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Sunday, February 01, 2009

It’s Black History Month! Celebrate Science and African-American Achievements

All year is great time to learn more about science and the people who make the discoveries. But February offers a great opportunity to learn about the achievements of African-Americans (and others from the African Diaspora) in the sciences. So I’m introducing a new Blog Carnival – Diversity in Science. Blogs of every genre are invited to write a special feature post about a person who is a pioneer and/or innovator in any of the amazing fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Tell us all about him/her?
How has this person impacted field of STEM and/or inspired you?
Or why is his/her story interesting?

With this being Black History Month, the inaugural carnival will be about African-American Innovators. Simply post a fabulous essay about any science hero past or present and submit it to the carnival. Deadline is Friday, February 20th. I’ll host this first edition of Diversity in Science on Tuesday, February 24.

The inspiration to create this Blog carnival was born of the ScienceOnline09 Conference in the Race & Science session, co-moderated by AcmeGirl. However, the conversation about diversity began in the Gender in Science session moderated by Suzanne Franks, Abel Pharmboy and Alice Pawley.
Together, the two Diversity sessions touched on the current state of diversity in the sciences, the role of allies to support women and minority scientists, and how to encourage more minority participation in science blogging. In fact, one line of conversation that really struck me was the idea of using the internet, blogs in particular, to share with others the diversity of the scientific community. The Web provides new methods and means for action and effecting positive change in the public’s perception of minorities in science and even attracting kids into science. Blog rolling, giving blog awards, guest blogging, and writing profile/interview posts are great ways to promoting science, nature, technology and engineering to new audiences as wells promote blogs written by persons of color. And a Blog Carnival about Diversity in Science is a perfect way to build cross-community relationships among the many different internet communities, for example science and nature blogging communities, African-American blogging communities and social-political commentary blogging communities.

So how about joining the already committed science and Blacks in Higher Education Bloggers is this Carnival? Together we can help create a beautiful mosaic of diversity of STEM like the pictures of my friends from science conferences.


Diversity in Science Carnival
Deadline Friday, February 20th.
Submit via the Blog Carnival Submission link or leave your link in the comments.
Advertise and promote the blog, now and when it is published.

Finally, get ready for the second edition of Diversity in Science with March – Women’s History Month: Celebrate Women Innovators.

40 comments:

acmegirl said...

Danielle, this is awesome! You know I will write a post for this carnival, and I'm about to pot up a post to advertise about it on my blog. Thanks for kicking it off!

I've never used the submission site before - could you maybe say a little about how it works? I noticed the link for submission you gave just takes you to a generic page. After poking around a bit, I found that this link http://blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_6257.html takes you to a page with the carnival name already selected.

lisaschaos said...

Should be fun! :) Like, George Washington Carver? :)

DNLee said...

yep! hope you join in or at least tune in.

Drugmonkey said...

You are very inspirational. I am taking a slightly different approach but my first effort is here.

GirlPostdoc said...

I'm there!

Rabiah said...

This is a fabulous idea. A great opportunity to reflect on scientists who have made historical contributions to science, as well as learn about the hidden gems doing exciting work right here and now. I look forward to seeing the entries. And thanks for adding us to your blogroll - I've enjoyed your site!

liliannattel said...

I couldn't figure out how to use the form. But here's the link: Read about Dr. Daniel Hale Willams here.

PhizzleDizzle said...

Here is my submission!!

http://phizzledizzle.blogspot.com/2009/02/diversity-in-science-carnival-black.html

Female Engineering Professor said...

I don't have blog, but if I did, I would write about Ayanna Howard. Here's a link if someone would like to run with it (or just read about Ayanna).

Drugmonkey said...

Yasmin L. Hurd, Ph.D.

Chana K. Akins, Ph.D.

DNLee said...

Okay, I'm cataloging ALL of these great entries...and I am LOVING the discipline diversity being respresented.

Janet D. Stemwedel said...

My contribution is up:

Profiles in mentoring: Dr. James E. LuValle

Pat said...

Hey Danielle

Here is mine on Freeman Hrabowski.

http://www.fairerscience.org/fs-blogs/2009/02/

Drugmonkey said...

The NAS has an interesting portrait gallery online.

GirlPostdoc said...
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GirlPostdoc said...

Okay one more time: Here's my post it's on Katherine Okikolu.

http://girlpostdoc.blogspot.com/2009/02/diversity-in-science.html

Drugmonkey said...

Percy L. Julian, Ph.D..

ScienceWoman said...

Here's my post. I hope it made it in under the deadline:
http://scienceblogs.com/sciencewoman/2009/02/dr_ashanti_pyrtle_combining_a.php

acmegirl said...

Hi, Danielle

Hope it is not too late for my entry - I was having computer problems earlier this evening. I submitted it at the Blog Carnival site, but here's the link just in case:

Erich Jarvis

Zuska said...

I know I am way too late for the carnival deadline but I wanted to add this post link to the comments here:
http://scienceblogs.com/thusspakezuska/2009/02/african-american_women_in_high.php

It's about Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith, provost of Drew University and, more generally, about grooming leaders.

Isis the Scientist said...

Isis's contribution is here.

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