The bitter sweet “first woman to…”

First female winner for Fields maths medal – BBC Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math’s Nobel Prize – Forbes Fields Medal mathematics prize won by woman for first time in its history – The Guardian Math’s Highest Honor Is Given To A Woman For The First Time – NPR Finally, a woman wins the Fields Medal – Vox   Every time I see headlines like these, I have a whole bag of mixed feelings. On one…

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It’s been too long!

It has been way too long since my last blog post! In the next few weeks you will see more posts because of my current staycation. I have the following planned for the blog: Earlier this year, I mentioned that I would like to write something about clinical trials. With the latest Ebola outbreak, there are a few things I want to write about. Is it difficult to develop treatments for Ebola? Who is working on…

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A conversation about parenting, gender, and women and men in STEM

Recently this tweet by Terry McGlynn caught my eye: We need workplaces that support women with families. Which means we need workplaces that expect men to do their fair share of parenting.— Terry McGlynn (@hormiga) April 01, 2014 From here, we started a conversation about work place policy for women: @hormiga & also need more people (men + women) to care about this - not just a women's issue, but a social issue...— Theresa Liao (@TheresaLiao)…

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Field trip at the Chicago Field Museum!

I took a little break before attending two conferences to visit the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Personally, I am a huge fan of natural history museums in general. Job-wise, it is an opportunity to see what kind of demonstrations and interactive elements museums incorporated into their exhibits. I simply could not miss the opportunity to visit the Field Museum. The Field Museum was originally born as the Columbia Museum of Chicago after the…

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Science Communication at the #SharingScienceUBC Conference

My schedule for the past month and a half has been stuffed with conferences – from IPSEC to AAAS, to BC Outreach Workshop and now Sharing Science at UBC – I must admit that I shouldn’t complain about all the great science outreach and communication work I have seen! The Sharing Science Conference is a science communication conference. The conference was student-driven, organized by the UBC student club Carl Sagan Association for the Communication of…

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Link roundup – BICEP2, the Big Bang, and the Inflation Theory

In the past two weeks, the biggest news in science was probably the detection of the comic microwave background pattern (due to gravitational waves from the early universe)  that serves as the evidence for the inflation theory. Ever since the news broke, many people and media outlets have written about this – and here is a collection of the articles if you are interested in learning more about the discovery as well as its impact. The BICEP2…

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The state of science events around the world in one huge blog post

Things have been relatively quiet on this blog – mostly because work became rather hectic in the past two months, with me running from conferences to workshops, from workshops to science competitions. I finally have some time now to sort out all the notes I took when I was at the International Public Science Events Conference (a pre-conference to AAAS) and the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago in February. There w Going to conferences is…

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How to expand your science outreach program? My slides from #IPSEC2014 conference

I had the opportunity to lead a session with Melissa Beattie Moss from Penn state on expanding outreach programs during the International Public Science Events Conference. I figure that I might as well share my slides and notes here :D I do warn you that the presentation is a bit dry only because I tried to cover a lot of the logistics and management stuff that one needs to think about when expanding a science outreach…

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Missed opportunity? On AAAS President’s Address

Note (Feb 15, 2014): The AAAS President’s Address is now available online via the AAAS website! Please do take a little bit of time to watch it. Opinions are mine but would love to know what you think. Also thanking AAAS for letting me know that the video is available. In case you don’t know yet, I am currently in Chicago attending both the International Public Science Events Conference (just wrapped up today) and the…

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Behind a Human-Powered Helicopter – Meeting Cameron Robertson

(This interview happened last fall. I finally had a chance to write this up for real…) One of the perks of my job is to meet cool (and famous haha)  people. By now, through my job I have shaken hands with the 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics David Wineland, met Canadian Space Agency Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, had brunch with former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks Jay Ingram, and chatted with Malcolm…

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