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Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

One of the major issues in academia arose in 2017 was sexual harassment.

In the wake of #MeToo, women from within various fields have come together to share stories of their abusive experiences collectively.  To reveal the scale of the problem in academia, Karen Kelsky, a former professor, created her anonymous survey that chronicles the extent of sexual harassment inside the wall of the ivory tower. The document, created on 1st Dec 2017 has gained more than 1,600 entries in less than a fortnight.
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Collaboration with Stories in Science

The original version of this article can be found on the storiesinscience.org website.

How my PhD Training is empowering me

Story Key Points

  • Keep an open mind about academia
  • Seeking for non-traditional paths after graduation is not a failure
  • Extra-curricular activities are not waste of time

Growing up, I was fascinated by atoms, acids, bases, and basically any chemical reaction. I knew by the age of 13 that my passion was in chemistry. At school, I participated in anything that was related to chemistry and ended up doing exceptionally well during high school and college. I often won scholarships and prizes for being a model student, which made my teachers, family, and friends proud of me. I never doubted my future career. I was sure that I wanted to do a PhD so I could become an academic educator and researcher.

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The role of vaccines in public health

This article has been written in collaboration with Susanna Park, she blogs at sujanee.com and you find her on Instagram @sujanee

A vaccine is something we put in our bodies that looks like or has a tiny part of the ‘microbe’ that produces a disease. When we introduce it in our body, the immune system produces the right antibodies to fight it. The immune system also is quite smart andremember” this, so that it is able to recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that show up later on.

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Depression and anxiety due to academic life


“Sometimes I feel I’m gonna break down and cry”

It sounds like you, right? You are no longer enjoying going to work, eventually throwing up on the street. You maybe experienced some panic attack while sampling, or wanted to smash your laboratory. You even thought that if you stayed at home for a couple of months, nobody would have noticed and/or given a shit. Your mentor doesn’t answer your emails while your colleagues/friends/lovers go drinking beer with their supervisors. You are probably thinking about quitting.

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The sugar tax to tackle a social epidemy: Obesity

According to the National Centre of Health, more than one-third of Americans are obese, around 37% of the population. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008; the medical costs for people who have obesity were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

The UK is the most obese country in western Europe, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In fact, around 27.5% of the adult population is obese. It is estimated that the NHS in England spent £6.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related ill-health in 2014 to 2015.
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Life of a PhD student – Be unstoppable

How is it like to do a PhD? And how it is like to be a woman in science? I made this video to tell you about it. To tell how my PhD made me unstoppable. I encourage you to do the same, share your story on Instagram, Twitter or Youtube using the hashtags #phdtosuccess #beunstoppable
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Ooho – The edible water bottle

The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex is a giant island of plastic in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. The patch is made of plastic, chemical sludge and other debris trapped by the current of the North Pacific Gyre. The size of the patch is unknown. Estimates of size range from 700000 square kilometres (about the size of Texas) to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres (about the size of Russia).

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Pint of Science 2018 Nottingham – Planet Heart

Pint of science is an outreach and public engagement festival which runs in 30 different cities in the UK simultaneously. This year, the festival will be running in Nottingham from the 14th to the 16th of May. (check here for tickets)

The aim of the festival is to communicate science to the general public in a chilled out and relaxed environment, where people can talk directly to academics and listen to their research. In such environment, people don’t feel intimidated to ask questions. In fact, science can be quite intimidating if you don’t have a scientific background. But, it is the duty of scientists to make it more accessible using an “easy” language. For further reading take a look at my previous article.
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Interview with the Godmother of the Silicon Beach: Cam Kashani

Cameron Kashani is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, the founder of COACCEL, the Human Accelerator, and the co-founder of Coloft, the first co-working space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs. She was featured in Forbes and other magazines as one of the most inspirational women in technology. She earned the title of Godmother of the Silicon Beach, and her enterprise, COACCEL, trained more than 4000 Entrepreneurs and 700 startups to the next level in business. Cam can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter Instagram @CamSKashani or look at her website www.camkashani.com.

Cam was featured as one of the most influential women in technology.

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The periodic Table – Iron

This video about the periodic table has been recorded in a special location: Paris. Learn more about Fe and its interesting facts. Did you enjoy this video? Make a comment below