Just wanted to send a little update about how tabling at the Rachel Carson Forum on April 27th went!
It was a beautiful day, perfect for tabling, and I got to talk to a lot of awesome people interested in our group. About 15 people signed up for our email list, which is awesome! I also made a really sweet sign that we can reuse for future tabling events. Michael also joined me for some of the tabling time, but I’m hoping that in the future these kinds of events can be a group-planned effort!
Also, let me know if you’re interested in adding any decorative elements to our poster – it’s a bit simple at the moment.
Does anyone know of upcoming events that we can table at?
Hey WISE people! Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday May 3, 1-2pm in Lab 1 3033. Everyone welcome!
Spring is here! Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. Spring fungi are sprouting! Here’s a little note about a women scientists who has inspired me to study plants and in particular the magical world of fungi.
You may have heard of Beatrix Potter, an English writer and illustrator, famous for her children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Her playful illustrations of talking animals were based on careful observations of the natural world around her.
In addition to her love of animals, Ms. Potter was quite accomplished in the field of mycology, or the study of fungi. You can read more about the controversy that unfolded when she proposed a new theory of fungal spore germination based on her microscopic studies here.
5 people attended, one of them a new face! Welcome Averi!
We discussed last month’s reading, Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby
It was an inspiring read about brilliant women overcoming adversity and contributing major scientific breakthroughs
In general, the mini-biographies could have been more in-depth, but it was helpful to have the bibliography in the back of the book for further reading
There was an interesting diversity in the level of feminism amongst the scientists that transcended their time period, and how these women reacted to the patriarchy around them
Due to the low attendance today, we considered doing another discussion of this book during our meeting in May
Leslie and Averi brought up the upcoming Rachel Carson forum (April 27) with the theme of “Water Equity in the Anthropocene” that will feature speakers and events and is hosted by the MES program here at Evergreen
We can set up a table here to advertise our group!
Tanner, Emily, and Tessa plan to meet with our student group advisor this or next week to discuss the process of hosting guest speakers, tabling at the Rachel Carson forum, fundraising (t-shirt selling?), and club message
We briefly discussed the group’s position on how to address male presence in the club. This initially was sparked when making the Spring poster and whether we should advertise being an all-inclusive club. It was brought up that (I believe I’m recounting this correctly) in order to receive funding by the school and be considered an official student group we must be inclusive for everyone. People brought up very valid points for both sides and no consensus was made, so we’d like to continue this discussion in May.
Next meeting: Wednesday, May 3!
Posters will be printed and put out ASAP this time!
We used last month’s consensus to decide our May reading: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
As I was reading this amazing TED fellows article, highlighting twelve badass scientists who also happen to be women, I came across another TED fellows blog post from February 24 written by astrophysicist, Jedidah Isler, PhD, whose recent TED talk drew the attention of Ivanka Trump via her Twitter account.
Women in Science at Evergreen (WISE) is an organization dedicated to helping woman-identified science students at The Evergreen State College create community around the common goal of reducing unconscious bias and discrimination toward women scientists. Monthly luncheons, as well as quarterly panel discussions featuring diverse women scientists will provide the opportunity to discuss the challenges and celebrate the achievements of women in scientific fields. Students will also be able to engage in professional networking and cross-discipline discussions of their research and/or educational goals. While WISE is an organization devoted to supporting woman-identified students in sciences at Evergreen, those who do not identify as binary or gendered but who are directly impacted by systemic misogyny in the sciences, along with all other under-represented and oppressed groups, are invited. Indeed, all students interested in advancing an equitable and healthy environment in the sciences are welcome. Interested in learning more about WISE. ? Contact our coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org; join our facebook group at: Women in Science at Evergreen (W.I.S.E): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1786630411613091/#
Finally, we started to discuss the WISE group becoming an official Evergreen Club through Student Activities- a few students did some research and expressed interest in helping to organize the club. Thanks so Emily, Tessa, Lauren and Mike for expressing interest and gathering information. Here is some additional info that Emily posted on our Facebook site:
“In order to make W.I.S.E. an official club at Evergreen we are required to see an advisor with at least four people and sign up and attend a registration workshop and fill out some minor paperwork, after that we’re official! Tessa (who doesn’t have a Facebook) gathered and gave this information to me to share and she and I have been thinking of being at least temporary leaders for this club. If you would also like to do so please let others know so it can be figured out who has the time for organizing and running this group. The next registration workshops are: Friday feb 24 @ 2-4pm, Tuesday Feb 28 @ 2-4pm, Thursday March 2 @ 2-4pm, Friday March 10 @ 2-4pm, and Tuesday March 14 @ 3-5pm. Leave a comment saying which days would work best for you to attend the workshop-we could also wait until our next meeting on March 1st to discuss this further.”