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Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

#DistractinglySexy: Fighting Science Sexism Online

Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 2-3
310 E 5th ST

Here's just one example of how Twitter has been used to fight science sexism. Tim Hunt, Nobel prize winner, made comments last year that highlighted attitudes many women face in science: "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them they cry." Women scientists took to Twitter in response with the hashtag #distractinglySexy to highlight the serious scientific work they were doing. In this panel, we look at how social media can be used to fight sexism in science, highlight some of the recent viral activities on this front, and discuss why it matters.

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Jennifer Golbeck

Assoc Professor of Information Studies

University of Maryland

Nicole Cabrera Salazar at SXSW

Nicole Cabrera Salazar

Astronomy PhD Candidate

Georgia State University

Nicole E. Cabrera Salazar was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Miami, Florida. Now an astronomy Ph.D. student at Georgia State University, Nicole spends part of her time collaborating with th...

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Summer Ash

Dir of Outreach

Columbia University


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