science

7:30pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Women in STEM: Interview with Stanford math education researcher Jo Boaler

Back in 1992, toy company Mattel nearly had to recall its “Teen Talk” Barbie. Women’s groups protested the doll’s use of the phrase “Math class is tough.” They called it out for indirectly perpetuating a harmful stereotype-- that boys and men are better at math than girls and women. Research -- especially over the last 10 years -- has shown there is no innate difference in math ability between males and females. And yet the stereotype persists. Women earn 43% of all college math degrees, yet their presence is scarce in the higher echelons of mathematics.

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9:42am

Thu February 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

Kick off Women's History Month with "Science and Gender" on Philosophy Talk

Londa Schiebinger

What does gender have to do with science? The obvious answer is ‘nothing.’ Science is the epitome of an objective, rational, and disinterested enterprise. But has male dominance in science contributed certain unfounded assumptions or cognitive biases to the ‘objectivity’ of scientific inquiry? Is there any possibility of achieving a gender-neutral science, and if so, what would that look like?

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10:56am

Fri February 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

Philosophy Talk Live at the Marsh Berkeley 2/16

This Sunday, join John Perry and Ken Taylor, along with Ian Shoales the Sixty-Second Philosopher, the Roving Philosophical Reporter, and musical guests The Plāto'nes, for two brand-new live recordings of Philosophy Talk.

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5:40pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Exhibit examines the social evolution of mental health

The Changing Face of What is Normal from Angela Penny

What is the definition of normal? Over 25 percent of the US population over age 18 suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.

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5:22pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Biohacking project a glowing controversy

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antonyevans/glowing-plants-natural-lighting-with-no-electricit

When we think of garage scientists, eccentric, gray-haired Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future might come to mind. But these days, garages seem a little old-fashioned -- especially when you can work in a tricked out DIY Bio Lab. DIY, or Do It Yourself, labs are for citizen scientists to collaborate. Rather than for profit, the projects are for learning -- things like building robots and printing live cells from 3-D printers. Collective membership dues make the fancy lab equipment affordable. And that’s the goal: make science more accessible, and less intimidating. 

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