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Okay so leaving my birthplace in Southern California was incredibly hard for me, especially during this stressful time, but I came home this evening so BOOKS BY FRIENDS! So, a thread, in the order that I opened them. First AHHHHHHH @sjjphd @moyazb AHHHHH
REAL LIFE IS HERE BY @blgtylr, who will always be BlackandSTEM fam. YAY!
I cannot wait to read @DocDre in tandem with #HashtagActivism!! This is us, #BlackandSTEM!
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When you just wanted to ask a professional question and get an answer but have to deal with a racist response #BlackandSTEM
So the situation I was just in, by the way, I was aware that I was both going to be judged by scientists with power over my career if they didn't like my tone -- possibly with real professional consequences -- and by students if they felt I didn't fight back enough. LOSE LOSE
I really hope that students understand that if someone ever doesn't lean into the fight, there might be reasons that they don't know about -- junior faculty aren't as powerful as it is easy to imagine, and there is real risk in pushing back.
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Spent the day doing theoretical physics. Now I’m reading about the tourist attraction in South Carolina where members of my family were enslaved. The fam was split up β€” some stayed in Barbados & some were taken to SC. All owned by one American family. This is #BlackandSTEM life.
I’m reading about how people can have their weddings and other private events at the place where my family was enslaved, at the house literally built out of the blood sweat & tears of my ancestors. About how hard the community works to preserve the plantation. #BlackHistoryMonth
The people having private events there in the pictures are mostly white. So are the people in the preservation photos.
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At the rate that American academia disposed of its own Black PhDs in physics, there is zero chance of fair representation in the ranks of tenure track faculty. The system is broken, and it is deeply racist.

Happy Valentine’s Day! #BlackandSTEM #BlackHistoryMonth
Y’all love talking about underrepresented racial minorities in your NSF proposals but fuck if you’re gonna hire one to be a colleague
American academics: we have to do something for the minorities
American academics: <gives minorities a hard time>

American academics: none of the minorities are as accomplished as the people we greased the wheels for!
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#BLACKandSTEM #rollcall:

I do dark matter, neutron stars, X-ray and gamma-ray astrophysics, and particle physics model-building. I'm the first Black woman to hold a faculty position in theoretical cosmology and the only one in particle theory right now.

THANK YOU to @ThePurplePage who really changed my life by creating the #BlackandSTEM hashtag and community, @blackandstem.
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Really appreciate being included in this #BlackHistoryMonth list AND I want STEM faculty to look through the last 25 people β€” rising stars β€” and see if someone is a fit for a faculty hire in your department ✊🏽 Hire #BlackandSTEM!!!…
Since we are on the topic of hiring/representation, I want to say skin color: I am Black. There are Black people who are paler than me. Skin color doesn’t determine how pro-Black you are.

BUT it matters for dark skinned students to see people who look like them. AND
It matters for students of all shades and races to understand that dark skinned people are scientists too β€” and have been this whole time.

So, as you’re surveying your programs etc: are the students typically light skinned? Are you producing PhDs from ppl across the spectrum?
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He was in fact the first African American to earn a PhD in *any* subject from an American university, one of the first ten people of any race to earn a PhD in physics from an American university, and one of the first Americans to earn a PhD in any subject in the US.
#BlackandSTEM were there from the beginning.
When Bouchet warned his PhD from Yale, American PhD programs were a new phenomenon, only about 15-20 years old. Before that people had to go to Europe to get a PhD.
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Happy Black History Month 2020 ✨✊🏾

Every day this month I’ll be highlighting the accomplishments of a different Black female scientist, engineer, inventor, or STEM educator πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ«

We are here. We’ve been here. We belong here. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ”¬πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ«πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ­

#BlackWomenInSTEM #BlackAndSTEM #BHM2020
Marie M. Daly, PhD
β€’1947 - first Black woman to receive a chemistry PhD in the U.S! πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ”¬
β€’research: hypertension & artery blockage -> better understand heart attacks
β€’tenured professor at Albert Einstein
β€’est. scholarship for Af-Am science students at Queens College πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸŽ“
Shirley Ann Jackson, PhD
β€’1973 - first Af-Am woman to receive a PhD from MIT & second Af-Am woman to obtain a physics PhD in the U.S.!
β€’1999 - first woman & first Af-Am president of Reselaer Polytechnic Inst.
β€’2016 - awarded National Medal of Science by President Obama πŸ…
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Thanks to all of the incredibly impressive suggestions, I created a #BlackAndSTEM Twitter list. I'll keep adding to it as I run across (or y'all tag) more people. You can subscribe to the list and/or look at the members for follow suggestions.
PS- I'm working on more lists. There isn't enough RTng to do justice to all the important voices out there. Feel free to tag me with more suggestions! In case it must be said: these lists aren't for my personal gain, profit, or anything of the sort. It's simply #ForTheCulture ✊🏾
Correction to the link in the prior tweet. Access the Black and STEM List here:…
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Do you want a PAID internship @ArchboldStation? The Avian Ecology Program is hiring for the 2020 field season!…
@ArchboldStation Who should apply? People with an undergraduate degree and some field experience who are looking for independent research experience.
#blackandSTEM #VanguardSTEM #lgbtstem
@ArchboldStation People who like working as part of a team. Our program has a lot of members and is led by award-winning researcher and mentor @reed_bowman
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(or rather the battle happens AFTER some very important pomp & circumstance) #2019MMM
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For #PiDay + #WomensHistoryMonth, I honor an eminent, glass-ceiling-breaking mathematician, Dr. Loretta Marion Murray Braxton. In the 1950’s, her 1st math prof in college in VA told her that she was in the wrong classes, b/c "only boys took higher-level math classes."1/14
Undeterred, Loretta Braxton won an NSF to do an MS in math in a top program at the University of Illinois, obtained a doctorate, and taught the 1st African American who formed a billion-dollar company, Reginald Lewis. #PiDay #Fearless 2/N
As a math teacher, professor, and 15 years as chair of the math department at @VSUTrojans, Loretta Braxton mentored several generations of math students, many of whom became teachers + college or university professors themselves. #BlackAndSTEM 3/14
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Less than a day tweeting here and I'm already being asked to comment on gender in science/academia. No surprise to any of my fellow #womeninSTEM...
I have a lot to say about women in science - the barriers we face and what we can do to change things for the better. But I also wish that we could sometimes just be scientists, and didn't have to always be Women In Science.
It's not great to feel the pressure to represent an entire marginalised community (like @xkcdComic shows below). Not just #womeninSTEM, but #queerinSTEM #BLACKandSTEM #LatinxinSTEM and a lot of others who feel pressure to be a 'model minority'.
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Hi you can get paid $35,000+ to do research on the brain for 5 or 6 whole years of your life.

If you're low income you can apply to grad school for free, if the schools dont require GRE 😊
Stipends vary at different institutions and in different fields but almost every biomedical research PhD program in the US will pay YOU to get your PhD.

You dont need a master's beforehand either.
People get mad at me every time I tweet this, but you can totally apply to PhD programs as a backup plan.

If you've done research and love it but don't know if you wanna do it for the rest of your life, you can still apply and see if it's something you're into.
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