Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November diversity awareness and observances

Hello World!
Happy November to you! I am pleased to share the monthly list from Theta Nu Xi, multicultural sorority inc. of different observances, campaigns, and days of observance to further your awareness, education, and diversity skills. Happy November!

  • Addiction Awareness Month
  • Child Safety and Prevention Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • MADD's Tie One on For Safety Holiday Campaign
  • National Adoption Month
  • National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
  • National American Indian Heritage Month
  • National Child Mental Health Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • National Impotency Month
  • National Inspiration Role Models Month
  • National Long Term Care Awareness Month
  • National Marrow Awareness Month
  • National Military Family Month
  • National Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Sexual Health Month
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Day of Mourning - November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • International Day for Tolerance - November 16

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Club

Hello World!
I hope you are having a frightfully good day (feel free to read a past post in the science of scary). I am writing today to share about something one can do when you are new in town and feeling uncertain, and that is find a supportive interest group! I did just such a search and found the club, a women's technology leader group and I attended one of their events. It was fantastic! I met diverse women who were all nice, welcoming, and supportive. It is important, whatever you do, to have a network of people to rely on, and it always amazes me how much more a person can grow and accomplish with a group! At this meeting they had the VP from Pandora (the music service) and she spoke of the need to be curious and face your fears when pursuing your passion. She also talked about an "itty bitty committee" that rests on your shoulders telling you negative things that keep you from your full potential. It is necessary to quiet these voices and we do this by addressing the doubts (asking questions, answering what if, etc) and letting our curiosity take over (there will be no room for fear)! I really enjoyed her talk, it was genuine and real and fun to listen to. She owned her talents and imperfections and did not let doubt or the like keep her from her dreams. I also heard from a different speaker who discussed the fear and lack of opportunity of being around other women, only to discover what a powerful force such groups can be. So on this day known as Halloween to many, traditionally associated with fright, I encourage you to find Your group, and have a hauntingly good night!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

World's largest wind tunnel

Hello World!
The other day I had the opportunity to tour the world's largest wind tunnel! It was quite a sight!

You might wonder what the purpose of such a large wind tunnel is, besides of course, generating mass amounts of wind... I learned that new airplanes get tested for their aerodynamics (ensuring your safety), old airplanes, such as the Wright brothers plane (replica) was tested for its aerodynamic design, and other objects that fly get tested here, such as the Mars Rover parachutes. The ability to test an object provides both knowledge and the ability to see if it would work as designed, before a catastrophic failure or to maximize performance. I know the team who worked at the wind tunnel (from the director to the interns) loved their job. Pretty cool!

(Photo from YouTube of car in wind tunnel testing)

Here are some neat sites I found where you can learn more, learn the math behind aerodynamics, and even make your own (virtual) wind tunnel to test your ideas! 

Have a windyfull day ;)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NASA nails

Hello World!
I recently attended the 75th anniversary of NASA Ames research center and spotted these fabulous nails at the event! I just love when fashion and science go together. 

I also loved seeing around 120K or so people come out to support STEM! From Mars rovers to industry partners to the mass gathering of 150 food trucks, there was something for everyone. My favorite was the world's largest wind tunnel (to be posted). For more about Ames and what they do, (and some cool opportunities!) check out
It is exciting to be in STEM, you create what your future holds! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Hello World!
I hope you are doing well, I read this interesting article and wanted to share. It discusses cognition and meta cognition (thinking about thinking) and ways we can all improve our abilities, such as flexibility, curiosity, and embracing development over the idea one is either born with it or not.

It is helpful to me to remind myself the power of our thoughts and the influence on our lives... I encourage you to read the article and enjoy some food for thought! 

Wonder what Rodin's thinking person sculpture thinks? For a little art with your science check out


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

If the shoe fits

Hello World!
I saw this interesting article on shoe fitting  and wanted to share! It had some good pointers that I found useful and I thought you might too (for shoe physics you can check out earlier posts!).


Monday, October 6, 2014

The astronista

Hello World!
I enjoy reading other blogs as well as writing them and wanted to share this super nifty blog I found;

The astronista is also by a female scientist, with an interest in fashion. She actually makes science themed clothes and shoes and sells them too. She is a student, works for a planetarium, and posts fun and educational info.
I hope you enjoy!