Back to school: Ally Edition

(by drrubidium) Jul 30 2015

You too can be an ally! How? Follow @chescaleigh's 5 tips!

Ready? Good! Here are the 'Recources of allies' @chescaleigh provided with her video at YouTube. Read them. And there's more! Get thee to the web!

Getting Called Out: How To Apologize
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8xJX...

White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
http://nymbp.org/reference/WhitePrivi...

The Angry Eye - Blue Eye Brown Eye experiment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pv8m...

A Powerful Lesson About Privilege
http://www.buzzfeed.com/nathanwpyle/t...

Managing Privilege
http://www.upworthy.com/shut-the-fck-...

10 things allies need to know
http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/t...

Derailing for dummies
http://www.derailingfordummies.com/

Resources for straight or cisgender people:
Queer 101: http://www.roostertailscomic.com/comi...

White anti-racism: living the legacy
http://www.tolerance.org/supplement/w...

10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/n...

GLAAD's resources for allies
http://www.glaad.org/resources/ally

Transwhat? tips for allyship
http://transwhat.org/allyship/

10 reasons to give up ableist language
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-...

Colorlines
http://colorlines.com/

Melissa Harris Perry Black Feminism syllabus
http://www.msnbc.com/melissa-harris-p...

How to be a male feminist ally
http://feministcurrent.com/7988/how-t...

Go! Post your own ally sign!

Ally sign

Bit ups to Dr. R. Lee Penn for designing this great sign and to @ChemProfCramer to sharing with twitter!

 

 

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What I'm up to at #CVG2015

(by drrubidium) Jun 11 2015

 

CONvergence is a few weeks away and guess what?!?!

I'll be back for the second year in a row!

 

You know it, Denzel

 

This science fiction and fantasy con almost contains TOO MUCH goodness!!! As a Skepchick, I'll be participating SkepchickCon, the science track of CONvergence and other shenanigans. Here's what I'll be up to...

Thursday, July 2
Friday, July 3
Saturday, July 4

When not doing the above, I'll be skipping around the con doing ALL TEH con things!!! Huzzah!

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CONvergence banner from con website

Training Day gif from here

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Google autofill: Are chemists...?

(by drrubidium) Jun 04 2015

soure: Imgur

Over at Generation Anthropocene, my favorite geologist - the one and only Dr. Mile Traer - had some fun with Google autofill's returns to "Are geologists...". I wondered at the possibility of doing the same for chemists.... hmmmmm... Dr. Traer was all...

source: Giphy

He even sent me the top Google autofill returns!

source: Giphy

Are chemists a special class of mortals?

Yes. All chemists originally hail from The Realm of Order, but have traveled to the Earthrealm to participate in  Mortal Kombat, AKA "graduate school".

Grad school exams are no joke. Source: tumblr

Are chemists doctors?

Some chemists are doctors, holding either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Medical Doctorate (MD). We all enjoy wearing white coats, we each have horrible handwriting, and many of us would mainline coffee if it didn't prompt stares from non-chemists.

Not as convenient, but what can you do? Source: Giphy

Are chemists good cooks?

Even the POTUS agrees. Source ReactionGifs

There's a whole lotta chemistry in cooking and there are a lot of chemists that are food scientists. Here are some fun chemistry & cooking links!

...and did you know that food chemists have secret lives?! For realz! The Secret Lives of USDA Food Chemists from the USDA!

Are chemists in demand?

Are chemists in jps?

Jackson public schools?  Perhaps. Journal of Polymer Science? You bet. JPS Health Network? Probably.

Are chemists open on Saturdays?

We try to be open to new ideas all seven days of the week, but I'm thinking this use of "chemist" is from searches in the UK or Australia where chemist = pharmacist. Hey, maybe the person looking for chemists in jps, was looking for a pharmacist... hmmmmm.....

Are chemists smart?

source: tumblr

Real talk? There's a difference between book learn' smart, handling your business smart, interpersonal relationship smart, etc. Some chemists are smart in one or more areas and not so much in others. Just like every other member of The Realm of Order. And humans.

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UPDATED! My adventures in green screen & sci-comm

(by drrubidium) Apr 06 2015

Thanks to the folks at ACS Reactions, I've gotten the chance to fight ninjas do a little green screen filming.  The first video, Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne, was based on a guest blog I wrote for Scientopia ('Chemistry for the zombie apocalypse') which I turned into a presentation most recently given at SciPop Talks!

The second video - Inside the Game of Thrones Poison, the Strangler - comes from a recent entry to this blog called 'Chemistry and King Joffrey'.

I even got to pontificate on why I love to blend science and pop culture.

...and talk video games...

Speaking of rocket science, I got to highlight the work of Mary Sherman-Morgan. Back on earth, two other ground-breaking women scientists are highlighted in the video below - Alice Ball and Dr. Rachel Lloyd.

ACS Reactions, with support from CAS, started 'Get To Know A Molecure'. I got to talk about carbon monoxide, rose oxide, and cortisol.

As part of a collaboration between SciPop Talks! and ACS Reactions, I got be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I really enjoy writing and presenting these videos. Fingers crossed I'll get to do more in the future!

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This post was first posted in April of last year when I'd done 3 videos.6

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Learning new tricks

(by drrubidium) Dec 14 2014

source: Happy Bunny

Just kidding!

My latest learning adventure is coding, which kicked-off Wednesday morning when I completed Hour of Code. Though not completely ignorant to coding (bit of VBA, bit of MATLAB), I'm no expert. Do I need to be an expert? Well, I need to be proficient so that I can do just enough to support my research efforts. I've yet to quantify what just enough is, but I'll know it when I see it. For know, I'm using Codeacademy to pick up new skills and having too much fun doing it! If you follow me on twitter, you've likely seen my coding adventure tweets. I'm tweeting my learning for one simple reason.

