I’ve been pretty one-sided with what I’ve been posting on Instagram so far, but not anymore. I may have been running competitively for 26 years, but I also started studying running 14 years ago. All of my research involves both experimental and mathematical modeling data. I got a masters in essentially running biomechanics and physiology, and, though my second masters and PhD are technically in applied math, my dissertation was on Tuning and Control in Human Locomotion, and my main PhD advisor studies running. A postdoc in neuromechanics of gait funded by an NSF fellowship followed. I used my fellowship to start a neuroscience camp for middle and high school girls in 2013. I left my tenure track position in Math/Stats this summer after three years, mainly because it allowed me to call out the severe gender bias in my department without retaliation. Now, I work at a startup that works with wearable running technology where I get to use all my degrees, even my two undergrad ones (math and physics). Though I am the only female there, I receive far more respect from my coworkers than I ever did as a female in academia. My company isn’t perfect, but, like me and unlike many of my academic colleagues, my coworkers are always striving to improve themselves and their products. I’m happy to be working to help people improve their running experience and performance. #running #science #biomechanics #physiology #optimalcontrol #appliedmathematics #womeninstem #womenintech #truthbeforeego #womeninmath #girlsinstem
Meet one of the Museum’s Helen Fellows, Cecina Babich Morrow. The Helen Fellowship is a one-year NYC residency at the Museum for post-baccalaureate women focused on computational research + educational outreach—and we’re looking for new applicants to apply by January 20! Cecina is a recent graduate of Kenyon College, where she studied biology and mathematics. She’s working with the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation on an open-source species distribution modeling software that will help identify the ranges of three-toed sloths. This work will contribute to an understanding of the biogeography of these species, as well as to methods for modeling the ranges of competitor species. Cecina hopes to spark a similar passion for mathematics and biology in her students. Do you know someone who would be interested in this Museum fellowship? Spread the word!
Photo: © M. Shanley/ AMNH
💫 Takes on #100DaysOfCode
It has been over a year since I deep dive in Python, especially due to coursework in C# and Java, but I am not giving up on reviewing the language to move forward to Machine Learning.
For today’s coding task, I decided to initiate my own challenge called, “Generation Born”, based on the user input of their age. I wanted to review the basics and incorporate my review of data structures.
Unfortunately, the code would not compile due to a few errors (i.e. line number 7 and my lists). I reviewed how to implement list in my code, but I cannot seem to get them to compile and think I may be doing it wrong.
Other than that, today was a very insightful day. For one, I had come to accept that it is okay to have errors and not having it done right the first time. Hopefully I can figure out how to correct my errors, if not, I will post to the community board in #stackoverflow
Do you know what’s wrong with my code? If so, let me know! .
🎵I do not compete / I am the game./ When people all talk / I switch up the lanes 🎶 .
👉🏾 Cred: Mariah Rucker (ME) #InfiniteMariah
Are you up for the challenge?
If so, link to challenge details posted in the comments! .
#MachineLearning #BlackGirlsCode #GirlsWhoCode #BlackGirlsRock #ArtificialIntelligence #Technology #Coding #Programming #womeninstem #WomenTech
🎼(queue the music, getting into my feelings tonight)🎼☺️
To Walk A Mile In The Blue Shoes:
Don’t be too in awe by my beautifully curated photos on instagram. If only you knew where I started, where I came from, my life’s story, you would probably cry. When I offer advice to people of, taking personal responsibility, personal accountability, no one owes you sh*t in life ... it’s because I’ve actually lived it. I tick every single box that society *claimed* was supposed to make me “a victim, marginalized, disproportionately represented, part of the statistics” blah, blah, blah ... you’re black, you’re female, you’re an immigrant, you’re in a male-dominated industry, society is unfair, blame the wealthy 1%, blah, blah, blah ... I ran sooo far away from the negative mindless noise and decided to define MY OWN life.
20 years later, they’ve changed their tune to ... how did you do it?!! Simple! It starts with YOU! Decide what you want, go after it, everyday slay YOUR OWN dragon, and get sh*t done. Stop expecting government to solve your problems. Stop envying people who have more than you and instead, be inspired by them. Ask questions. Get to work. Nothing in life is free. Nothing! Define your own destiny. And lastly ... be kind to everyone you meet. Remember, the butterfly was once a caterpillar.
