Women in STEM representation on late night television (or lack thereof)

If I gave you 30 seconds to name five famous (living) scientists, who would be on the list? Most likely, there’d be Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Who else? Stephen Hawking? Brian Greene? This isn’t a new problem. We started this podcast because of the lack of female STEM representation in the media. However, data nerd […]

Hello, World: How I plan to be a better STEM communicator

Columnist and Ph.D. student Sara Whitlock over at STAT recently wrote an article urging scientists to become better communicators. Go here and give it a read. It’s worth your time. One of her key points is that the majority of Americans don’t know any scientists. When researchers don’t explain how we do our jobs and what […]

Mumu’s Year in Books

It’s nearly winter break (after I get through this a stack of ungraded exams)! For me, this means marathon reading sessions curled up with a blanket, coffee, and kindle. In the spirit of the season, I share with you all a glimpse into my 2016 bookshelf. Favorite Book of the Year: My Brilliant Friend by […]

Donate to these STEM orgs for #GivingTuesday

There’s been a lot of discussion about what we can do to help the science community, especially since the election. Want to take action but don’t know where to start? Open those wallets and donate to a science charity. In honor of #GivingTuesday, we’re listing ten organizations that are doing good work for STEM, broken […]

Scotland, och aye – Travels with Mumu

Greetings from Scotland! Nessie also says hello. I’m spending the week in Edinburgh for INCOSE 2016, an international symposium on systems engineering. (And already looking forward to next year’s conference in Australia.) One of the vendors brought along some cute freebies, which I’ve kidnapped. For science. #koalas4days It’s only day 2, and we’ve already had a magic […]

A tale of two conferences

Hey folks. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, but thought I’d take a minute to share what life has been like in academia-land. Two weeks ago I lost my voice. Literally. Everyone always expects a great story that goes with losing your voice. Was it from screaming at a rock concert? Yelling at a sports […]

All entangled up: Quantum physics for the average nerd

I don’t think I’d be wrong in saying that quantum mechanics, and quantum computing specifically, is not an easy topic for people to wrap their heads around. And I don’t mean for just non-science people, but even for those with Ph.Ds in equally complicated subject areas. But this week I got one step closer to […]

Girl meets STEM (and let’s hope she stays)

Confession time. I’ve never truly outgrown my tween-girl phase. Sure, by day I play a super serious aerospace engineering professor, but deep down, my true inner self is singing along to every Taylor Swift heartbreak song, dreaming about my future marriage to JC Chasez from *N SYNC. Justin Timberlake would be best man, of course. […]

The confidence factor

Here’s something that might surprise you: One of biggest hurdles we face getting guests on our podcast is not stage fright or scheduling conflicts but confidence. We send a lot of emails to friends, friends of friends and women we have some tangential connection to in order to convince them to take an hour out of […]

Breaking News! We’re going to be famous (kind of)

We just wanted to let you know that we’ll be sharing our podcasting wisdom at a real, honest-to-goodness academic conference. We wrote a paper and everything. (Okay, Mumu wrote the paper.) Mumu and I are gathering our favorite audio moments and sharing our project at the 1st IEEE WIE Summit USA East next weekend. The conference […]