In praise of the refereeing role In praise of the refereeing role Driving Force February 10, 2016 I want to celebrate an underappreciated role in science, one that any research scientist will play. Playing the referee binds one to a community of scholars in strange ways. While not a remunerative venture, it will sharpen analytical skills and increase sensitivity to presentation style and techniques of persuasion. It will preview research on the so-called cutting-edge and, through the diligence of executing the referee role, enhance career status both publicly and privately. All of these matter in the competitive world of peer-reviewed scientific publication. Influence beyond the public metrics of science Driving Force February 1, 2016 I just returned from seeing an exhibit at Savannah, Georgia's Telfair Museums titled, “Monet and the American Impressionists.” It featured paintings by American artists (notably Mary Cassatt and Theodore Robinson) who were influenced in style and subject by Claude Monet and, in particular, his home and garden in Giverny, France. Most had visited him there, and he hosted “at a distance.” They were captivated by his work, so he welcomed them, but provided no face-to-face mentoring (as we would call it today). Yet his impact on their art is undeniable.  Science relaunches website Science relaunches website Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Sciencemag.org, AAAS's online flagship journal, Science, has a brand new look that incorporates many new features as well as existing online elements from the more recent journals in the Science family. The site rolled over on Tuesday, around 1:00 p.m. What's wrong with a white diversity officer? What's wrong with a white diversity officer? Driving Force January 12, 2016 Has Twitter blundered by appointing Jeffrey Siminoff, a white man, as its new diversity and inclusion officer? The social networking platform acknowledged minority underrepresentation in their U.S. workforce—2% African-American and 4% Latino—and hired Apple’s former diversity head (Siminoff) to succeed its former vice president of diversity (Janet Van Huysse, a white woman who served for six years).  Building your startup: The founding team Building your startup: The founding team Driving Force January 13, 2015 The term “founding team,” often thrown around when relating startup narratives, always implies there’s more than one person that has anything to do with the success of the venture. I want to put a mental framework around how to think about the potential size range of the initial team, where to find co-founders & team members, and the roles and responsibilities for the founding team members. Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin II and STEM diversity Driving Force January 4, 2016 Institutions of higher education again await a ruling by the Supreme Court on whether, or how, race may be used in college admissions decisions. From reports of the arguments made to the Court last month in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin II, we have learned that: Applications now open for minority science writers internship Applications now open for minority science writers internship Monday, December 14, 2015 The AAAS Pitts Family Foundation Minority Science Writers Internship is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity. U.S.-Polish scientific cooperation award seeks nominations U.S.-Polish scientific cooperation award seeks nominations Thursday, December 10, 2015 The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) are pleased to announce an opening call for nominations in the second edition of the Poland – U.S. Science Award. The award addresses outstanding scientific achievements in any field of science accomplished in American-Polish scientific cooperation and is granted jointly to two researchers on the basis of a competition. The Award amounts to $5,000 for each of the researchers. 2016 Tech-I Competition seeks entrepreneurs, apply today 2016 Tech-I Competition seeks entrepreneurs, apply today Thursday, December 10, 2015 The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program is implementing a competition as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative (GISTNetwork.org). Networking for Successful International Research Collaborations (GS7) Podcast November 18, 2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm AAAS hosted a webinar on November 18th, with four female faculty and STEM researchers affiliated with minority-serving institutions, who were awarded travel grants to attend the gender summit 7 (GS7) in Germany in November, 2015. The awardees were invited as panelists during the webinar: Dr. Grazyna Badowski (University of Guam), Dr. Lymari Fuentes-Claudio (Universidad Metropolitana, Puerto Rico), Dr. Cynthia Waters (North Caroline A&T State University) and Dr. Amber Wise (Chicago State University).