Kyra is a lead organizer and cofounder of NSBEHacks. She is a fourth year student doing a Computer Science Specialist Degree at the University of Toronto.
Q: Why did you start NSBEHacks?
A: “In 2018 I discovered my love for hackathons. I was always the type of person who thinks of new , wacky ideas for ways technology can solve a problem so hackathons really became my outlet to bring my ideas to fruition. In 2018 I went to four different all-weekend hackathons and built projects that I still work on today ! However, what I noticed in every hackathon I went to was the stark lack of black or coloured people at each hackathon. Being one of the few black females made me feel very self conscious. I have definitely gotten looks of shock when I tell people I was a senior computer science student. When I reached out to my black friends and talked to them about hackathons, they made it seem like it wasn’t really a place for them or wasn’t worth going to. Thus, I used my unique position as the president of NSBE Uoft this year to create NSBEHacks Uoft. My vision for NSBEHacks is to be a place where black students - computer science, engineering, business, UX/UI, humanities, literally anyone alike can come together to build ideas they have been dreaming of and bring it to life. Yes, hackathons can already be intimidating but I wanted to minimize that by creating this space for black students to feel welcome and included in an industry that often treats us like an anomaly.” #NSBEuoft #NSBEhackathon #NSBeHacks2019 #hackathon #blackinstem #womeninstem #womenempowerment #womenintechnology #blackgirlmagic #herstory
MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES#@nsbehacks_uoft
Ayan is a lead and cofounder of NSBEHacks. She is a fourth year student doing Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Q: Why did you start NSBEHacks?
A: Having not attended a hackathon before, I was initially quite taken aback when the idea of launching NSBEHacks was proposed by my teammates, Kyra and Misan. I imagined hackathons to be events exclusive to experienced coders/programmers and was unsure if pulling off the event would be within our abilities. Nevertheless, it did not take long for me to get behind the idea, as I soon learned that hackathons were much more than producing fancy code for challenges. Hackathons are a great way to socialize with like-minded people, learn new skills and overall have a great time (not to mention the free food and swag!). To me, NSBEHacks is taking it all a step further, by providing a space for black students to feel connected, empowered, inspired. Being a minority in the tech field can be challenging- especially when you don’t see others around that look like you. I hope that NSBEHacks can help alleviate that pressure and encourage black students (regardless of their programming experience) to get involved and benefit from the opportunities hackathons provide.
#NSBEuoft #NSBEhackathon #NSBeHacks2019 #hackathon #blackinstem #womeninstem #womenempowerment #womenintechnology #blackgirlmagic #herstory
One of our 2019 Mentors Malgorzata Anna Gazda
MSc Biology Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland 2013, PhD BIODIV Programme University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, expected 2019
Location: Porto, Portugal
genetics, genomics, evolution, domestication
Have an independent scientific position, preferably as a group leader
Why should a protege pick you as a Mentor?
I am open minded, easy going, curious and very active person. I would like to be a role model for young ladies and I hope to help girls to develop their interest in science. I have a lot of experience with applying for different scholarships/positions, moving around and trying to do my best on the scientific career path, and I will be very happy to share that knowledge and experience. Finally, if you want to know why the woman in science matter please watch this video!
https://www.facebook.com/cibio.inbio/videos/2027615604126721/. Contact Email: email@example.com
#womeninspiringwomen #Science #womenempowerment #mentorship #FutureLeader #womeninstem #babescientist #babescientists #2019Mentor #2019Mentors
to the beginning of the month where we celebrated our sponsors and their guests at the TuesdayNights Holiday Dinner for Founders and VC’s. It was an incredible evening, full of laughter, support, and connection. We were proud to feature nonprofit: USNC LA for UN Women, empowering women from local to global. Our dynamic community is growing and expanding, and we are so excited for the opportunities, ideas, and relationships being created! Thank you to our amazing sponsors for supporting us and our mission!