First, the AAAS organizers seriously misunderstood in the draw of its Workshops for Women and Minorities. It was standing room only with people spilling out into the hallway for many sessions. While out in the hall listening to the workshop Career Boosters for Women and Minority Scientists, I re-learned about the Just-Garia-Hill Project. Actually AcmeGirl told me about it at the ScienceOnline09 Conference, but the message didn't sink in. The man at the podium as Dr. Robert Dottin, the Director of JGH discussed his career experiences and the creation of the Virtual Community of Minority Scientists. I was stalking him for the remainder of the conference; but I was unsuccessful at finding him again. The Just Garcia Hill Project is an online community for scientists of color and individuals/organizations interested in promoting diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Named after three pioneering minority professionals, JustGarciaHill is committed to increasing the number of minorities entering science careers and to celebrating contributions to science by minority scientists.
Related to that…the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is now assembling a database of minority women scientists and engineers. I signed up and if you would like you name added to the list email me and let me know. Please provide your name, title, and email address. AWIS is a fabulous organization (and membership is NOT limited to women). In the past I was a more active member of my local chapter, here in St. Louis. AWIS hosts several social networking, professional development, and outreach activities here. Most major cities and/or universities have an AWIS chapter. It’s worth inquiring about.
Speaking of AWIS…the Women and Minorities Networking Breakfast at AAAS was sponsored by AWIS and I saw a familiar face, Kelly Malcom of Duke University. Why does she tell me that THE Shirley Malcom is her mother. What!
Finally, a good friend and scientist called my attention to the fact that Steve Benner was presenting on the last day of the Conference. Dr. Benner is a molecular biologist who postulates what life might be like on other planets m- neat hypothetical, mind-stretching stuff. It was a very interesting panel – all about Weird Life. I did manage to take a picture of him, but that was the best I could do.