Friday, June 15, 2007

Women in Science


As an optimistic alien just visiting this planet, every Friday I feature a site, blog and/or person who impresses me with their optimism, entertainment, and contribution to society and the blogging community, generally. Today I feature an excellent blog by Peggy Kolm called "Women in Science", a topic dear to my heart. In Peggy's words it's a blog "dedicated to the women in science and engineering, past and present." Peggy's done a superlative job at making science palatable and interesting to women by focussing on successes and opportunities alike. It's a pursuit worth pursuing, particularly when one considers that young women still only make up a small portion of the science/math/engineering workforce (and not for lack of intelligence or creativity!)

Her site is worth visiting for her blogroll alone, which literally swells (three columns worth!) with a rich cornucopia of listings including:

  • sites for Girls interested in Math, Science and Engineering
  • women who blog about science and engineering
  • sites about women in science
  • professional organizations
Peggy's posts are informative yet succinct and vary from science book reviews to the latest news. Here are a few examples:

  • a feature on Associate Professor of Interactive Biology at the University of Texas, Camille Parmesan, who is conducting research on the effect of climate change on wildlife
  • an opinion piece on how scientists are portrayed in comics
  • Glamour magazine's top ten women scientists

Peggy even posted a feature on one of my personal heroes, Dr. Lynn Margulis, who revolutionized the way we think about life on earth by revealing connections that link the planet and all living things into one organic system. Margulis helped develop the Gaia Theory with Dr. James Lovelock and posited the endosymbiotic basis of cellular evolution. More on her in my next post!

Peggy manages another blog called "Biology in Science Fiction", another subject dear to my heart. But I'll leave that one for another Friday...

9 comments:

Hsien-Hsien Lei, PhD said...

Great review. Peggy's Women in Science blog is a must read!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

It looks a superv read, Nina.

zephyr01 said...

Oh my friend...you have been tagged. You can find out what the tag means at my blog...

sfgirl said...

Thanks for the tag, Zephyr01...but I'm not sure what to do with it (embarrassed grin). I checked your list on your blog and I'm not on it. Shouldn't I be on it if I'm tagged? (newby grin...maybe Jean-Luc can help out...red-faced grin)

Jane Doe said...

Wow, I really love your blog, I'll be back.

Jane

sfgirl said...

Thanks, Jane. Your blogs are neat too. I like the writing. And I had to grin when I saw the description you gave of the statue in your profile :)

TekSavvy said...

I found a great link through your post 'Women in Science'. Thanks Nina

Peggy said...

Thanks so much for the nice plug!

sfgirl said...

You're welcome, Peggy! And a worthy site to encourage women in an otherwise still male-dominated genre (science fiction too!)