by Megan Sperry
by Megan Sperry
The release of Oystir is something I find super exciting. It is a powerful search tool for matching your skills and expertise with jobs at big and small companies across sectors. I think it is awesome for PhDs in the sciences and engineering because we come away from grad school with a hodgepodge of (potentially, hopefully) desirable skills. Even if you are still in grad school, you should check it out and make a profile. You can even see what skills you need to work on to land your favorite jobs.
The first class of women are set to graduate from Army Ranger School this month-- "the Army's premier combat leadership course, teaching Ranger students how to overcome fatigue, hunger, and stress to lead Soldiers during small unit combat operations." Despite this significant achievement, it is unclear how the Army will handle the incorporation of women into more direct combat roles, such as the prestigious 75th Ranger Regiment, the Army’s premier light-infantry unit. The Army has until January 1, 2016 to make final decisions about these changes. Stay tuned...
The NY Times brought the world a startling perspective on Amazon this week, highlighting the cut-throat and brutal techniques the company uses to drive productivity and creativity in its employees. While some former employees remember people consistently crying at their desks and call it a place, “Where overachievers go to feel bad about themselves,” others described their love-hate relationship with the company. “A lot of people who work there feel this tension: It’s the greatest place I hate to work.” Is their another side to this story? Maybe. But an interesting window into a mysterious company nonetheless.
by Megan Sperry
Between the #DistractinglySexy campaign from June and the newest #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement, this summer has been full of girl power on social media and I love it. Clearly, significant change does not happen over a single summer and certainly not through a single hashtag campaign. However, I feel that communities are being built through women sharing their work and passions on Twitter. Some may call it slacktivism, but I think it a step forward towards bigger changes. More, please!
I don’t often watch Fox News, so I didn’t know much about Megyn Kelly until Thursday night’s GOP debate, where Kelly asked some sharp (and excellent) questions of the Republican presidential candidates. When you begin to cause Donald Trump noticeable anxiety, you know you are asking the right questions. Trump later promoted tweets that called Kelly a bimbo and then stated that, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Future US president material? I don’t think so. Next!
Welter is the NFL’s first female coach, working with the Arizona Cardinals for training camp and preseason.
Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling’s newest book will hit shelves (and tablets!) in September. Excerpts were released this week from an essay she writes about gaining confidence in Hollywood. "People talk about confidence without ever bringing up hard work. That's a mistake," she writes. "I know I sound like some dour older spinster chambermaid on Downton Abbey who has never felt a man's touch and whose heart has turned to stone, but I don't understand how you could have self-confidence if you don't do the work."
Apple Research Kit
With new and enhanced features being added to AppleKit in the upcoming release this November, Apple is marketing the ability to, “Take research out of the lab and into the real world.” Dr. Eduardo Sanchez of the American Heart Association stated, in support of AppleKit, that, “Numbers are everything. The more people who contribute their data, the bigger the numbers, the truer the representation of a population, and the more powerful the results. A research platform that allows large amounts of data to be collected and shared — that can only be a positive thing for medical research.” I’m excited to see what comes out of these open-source programs and research collaborations.