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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Greetings

Hello World!
I hope you are doing well. I am pleased to be on the mend and back on line. I am still sorting out my life in tech and the many many opportunities it tempts me with. I have moved places, jobs, left old (work) loves and found new ones and encountered the opportunity to return to the roots of my scientific training in vision science. For the rest of this year, I will try to focus my efforts on a just a few things, like this blog, rather than take on so many things. I am excited to have more balance while still doing things I love (work and non work) with the friends and family I love.

I recently enjoyed watching the new Star Wars Solo movie, it had a diverse cast, relevant messages about respect, a little humor, and lots of adventure. Of course, there is no sound in the vacuum of space, but a movie with no soundtrack would be an odd movie. It is a question I was asked once- what is the soundtrack to your life? I would immediately want to analyze and scientifically examine sound. There is a lot of STEM in that field! I recommend this neuroscience of music documentary http://pbsinternational.org/programs/musical-brain-the/ .
Music and the arts however, are important to experience and enjoy, not just analyze. It reminds me I need to sometimes step away from my mind and just be. Just listen. This also ties to STEM of course, as now mindfulness is being examined scientifically
https://www.mindful.org/the-science-of-mindfulness/

I imagine my life soundtrack has a bit of classical, country, techno, and more, perhaps even, Katy Perry's Roar :)


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Greetings from Nigeria

Hello World!
I am so excited to be on the TechWomen delegation team to Nigeria recently. We immersed ourselves in the incredible tech ecosystem that is this beautiful and talented country. I have met so many designer engineers, artist businesswomen, and just all around phenomenal people. I am so grateful for the wonderful experience and can't wait to go back and can't wait to share pictures! I am trying to realign my life a bit, I've moved and changed positions (still STEM) and am taking care of health needs, as well as updating my tech so it actually works instead of getting in my way. I appreciate everyone who still checks this blog out, so much more to come!
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#givingTuesday

Hello World!
How are you? Happy Tuesday, I imagine it is hard to not realize that it is also #givingTuesday, a time that charities, non profits, and movements ask for your contributions. It can be challenging to give money, especially if you shopped with Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or if you are just not in a spot to shop at all. I realized today though, that you can give time, talent, awareness and positive energy to the causes you care about and I believe, it is just as valuable. I gave a talk at my university today and it was a simple thing, to share my knowledge and experiences, but it seemed to matter. I left feeling energized and inspired, like the real giving was really to me. That is the beauty of giving your time to things you care about, it comes back to you in ways you don’t expect. I am grateful to be able to give and receive and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sorry not sorry?

Hello World!
I’m still here, and back where I was before, feeling bad about my lack of blogging. To anyone who has missed my posts I am truly sorry. I realized however I am not sorry for pursuing my dreams and living a stylish STEM life, which is busy crazy fun and the like. From Science Friday with Ira Flatow to meeting fashion designer scientists, to writing book chapters, to spending time with family, life in the STEM lane is always busy. Can I be better with my time, tech, writing, etc? Yes. But I do not want to apologize for being me, the only thing I can be. Being surrounded by awesome ladies who also strive to have a positive impact while balancing demands has taught me, we can always be better and we can always be worse, Together we rise and be greater than the sum of our parts. We should never feel bad about that!
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Monday, April 24, 2017

astronauts and actresses

Hello World!
What do the two careers in the post title have in common? They are both women! I went to an event the other day where I got to hang out with my astronaut colleague Dr. Cagle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvonne_Cagle to support her really amazing outreach for STEM and while I was there, I met the super cool actress from Hidden Figures, Karan Kendrick!

Karan Kendrick | Check Out the Celebrity Arrivals at The Hunger Games ...

I encourage you to check out her site and girls empowerment tour (and awesome t-shirt and other swag that supports women in STEM) http://www.karankendrick.com/

In a later talk by Dr. Cagle, I learned how she came to be on stage at the 2017 Oscars with the entire cast and the original Hidden Figures. She shared that every journey starts with a dream and a step, and every step gets you closer to a goal, though you don't always know it at the time. Both ladies shared the importance of working smart, positive attitude, and going for your passion- no matter what anyone says. I am inspired, and know that I must make the time to blog more, and dream more.  I don't know that I will ever be on an Oscar stage, but I am inspired to dream Big and dream STEM! What's your dream?
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Women and Drones

Hello World!
What an amazing past year it has been, I have completed more school, given over 50 talks advocating STEM, diversity, and technology, made new friends and found new topics to enjoy. I am so very grateful for a life in STEM. Recently, I was fortunate to recently meet the super cool, stylish, smart, and lovely President of Women in Drones!

Did you know women are drone operators, makers, pilots, designers, and more? We Are! And we have so much to offer this relatively new field, equity and diversity are more encouraged and possible than ever before. It is very exciting. Check out the links below for more!

http://womenanddrones.com/

http://fortune.com/2015/07/01/women-drone-industry/
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/9-incredible-ways-apos-using-145141619.html

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My Life in Tech

Hello World!
Wow, time is truly flying. It seems I am always apologizing for my lack of blogging. It is certainly not for a lack of tech, or a lack of caring. My life in tech has had me literally all over the world and sometimes out of internet! I would not trade it for anything. I am very grateful to be doing these things and living my dreams. I hope you are out living your dreams too.

Some of the fun recent techy things I've been up to- I am excited to have been selected for Silicon Valley's 2017 Women of Influence award, going to Central Asia with Techwomen, South Africa with 500 start ups geeks on a plane African Technology Foundation, Spelman College for their annual Research Festival, User Testing to talk about vision science, and more!

Here are a few of my favorite pics from recent adventures. I don't know if I have mastered style while traveling, but I do think STEM (to include arts, manufacturing, etc.) can allow you to live as glamorous as any celebrity if you choose!

From Central Asia,


To Southern Most Africa,
The future of STEM is clear and here!

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