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Showing posts from July, 2017

Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now (within science)

“This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader” Art and science, although they seem like two separate entities, are linked together with a special bond that connects them together (pun intended). Designers and scientists complete each other’s work, for example, scientists need to collaborate with designers because they need their skills to help them visualise data and enticing methods of communicating science. Therefore, each entity completes the other. During my experience in the medical communications field, a design was an essential part of our final products. Accompanying the medical writers, designers and artists collaborated with our scientific team to create elaborate sci-art which complements the PowerPoint slides or the infographic or a video-visual of a reaction or a function in the body. One of the best visuals I have seen was an elaborate PowerPoint slide showing the connection between diabetes and its effect on cardiovascular d

Science Not Silence

Can you imagine a world without politics? Would the world be a better place without politics?  Or would humans invent politics anyway, if it didn't exist?  Knowledge is power... I try to stay away from politics as much as possible because it's a definite prescription for stress and fluctuating blood pressure. But when it coincides with your life and career, you can't ignore it. Especially when science collides with politics. Both divisions are not exclusive, they both affect the economy, education and healthcare.  During my search through the internet on the connection between science and politics, I found a quote from an article that summarises the link in one simple sentence: "Science is the pursuit of knowledge, knowledge is power, and power is politics" [10] Politicians play a big role in the funding of scientific research and how big a budget is set up for each specific research area. But it's not always about restrict

Beauty and Brains: My Opinion

Today’s post was brought to my attention by the awesome Samantha Yammine ( SamanthaZY on twitter) and she’s been a great leader of the fight against STEM stereotypes. (N.B This is not me! Photo from PIxabay CC0) Earlier this week, a popular cosmetics company launched a new product accompanied by a stereotypical slogan that refers to the idea that adorning a made-up face is more important than attending your lessons or lectures. I’m sure you’ve seen this advertisement shared around social media and I don’t think the company needs any more advertisement than the current social media attention it is currently receiving.  All over Twitter and Instagram, women in STEM have been responding with outrage, to the advertisement, sharing their beautiful selfies and their powerful academic credentials.  We, as Women In STEM, will not give in to stereotypes and we will not be silenced.  Every one of us is pursuing her career to the fullest, whether we’re in undergrad, masters or PhD