I hate to throw a light-hearted/tangentially related post y’all’s way for the second time in a row, but things have been crazy over here! Between job interviews, publication processes/edits, exams, family visits (yay), upcoming graduation, and trying to get back into exercising after being sick/benched for a while, I’ve had a really hard time finding time to read, and thus report back on what I’m reading. But I want to stay active, as I really care about the content I produce and my consistency, so here I am! In this post, I just want to tell everyone a little bit about why I started this blog and why I’m passionate about STEM, education, and STEM education.
I started this blog because I care about public access to information. When we really consider all that’s going on in the world of science vs. all that’s being reported on in the world of science, it’s - quite frankly - disturbing. We constantly hear people complain about negative news and the lack of positivity in the media, yet we continue to ignore scientific advancement!! Why? Maybe because it can be difficult to break down and understand? Maybe because many journals charge for access to papers? Maybe because we don’t care? I seriously doubt it’s the latter, and suspect an unhealthy combination of #1 and #2. That’s why scientific literacy is so important, non-scientists need to work to become good readers of complex papers, and scientists need to work to make sure their work is presented in a way that the public could understand (even if it takes some effort). Possibly most importantly, corporations need to publish more science in a meaningful way, and work for open access to discovery and fair payment for researchers/writers. Lack of science literacy is a real issue right now and it’s something I feel really strongly about, as you can likely tell. For that reason, I intend to continue to develop my initiative and eventually include my students in this movement, which I look forward to more than anything.
Speaking of students: I used to swear up and down that I wouldn’t be a teacher. I came from a family FULL of teachers and guidance counselors, but I was so sure I was going to be a researcher. But I’m “cut from the teaching cloth,” as they say, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with a) talking to people about things I enjoy, b) watching students learn and grow, and c) the opportunity to be a life long learner. STEM has always been my passion, or maybe I should say STEAM, which includes art? Really I should say STEA, because math isn’t my thing - but now I’m just arguing semantics. I love science and nature, I consider myself an observer of “stuff,” which includes everything from bugs to birds to trees to rocks. I just like to look around outside. I had such wonderful opportunities; between being a National Geographic Hands-On Explorer Challenge Winner (travelled with NG researchers and 14 other students to South Africa in 2007), a 3rd place Grand Prize Winner in Environmental Management at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (2014), a Tulane Presidential Scholar Awardee (2015-19), and now alum and masters student (2020), my experiences with nature and STEM are “historical” and continuous and overwhelmingly positive. And THAT’S why I’m passionate about education - I could have never dreamt of the things I was able to do if I hadn’t had positive STEM role models (male and female) to guide and challenge me. I want to be that for my students. My resume is diverse, my background is varied - but I know this is my calling, and I can’t wait to begin!
So that’s me and my reasons. I love to chat about my passions and talk with like minded people. Send me a message below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on social media @cmlovesscience #cmlovesscience and #makescienceaccessibleagain!!!