#DistractinglySexy: Fighting Science Sexism Online
Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Westin Austin Downtown
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.
Assoc Professor of Information Studies
University of Maryland
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...Show the rest
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 the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble (IPAG) in France. Nicole is also a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Chateaubriand Fellowship, which allow her to continue her international research.
Nicole is dedicated to science advocacy, public education & outreach, and science communication. She believes in making science fun and interesting for everyone, and that science education makes for an empowered and informed society.
As an advocate for equity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), she also believes that everyone should have access to science regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, or socioeconomic status.Hide the rest
Dir of Outreach