I don't know, but I can learn.

Me. With the so-called "terminal degree". Me, an old person. I don't know-it-all. YET. I'm hoping to write a program that will take care of that for me.

 

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I'm going to the @UNLCollegeofLaw

(by drrubidium) Nov 18 2014

...tomorrow for visit. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear scientist - lawyer Dr. A. Christal Sheppard speak about her interesting career and thought... "Time to visit to my mater's law school!"

I have been interested in legal studies since I was a wee lass spending Saturdays in the public library reading about collateral estoppel.

True story

Plenty of chemists go into law. The American Chemical Society has a whole division called 'Chemistry & The Law'. Now, will I actually go to law school?

There are many, many, many things to consider. Chief among them?

Tuition. WHOA.

Another factor to consider is what type of law to focus on.  CHECK THIS OUT....

 SPACE LAW

I could be a SPACE LAWYER! Picture it!

DrRubidium's legal knowledge is out of this world!

Firefly meets Reno 911!!! Okay, maybe that's not accurate.... I'll find out tomorrow!

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"Nerd alert" gif from giphy

"No idea" gif from Photobucket user dandy_monkey

Money gif from gifbin

UNL Space and Cyber Law image from their twitter account

 

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#GGC14 #DIYscizone Acts of Whimsy! Thank you, donors!

(by drrubidium) Oct 05 2014

When we kicked-off fundraising for year two of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Science Zone, we also kicked-off a season of doing wacky things (AKA, 'Acts of Whimsy') to thank donors and celebrate monetary benchmarks.  Below is the collection of all the Acts of Whimsy done by zone volunteers.  Enjoy!

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Top image from here

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I have to listen to Pink Floyd. You get to pick the album... FOR SCIENCE!

(by drrubidium) Sep 27 2014

UPDATE: RESULTS!!!

PF poll

I'll be listening to 'The Dark Side of the Moon' tomorrow morning while I knock-out some grading.  I might as well do two life-force draining activities at once.  I'll be live-tweeting my listening using the hastag #DSotM.

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The moment I've dread has arrived. That's right, the Go Pink Floyd camp has hit the $1000 mark. It's time for me to face the music. The Pink Floyd music.  I've got to listen to an entire album and you'll be able to pick which one by voting in the poll below.  Polls will close October 3rd.

As I'll be listening via Spotify, only studio albums available (or soon to be) on this platform are listed.  I'll live-tweet my listening.  Likely with gifs and an over analysis of lyrics...

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Chemistry of lost gold

(by drrubidium) Sep 17 2014

Funny story... back in 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seems to have misplaced 50 kg of gold belonging to Crown Financial Solutions.  How much is 50 kg? That's 50 of these shiny bars...

Shiny bars that are worth a lot. [source]

For those adverse to the metric system, 50 kg of gold is about 110.2 lbs. Basically, the UAE just lost a solid gold Kate Moss (which is actually a thing). How much is 50 kg of gold worth?  A cool $2.4 million by 2011 values when gold was $1354.50 per ounce.  Today? The price of gold right now is about $1235.82, so the missing bars are worth about $2.2 million.

50 kg, 110.2 lbs, $2.4 million, $2.2 million... bah! How many atoms of gold are we talking here?!

Elemental gold [source]

If we assume that we've got a total of 50 kg pure gold, this problem is easy peasy! All we need is Au's molecular weight from the periodic table and Avogadro's number.

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The UAE misplaced 150,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms of gold. Fear not! There's something like 10^78 - 10^82 atoms in the observable universe, so 10^26 is a drop in the bucket. A very expensive drop...

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Chemistry is everywhere. Even divorce.

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*Damn sigfigs mean this answer should be rounded by a lot.

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In which I do acts of whimsy... FOR SCIENCE!

(by drrubidium) Aug 25 2014

The DIY Science Zone is back for GeekGirlCon 2014! You know what that means!

  • There will be an fun place at GGC '14 for attendees to get their hands dirty with science!
  • This zone will be staffed by a crew of talented scientists and science educators!
  • We need to raise $6000 and will do acts of whimsy to show our gratitude! As of 9 September 2014, $3393.50 has been raised.

What acts of whimsy will I be doing? To celebrate the first $100, I wore a tiara at work. Since we crossed the $500 mark, I'll be running the CASA Donut Dash on September 14th in this Wonder Woman ensemble.

...but that's not all! Last year, I subjected myself to Nickelback to raise money for the DIY Science Zone.  This year, it's Pink Floyd.

Me too, bro

That's right, I don't like Pink Floyd.  But! I will listen to Pink Floyd - FOR SCIENCE!  For every $1000 the pro-Pink Floyd ("Go PF") camp raises, I'll listen to an entire band album.  I can be saved from listening to Pink Floyd, if the anti-Pink Floyd ("No PF") camp offers up counter donations.  It's Go PF vs. No PF!  Here's how you can make be listen to Pink Floyd or save me from it:

Go PF or No PF, the winner will be science!  No donation is too small and every dollar helps!  Thanks to all our wonderful donors. Yes, even the Go PF ones...

UPDATE!  Go PF camp has raised $595 to get me to listen to Pink Floyd.  The NO PF camp? $275.  Gotta say, last year, Nickelback fans were all about throwing money at the zone. Pink Floyd fans? Um...

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gif from Buzzfeed

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