little chat about the standard data. He said he could not run all of his samples as he had to do a few things on the TIMS and he couldn’t stay ‘too late’ (i.e. later than 10pm).

He then said that he was unhappy that his postdoc would not run her Ca isotopes at the weekend because she had a young family, so he would have to run Sr on the TIMS over the weekend instead. Then he said this:

'I've had to run samples over the weekend for her on a number of occasions which is very unsatisfactory. She won't get very far in Academia if she puts her family before her work' 

I was, and still am, appalled. This attitude is the reason there are so few women in the higher echelons of science. 

Bear in mind that I got a text from him at 10am this (sunday!) morning saying ‘let me know when you get into the lab today, as you could do some prep to speed up the [chemical separation] columns tomorrow’.

When, no if.

Academia is brutal. 

February 17, 2014
elegantbuffalo:

truth.

New motto? New motto. 

elegantbuffalo:

truth.

New motto? New motto. 

(via briandesite)

February 9, 2014
"To the geologist a rock is more than an aggregate of minerals, it is a page of the Earth’s autobiography with a story to unfold, if only he can read the language in which the record is written."

— Holmes’ Principles of Physical Geology (via earthsci-studynotes)

My science!
Seriously though, I fucking love my job.

January 28, 2014
skunkbear:

You are traveling hundreds of miles per hour right now!*
*in relation to the the center of the earth.**
vizual-statistix:

Have you ever wondered how fast you are spinning around Earth’s rotational axis?  Probably not, but now you can find out anyway!

Even though you are probably sitting down right now, unless your chair is at the North or South pole you are being pushed around by the earths’ surface, like an ant on a bicycle wheel.  Because people closer to the equator are further from the earth’s axis (they are on a bigger wheel), they are moving faster - as this telling graphic from the great blog Vizual Statistix shows.  People at the poles just spin in place.
**The earth tears around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour, so it would also be accurate to say you are traveling thousands of miles per hour right now. It’s all a question of relativity.

I think about this a lot. When I should be doing a some mass flux calculations, or reading about the Caledonian rocks, I find myself wondering how fast I’m moving through the universe. 

skunkbear:

You are traveling hundreds of miles per hour right now!*

*in relation to the the center of the earth.**

vizual-statistix:

Have you ever wondered how fast you are spinning around Earth’s rotational axis?  Probably not, but now you can find out anyway!

Even though you are probably sitting down right now, unless your chair is at the North or South pole you are being pushed around by the earths’ surface, like an ant on a bicycle wheel.  Because people closer to the equator are further from the earth’s axis (they are on a bigger wheel), they are moving faster - as this telling graphic from the great blog Vizual Statistix shows.  People at the poles just spin in place.

**The earth tears around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour, so it would also be accurate to say you are traveling thousands of miles per hour right now. It’s all a question of relativity.

I think about this a lot. When I should be doing a some mass flux calculations, or reading about the Caledonian rocks, I find myself wondering how fast I’m moving through the universe. 

(via mapsandshhtuff)

January 25, 2014
emperortab:

Pangea with current political boundaries.

This is silly.
Now i’m no expert on Pangaea (well, sort of an expert as I work on the stuff immediately preceding the formation of Pangaea), but I’m 100% sure that Iceland wasn’t around when Pangaea was. That came after the break up Pangaea and the formation of the Atlantic!
But otherwise - cool!

emperortab:

Pangea with current political boundaries.

This is silly.

Now i’m no expert on Pangaea (well, sort of an expert as I work on the stuff immediately preceding the formation of Pangaea), but I’m 100% sure that Iceland wasn’t around when Pangaea was. That came after the break up Pangaea and the formation of the Atlantic!

But otherwise - cool!

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