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By Danielle Lee on November 17, 2010

The United States is ranked 35th in Math and 29th in Science. Other nations such as China, Finland, Australia, and Japan outrank us. Think about it, what are the things we love in this society? Our technologies - tech gadgets, televisions, high performing cars, digital communication, digital music, green technologies, convenience foods, all the conveniences of life. Have you ever stop to think about the minds that go into making these technologies? These industries are beyond lucrative. Those who work in those industries, whether on the creative side, innovation and improvement side, manufacturing and distribution side, or marketing and selling side - individuals who work in these industries earn good livings. Our society is moving ever-more rapidly to innovation. So if you wanted to be on board this very fast moving train, you would have to be ready for it.

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By Danielle Lee on October 11, 2010

With today being National Coming Out Day, there is quite a bit of talk about repealing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy of the United Stated Military. I remember how momentous it was when President Bill Clinton signed into law the in 1993. I was a second year Army ROTC cadet in college. Though not a signed member of the US Armed Forces, I was being fully indoctrinated into military ethos and customs. Like the men and women who joined the Army, I was given a 4x6 inch card.

It asked me two questions: 1) "Would you be willing to bear arms and go to war?" (the conscientious objector question); and, 2) "Are you homosexual or have you ever engaged in homosexual acts?"

Why? Because “Homosexuality is INCOMPATIBLE with the US Military“. Stop now. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

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By Danielle Lee on July 22, 2010

I love soda.  That should be no such a big surprise if you saw my previous post where I admitted to loving junk food.  I love science.  And you know I loves Science Blogging.  But if I had known my little affair of junk food and science and social media would end up in the mess now regarded as #PepsiGate/#SbFail, I would have shunned the tasty but not-so-healthy beverage long ago.  You see, Cola has shattered my science blogging world.

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By Danielle Lee on June 24, 2010

Do I Have What it Takes to be a Nerd Girl? Probably not.

I am a Nerd and I a Girl. I love Science and believe in STEM outreach to under-served audiences by Many Means Necessary. I came across a blog post by USA Science & Engineering Festival that asked the question: “Do You Have What it Takes to be a Nerd Girl?”, and my initial reaction was I sure do. Nerd Girls is an engineering outreach program for girls and young women. Pretty sweet, huh? There’s a television show upcoming and this is the casting call for video auditions.

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By Danielle Lee on March 18, 2010

Whenever a news source or blog community claims to be a go-to source of information for African-American audiences, I take a quick look at the tabs or regular feature titles and I always find one major subject area lacking: Science.

To be fair, science coverage across all media outlets has been severely cut back. However, long before the threat of extinction of print media, Black Newspapers and Magazines didn't have much to offer in the area of science coverage. And when online media became more popular, the trend didn't change. Where's the science? Other than the occasional Black health update and the annual Black History Month profile articles, Black periodicals do not feature science news. The lone exception is if the article has a Black angle, in other words, if the article can be tied directly to issues that identify with the African-American community, such as disparity statistics or African-American firsts.

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By Danielle Lee on February 26, 2010

Like a lot of people, I was very surprised to learn that a chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority won the sorority competition at the Sprite Step-Off. I was curious and I watched their show. It was good. They were in sync, the steps were interesting, there was complexity and a stunt, and they had some nice transitions. But I watched with skepticism, critiquing every step, and noting whenever they mimicked signature steps of other organizations. I was diminishing their performance.

I need to disclose something important. I was step mistress of my sorority. I belong to the sorority that was originally awarded the second place prize in this competition. I loved stepping or setting it out, as some say. As a result, I am quite critical of step performances. I look very closely at the routine, how in sync the team in, the complexity of the moves, how dynamic the rhythms are, and I am a stickler for transitions. Transitions can make or break a performance. Though I watched the performance with the critical eye of one familiar with the craft, I had to admit to myself that I could not be completely objective.

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By Danielle Lee on February 21, 2010

In my entire college career, I have only had ONE (1) Black Biology Professor. In fact, that he's the only Black science professor I have had. As a soon-to-be Ph.D. in Biology, who hopes to one day teach college biology, I see myself as part of the future professoriate. It shouldn't be historic for one person to earn a PhD in the natural sciences, but it certainly can feel that way.

The numbers of Blacks (and other minorities) earning doctorates in the sciences and engineering are growing, but still comprise only 1-3% of the total PhDs awarded in the United States. When I find a job, I feel pretty sure that there will be at least another woman in the department (but no guarantee), and maybe other persons of color. But I am not holding my breath that I'll have a Black colleague. The numbers just aren't there and the profile of the average college or university in the average science department reflect this fact.

I can imagine how it must have felt for Dr. Ragland Davis and Dr. Johnson to be in the biology department at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

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By Danielle Lee on February 20, 2010

The coverage of the shooting at the University of Alabama has focuses on the troubled mind and past of Amy Bishop. Her actions are thought to be due to her failing to achieve tenure, a process that guarantees academic employment at most colleges and universities. However, one thing that has been overlooked in the coverage is the diversity of the academic department of which she was apart. Too often in media and motion pictures, scientists are profiled as socially reserved people who are usually, white, male and older. Amy Bishop did not fit this profile and neither did her victims.

So as the story unfolds in the media, has it challenged us to think about who scientists are and what does a scientist look like?

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By Danielle Lee on January 25, 2010

With the decline of science journalism and just good science writing in traditional media altogether, someone hatched the idea to pluck out the best science writing online and put it into a printed book. In 2006, a community of science bloggers, many from the SEED sponsored collective known as ScienceBlogs put words to action and the first anthology of blog posts showcasing the quality and diversity of writing on science blogs was created and it was named Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs.

I submitted two essays and one was selected by a panel of judges for Open Laboratory 2009, an anthology of the best science blogging for the year. Only 50 posts were selected per year and I am told it was a very competitive selection process, with an unprecedented 760 entries submitted this year. Whew, that was some very, very stiff competition and the selected works are amazing in range and topical diversity. I am indeed head-over-heels excited to have been selected, thanks Scicurious (edition editor), Bora (anthology editor), and Open Lab judges (referees). The submissions will be sent off to the publishers and available to buy. The 2006, 2007, and 2008 editions are available to purchase, and the 2009 version will be available later this spring.

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By Danielle Lee on December 13, 2009

Middle school and High School are the preparation grounds for your future. But what happens after you receive your diploma? Graduating from high school signals the end of your childhood and the beginning of your adult life. This means the start of your journey to independence, bills and responsibilities. Most adults don’t expect you to leave home and be self-sufficient immediately; but you do need to be ready to accept the challenge. It’s never too early to prepare for post-graduation (or too late).

A post-high school education is your best plan for securing a stable future for yourself (Vo-Tech, Community college or university). For those of you interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), a college education will be order. However, funding a college education is no simple matter. Getting accepted in the school of your dreams is not the end of the story. Financing your education takes planning – the sooner the better. When parents ask me about how to fund their children’s college education I tell them to start right now, even as early as middle school.

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