STEMinism Sunday: Maud Leonora Menten

Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. Have you ever heard of Maud Leonora Menten? I hadn’t, until last week, when I read this fascinating post about her life and work. In 1911, she became the first Canadian woman to earn a medical degree. After completing her PhD, she went on to revolutionize...

April Showers Indeed

It’s a grey, rainy Friday and I’m seriously tempted to go back to bed until spring shows up. I’m also feeling very grateful that I live in an area that is not seriously affected by flooding, and a great deal of helpless compassion for those in Ontario and Quebec who are not so lucky. And a lot of rage for people who continue to deny that climate change, which affects patterns of precipitation as well as temperature, is a thing. Especially after reading A Farewell to Ice, by Peter Wadhams, which includes some truly terrifying data about the melting...

Move Over, SUE, There’s a New T. Rex in Town

Of all the dinosaurs in all the world, SUE the T. rex might be the most famous. The most complete T. rex skeleton ever found, SUE is likely also the most well-traveled. Her bones, or at least casts of them, have been displayed all over the world. The casts I saw in Nova Scotia came with bilingual displays written in English and Arabic! But there’s a new king of the dinosaurs in town, and his name is Scotty. Named after a bottle of Scotch the scientists toasted his 1991 discovery with, Scotty is only 65% complete, compared to SUE’s...