Well, I can't even begin to explain how disappointed I am in AAAS and Science Magazine over their actions recently. An "opinion" article was published last week in the "Working Life" section of Science which was stunningly inappropriate for Science Magazine. I first found out about this when I saw a Tweet from a colleague and friend Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez.
And when I started to dig into the story I was nauseated.I recently had a great experience publishing in @sciencemagazine's Working Life section on supporting mothers-in-science. Angry to see this now published- a personal, sexist attack on one woman (who is actually AWESOME at #Scicomm). A step back for #WomenInSTEM. Good thread here: https://t.co/KdVSqll3Rg— Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez (@BeccaCalisi) March 15, 2018
To sum up - the article was by a student who was apparently trying to express some thoughts about #SciComm activities by others that she did not like. And in the piece she named and mocked the activities of another PhD student at her own institution who does SciComm in ways she does not feel comfortable with. Fortunately, when I started looking at social media responses to this, they were overwhelmingly in support of this targeted student - Samantha Yammine who does really quite phenomenal SciComm work. (See for example her Twitter feed and her Instagram feed.
I am really thrilled and proud of the community that came out in support of her.
There have also been a few news stories related to or directly about the topic which are worth reading.
- For example T. Ryan Gregory pointed me to this one Meet the PhD student who makes science accessible through social media
- There is also this excellent piece in The Verge by Angela Chen "Scolding female scientists for embracing Instagram doesn’t solve the gender gap in STEM"
NEWS FLASH: my self-expression does not exist for you. Do not police the way I choose to interact with others and share my existence because it makes you bitter. You do you, but don't write an op-ed about why you dont want me doing me.— christine liu ✨ two photon art (@christineliuart) March 15, 2018