Research Survey on Stereotype Threat in STEM

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STEMinist Profile: Nicole Trenholm, Program Director/Field Operations Scientist


Nicole Trenholm

Program Director/Field Operations Scientist

Ocean Research Project


What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
It is a deep-rooted passion of mine to embrace STEM throughout my life. I aim to contribute to society by researching the relationship between man and our planet’s oceans and encouraging sustainable solutions to nurture a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
In 2013, I spent 80 days offshore; after 20 some days commuting to my work site, I collected 40 sea surface plastic samples throughout the eastern extent of the North Atlantic Gyre, a Texas size survey. Plastic debris, a concoction of un-natural chemical pollutants, are peppered throughout Earth’s oceans and changing what was once a pristine watery wilderness. It is the toxicity absorbed in the material being exchanged between marine species to people and its impact on human health that scares me. I am sailing for science but for the betterment of all parties within the biosphere.

Role models and heroes: Benjamin Franklin, Ida Lewis, Rachel Carson

Why do you loving working in STEM?
Initially, pursuing STEM was not a thought, I steered away, taking cover from STEM-related intimidation and anxiety. I am in love with the natural sciences. I want to defend the environment; therefore, I decided to charge STEM and embrace it.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Take charge and defend our home! Learn the technical tools to be STEM capable. Experience science & engineering in a hands-on manner by being proactive by engaging in citizen science & tinkering. Build your STEM network for a bigger bang.


Shohini Ghose, Physics Feminista

Ghose argues that sexism hurts both women and science. Excluding half the potential workforce also excludes any insights they might have contributed. And without women to guide scientific inquiry and product development, their unique needs tend to be overlooked. Above all, women deserve the same access to high-paying STEM jobs and positive work environments as men.

[ via Ozy ]

MPs ponder why there are so few women in academic science

The Report highlights the undoubted problem of short-term contracts which are the lot of most early-career researchers (and not just in the STEM subjects). Such contracts are particularly unattractive for those who may be considering starting a family or have a partner whose job is not portable. These factors tend to hit women harder than men.

[ via The Guardian ]

The Elsevier Foundation honors Early Career Women Scientists from Developing Countries for Research

On February 15th, 2014, five women chemists will be honored with the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, for their research that looks to nature for ways to address cancer, malaria and other medical problems. The winning researchers, representing five regions of the developing world, are from Indonesia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

[ via Elsevier ]

A Breakthrough for Science — and Young Japanese Women

It was in this lab at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology that Ms. Obokata and her international team helped figure out the cheapest and quickest way to date to create stem cells simply by putting mature cells in a mild acid solution.

[ via Wall Street Journal ]

Women in white coats: the scientists are doing it for themselves

The current societal expectation is that women will be the primary caregiver to their children, even if they decide to continue working once they become a mother. Women are dissuaded from returning to the high pressure environment of academia, as they are told that anything that takes them away from the bench, particularly maternity leave, will reduce their success. As a result, a subtle message is being sent to the future generation of female scientists: academia is incompatible with motherhood.

[ via The Oxford Student ]

Diversity Correlates With Success: Gender and Synthetic Biology

We knew when we started working on this subject, that many fields in science suffer from gender bias, but because synthetic biology is a new field we expected that historical biases would not apply and that we would not observe an important gender bias. However what we found out is that the bias we observe in synthetic biology is very representative of the bias in other fields of science.

[ via Scientific American ]

Six steps to fairer funding for female scientists

Females who take time from their careers to give birth to and raise children do not lose their scientific abilities. To continually lose women after years of training is a waste of talent and the investment the government makes in young female scientists.

[ via The Conversation ]

Have your say in Accenture’s primary gender gap research

A crucial element of our initiative is a primary gender gap research project led by Accenture, in collaboration with ourselves and our other partners. Little research is available on the subject in Ireland, so we see this as a golden opportunity to gather some real metrics.

[ via Silicon Republic ]