Day 9 is Florence Violet McKenzie OBE! She was first Australian woman to earn an electrical engineering diploma, and the first to become a certified radio telegraphist

Morning folks! Today on the calendar it's Aglaonice, who used her skill of predicting lunar eclipses to pretend she was bewitching the moon from the sky!

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Fun additional fact, cw as about sex Show more

More advent calendar fun! Today it's Maria Gaetana Agnesi, a mathematician who was the first woman to write a maths textbook

I missed one! Dr Susan La Flesche Picotte, first female Native American medical doctor, and day 3 on our advent calendar

I probably should have added 🙂 Please boost, it's always such a fun day!

Have you heard about Ada Lovelace Day? It's an international day of celebration of women in STEM, held on 9 October. There is a live show in London, tickets available from here and independent events all over the world

This year is our tenth, and we'd love to make it the biggest one yet. Come along to our live show, attend an event, organise one of your own or write a blog, and help us celebrate all the amazing women in STEM, past and present!

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Feedback please: suggestions for Mastodon after the recent drama Show more

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Interesting study by Wikimedia Foundation into the availability of Wikipedia's references across different subjects. Sad to see that Chemistry ranks very low, with a high percentage of pay-walled references.
Should also link to the twitter thread:

Hi I'm Stephanie. I'm interested in scicomm, and work for a women in STEM organisation. I've recently finished my psychology degree, and in the process of working out my next steps! Would love to connect with some folk interested in thoughtful discussion on a range of topics. Really pleased already to see the strong commitment to inclusion :-)

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@introspection As for being "neutral," depending on what you mean by that, isn't planning to be that either

We are explicitly anti-Nazi, anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia, anti-sexism and anti-racism

We are explicitly pro-inclusion and pro-accesibility

We ban people for harassment

We take sides, because failure to do so suggests a moral equivalence that undermines academic freedom itself

So we are not "neutral" in that sense

Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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