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What does a scientist look like? You!

Science News for Students is seeking images, audio and video of women in science for our upcoming feature
Aug 30, 2016 — 7:00 am EST
B Brookshire

This is what a scientist looks like! Here I am in one of my favorite shirts, covered in drawings of brain cells.

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What does a scientist look like? For many years, the answer to that question was a Caucasian male, often with a funny hairdo and a lab coat. But women are scientists too, and science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) fields are better for it.

Science News for Students is working on a big feature story about the importance of women in STEM — and the challenges they face. For our feature, we want to show our student readers as many STEM women as we can. And this means we need you!

Are you a female-identifying person in science, technology, engineering or math? We want to see you and hear your voice. Inspired by the popular Tumblr, This is what a scientist looks like, Science News for Students is collecting images, audio recordings and short video clips of women in STEM. Send us an image of you in the lab, doing what you do best. Or you can send a picture of you at home, at school, in the field or engaging in your favorite hobby. You can also send in short audio clips about your life in science.

Each image or audio clip should contain the following information:

  • Your name
  • Where you work
  • What kind of scientist you are and what you study
  • An interesting fact about yourself (and it doesn’t have to be STEM-related)

Please send your images, sound clips and video to sciencenewsforstudents@gmail.com by September 9, 2016. We will highlight five or so of your images, videos and sound bites in our feature story. The rest will go right here on this blog, to show students everywhere examples of fantastic, brilliant women in STEM.

Here, I’ll start!

My name is Bethany Brookshire, and I’m a writer with Science News for Students and Society for Science and the Public. Before I became a writer, I got a degree in pharmacology — the study of medicines and how they work. I studied drugs of abuse — such as cocaine — as well as antidepressant drugs, trying to figure out how they do what they do. An interesting fact about me? When I was 18, I licked a banana slug — the large, bright yellow slugs that live in the redwood forests of California. I licked the slime to see if it would turn my tongue numb. It did.

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audio     Having to do with sound.

blog     Short for web log, these Internet posts can take the form of news reports, topical discussions, opinionated rants, diaries or photo galleries.

engineering     The field of research that uses math and science to solve practical problems.

field     An area of study, as in: Her field of research was biology. Also a term to describe a real-world environment in which some research is conducted, such as at sea, in a forest, on a mountaintop or on a city street. It is the opposite of an artificial setting, such as a research laboratory. (in physics) A region in space where certain physical effects operate, such as magnetism (created by a magnetic field), gravity (by a gravitational field) or mass (by a Higgs field).

information     (as opposed to data) Facts provided or trends learned about something or someone, often as a result of studying data.

pharmacology     The study of how chemicals work in the body, often as a way to design new drugs to treat disease. People who work in this field are known as pharmacologists .

slug     A soft-bodied invertebrate that travels by sliding across a surface of slime that its body releases. It resembles a snail without a shell.

society     An integrated group of people or animals that generally cooperate and support one another for the greater good of them all.

Society for Science and the Public     (or SSP ) A nonprofit organization created in 1921 and based in Washington, D.C. Since its founding, SSP has been not only promoting public engagement in scientific research but also the public understanding of science. It created and continues to run three renowned science competitions: The Regeneron Science Talent Search (begun in 1942), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (initially launched in 1950) and Broadcom MASTERS (created in 2010). SSP also publishes award-winning journalism: in Science News (launched in 1922) and Science News for Students (created in 2003). Those magazines also host a series of blogs (including Eureka! Lab).

STEM     An acronym (abbreviation made using the first letters of a term) for science, technology, engineering and math.

technology     The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry — or the devices, processes and systems that result from those efforts.

Twitter     An online social network that allows users to post messages containing no more than 140 characters.