So. It's been a week with Trump in the white house and I guess we can conclude that he is not waiting around to take action on the things he said he would do while campaigning. On the one hand I'm just a spectator who lives in a different country, and objectively, this change is not that different from what happened in Turkey recently, with government changing to what extend they control people and their freedom to express their opinion, etc. But with the US being the country out of which we (Europeans, broadly speaking) get most of our media, entertainment and science, it feels much closer.
@Chall talks about International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
@Doctor_PMS summarizes scientific evidence on how to get scientific evidence across.
As an inhabitant of a small European country, what can we do here? Do we boycott everything coming out of the US, like we did when France was doing nuclear tests back in the 90s? (when, as a consequence, we discovered all these other wine countries like South Africa, Argentina and Chile). I have no answers. Well, maybe these 2 additional links:
Dutch respond with international safe abortion fund
This hilarious video that probably the whole world has already seen.
And finally, some science:
Science Magazine had a paper that was pretty widely picked up by the media about gender stereotypes about intellectual ability that cause 6 year old girls to already feel that being 'really really smart' is something for boys. However, @StuartJRitchie had quite some critical remarks about how their stats was run and whether they could actually draw these conclusions from their paper (click through to twitter for the entire thread):
I'm a little late this week with my (very short) link love post, but at least now I can include a link to ALL the pictures of ALL these women and allies marching to protest against Trump. It warmed my heart to see so many people taking part in this.
An (older) NPR Hidden Brain podcast about closing the door on one career (and dream) and opening another.
Finally, I started following illustrator Jacky Fleming on twitter who makes things like this:
This week's links people! Hope you've had a good week, mine was busy and exciting with starting the new work thing and ended with a very interesting symposium day. The only downside was that the symposium was held in a pretty historic church, that was - like historic churches tend to be - FREEZING cold. Seriously, at the end of the day people were wearing winter coats and blankets but still shivering. Ironically, some of the symposium was about hypothermia.
Lauren Drogos is starting a blog featuring profiles of women in STEM.
A paper about Who reads science blogs and why? (also: so many science blogs I had never heard of!)
A new Diversity Journal Club next week on Addressing entrenched beliefs.
Why 80s babies are different than other millenials.
The New PI on ways to stick with your new year's resolutions.
A journey to sobriety.
Like all those people in the gym in the first week of January, I'm also getting a good start on my blogging resolutions by offering you my first link love post!
Getting Unstuck - a Hidden Brain podcast episode about how there is not one right career path, but rather you can experiment with different prototypes of your ideal career. Not sure if this also holds true for the rather linear career path in academia...?
Are bias- and privilege-free PhD admissions possible? - Doc Becca is blogging again and there is an interesting discussion going on here.
Giving up on academic stardom
New Year frustrations
Ten easy ways you can support diversity in academia
2016 in cycle science research