Posted by Unknown Lameron Tuesday March 11, 2014 @08:03AM from the my-mom-makes-fun-of-me-for-sucking-at-diff-eq dept.
sciencehabit writes "Think women can't do math? You're wrong — but new research (paywalled) shows you might not change your mind, even if you get evidence to the contrary. A study of how both men and women perceive each other's mathematical ability finds that an unconscious bias against women — by both men and women — could be skewing hiring decisions, widening the gender gap in mathematical professions like engineering."
Much has been made of the death of Pete Seeger, and I don't wish to disparage his memory or any of the publicity attendant to his death; however, I was never a real Pete Seeger fan. That aside, several years ago, a FEMA employee with whom I've often worked (in my volunteer position), gave me a CD made by Pete's sister, Margaret "Peggy" Seeger. I can no longer find the CD; but I've found the song posted on YouTube - embedded, below.
Thanks to Stu of Eunoia for reminding me of the above song by sending me the link to a YouTube posting of Pete Seeger singing it (embedded, below). I like Peggy's version better; but I'm a sexist! *chuckling*
There are few things that I'd rather not do more than my not wanting to swim from Cuba to Florida (or the reverse). This has never been my dream. However, I am truly impressed by the guts of anyone willing to try it. In the case of Diane Nyad, she had the guts to, over a 35-year-period, attempt the 100+ mile swim from Cuba to Florida not once or twice, but five times. According to an article at CNNby Matt Sloane, Jason Hanna and Dana Ford,
updated 8:23 AM EDT, Tue September 3, 2013:
The swim was a long-awaited triumph for Nyad, who was making her fifth attempt since 1978 and her fourth since turning 60.
But for this swim, besides donning a suit meant to protect her against her jellyfish nemesis, she wore a special mask to prevent jellyfish stings to her tongue, a key factor in her failed attempt last year.
Nyad, who was 29 when she first tried the swim, said last week that she wanted to show that "you can dream at any age."
"This time, I am 64. So, the years of my life are shorter to the end," she said at a news conference in Havana on Friday. "So this time I am, all the way across ... going to think about all those life lessons that came up during the swim."
But...that wasn't the end of Ms Nyad's story. She recently completed a 48-hour, 96-mile pool swim in New York to benefit the victims of last year's Hurricane Sandy hit to the upper east coast of the contiguous 48 states of the USA. According to Reuter's, in an article by Luke Swiderski, NEW YORK | Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:26pm EDT:
Her [Nyad's] 48-hour continuous charity swim in New York City raised more than $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy recovery, and came little more a month after the 64-year-old made her historic swim across the Straits of Florida. At 96 miles, her pool swim was shorter than her 110-mile (177-km) swim in the sea.
The fundraising total, still growing from online donations, was destined for AmeriCares, a humanitarian relief organization, which said it will use the funds to address the health needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors.
With more than 25,000 people still displaced from the storm, many survivors need help for basic healthcare access. Others face anxiety, depression and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), said Lindsay O'Brien, who manages the organization's Hurricane Sandy Relief program.
Color me impressed. My hat is off to the intrepid Ms Nyad! I doubt that we have seen/read/heard the last from Ms Nyad.
I would be remiss were I to fail to credit Frazz by Jef Mallett for the idea behind this posting.
Posted by timothyon Thursday October 10, 2013 @02:46PM from the having-ruled-out-sandusky dept.
barlevg writes "Analyzing hand-prints found in cave sites, an archaeologist from Penn State University has concluded that roughly 75% of all ancient cave art was painted by women. Previously it was thought that neolithic cave paintings were made mostly by men, perhaps to chronicle their kills. But an analysis of the relative lengths of fingers in hand stencils found on cave walls suggests that it was mostly prehistoric women--not men--who created these works."
Following the link in the above posting, the following excerpts are from National Geographic's Daily News:
Archaeologist Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University analyzed hand stencils found in eight cave sites in France and Spain. By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female.
"There has been a male bias in the literature for a long time," said Snow, whose research was supported by the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. "People have made a lot of unwarranted assumptions about who made these things, and why."
Experts expressed a wide range of opinions about how to interpret Snow's new data, attesting to the many mysteries still surrounding this early art.
I recommend that you follow the link to the National Geographic story to read it all!
Any one of my readers, friends, family, acquaintances could have told the researchers the answer that the report in the following post from Slashdot.org found concerning scientists. Of course, we must be scientific and show that our answer is correct! Anyone want to place a bet on the answer to a similar question concerning politicians?
Posted by Soulskillon Wednesday January 23, @05:26PM from the it's-a-guy-thing dept.
sciencehabit writes "Male scientists — especially at the upper echelons of the profession — are far more likely than women to commit misconduct. That's the bottom line of a new analysis by three microbiologists of wrongdoing in the life sciences in the United States. Ferric Fang of the University of Washington, Seattle; Joan Bennett of Rutgers University; and Arturo Casadevall of Albert Einstein College of Medicine combed through misconduct reports on 228 people released by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) over the last 19 years. They then compared the gender balance — or imbalance, in this case — against the mix of male and female senior scientists and trainees to gauge whether misconduct was more prevalent among men. A remarkable 88% of faculty members who committed misconduct were men, or 63 out of 72 individuals. The number of women in that group was one-third of what one would expect based on female representation in the life sciences."
I'm surprised that the media haven't jumped all over this. On the other hand, perhaps they have done so and (being somewhat "weird" in my media tracking habits) I missed it. Will those who have not previously been exposed to the above image care to guess in what year the garment was manufactured?
It isn't often that I am really surprised. Yesterday was exceptional. I received a small box in the mail. Having recently ordered a new swimsuit (on sale, don't you know?), I didn't tear into the box. I thought that I knew what was inside. It wasn't until about an hour after Hunky Husband had deposited the box into my "in" basket that I idly picked it up to open it.
As I worked at opening the box, I noted that the addressing was hand printed. Unusual for a box from Lands' End...hmmm...the return address said "Buffy". Wow! Now I tore into the box! She had sent me three things: a letter (most welcome!), a DVR of a movie that we had discussed (Wind Talkers starring Nicolas Cage), and a beautiful small quilt that Buffy had made. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Buffy!
I share a photo of the quilt (note how well the colors go with the chair on which it is displayed!) In addition to the beauty of the quilt (precisely constructed!) and to the friendship of its maker, Buffy knew that I would appreciate it for incorporating several of the fabrics that she had shared with me some years ago. How thoughtful can a friend be?!
Buffy doesn't post as much as she used to - other things are taking precedence these days. Foremost on her agenda is preparing to move from the home that she has loved for the past couple of decades. She and her Dear Husband are powering down and sizing down toward retirement. When she has anything that resembles a small chunk of time to do as she pleases, Buffy is a prolific quilter. Batik Quilt shows a block from just one of her cajillion quilts - a real jewel! In fact, on 8/1/2006, Buffy posted about making this quilt at Cop Car, Do You Remember....:...this fabric? in which she includes photographs of the fabrics and of a trial layout. I doubt that Buffy knows how much joy she has added to my life. I should tell her!
I should also thank Bogie who introduced us. Bogie and Buffy were blog pals before I ever made the scene. Thank you, Bogie.