📣 PSA (Please Boost)
A friendly acquaintance of mine is a trans professor at Bryn Mawr college and is co hosting the first ever Early Modern Trans Studies conference (starts tomorrow through Friday).
He was super excited about me sharing on Mastodon so def check it out if you're near the campus or in PA!
Postdoctoral Researcher's Unions
Ideally, an international union for postdoctoral researchers is an idea which I find very appealing. Properly setup and managed, it could be very helpful in a world which never has enough funding to go around, where permanent faculty jobs are notoriously difficult to get. International too, because when work can be found in any country, borders have very little meaning.
I wonder how anyone could go about organising such a thing...
Postdoctoral Researcher's Unions
"Until research institutions recognize the valuable contributions of postdoctoral scholars and cease to treat them as a source of inexpensive labor, the unionization of postdocs is a trend that should not be disappearing within the near future."
How Postdoctoral Scholars are Collectively Bargaining for their Welfare
sexual harassment in science
"Sexual harassment is pervasive in US physics programmes"
"In a survey of women pursuing US undergraduate degrees in physics, nearly three-quarters [338 out of 455] report having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment during their science studies."
Original article (open access): https://journals.aps.org/prper/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.15.010121
International Symposium on Plant Photobiology (ISPP)
3rd - 8th June 2019
Plant gene responses to frequency-specific sound signals
Jeong et al (2008)
Regeneration of whole fertile plants from 30,000-y-old fruit tissue buried in Siberian permafrost
Yashina et al (2012)
The halls of the physics building are covered in posters of nobel prize winners. This is a good idea in theory, but in practice it’s really demoralizing as a woman to walk down the halls and see hundreds of old white men with maybe 3 women... but today i walked in to the building see people replacing the pictures with beautiful, colorful posters of influential women in physics. I almost started crying; I felt so happy. Representation matters, folks.
Do you know ArXiv, the open pre-print database of scientific articles?
Well, there's also https://info.africarxiv.org/ for African research:
AfricArxiv is a free, open source and community-led digital archive for African research. We provide a non-profit platform for African scietists to upload their working papers, pre-prints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and published papers. We also provide options to link data and code, and for article versioning.
The University of California system is walking away from Elsevier: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-terminates-subscriptions-worlds-largest-scientific-publisher-push-open-access-publicly
The Loon doubts any other consortium in the US has a greater chance of pulling off this level of defiance. She wishes California well.
Coal ash is more radioactive than nuclear waste. By burning away all the pesky carbon and other impurities, coal power plants produce heaps of radiation.
Molecular physicist working on artificial photosynthesis, and trying to figure out how to repair the atmosphere. 🌍
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