Women In Technology - Friday Links - 18/09/2020

Sep 21, 2020
  • Machine learning, gender in technology and open science

Computational scientist and founder of women++ Alex Sokolowska on an engaging podcast that very much resonated with me.

I used to be happy-go-lucky for many years, I was used to being the only female throughout my studies,

but at a certain stage of your career when you start facing career advancement and social pressure, you start thinking..

It takes years to make social change, but just waiting for it to come is not the way to go.

https://audioboom.com/posts/7432452-on-her-way-to-silicon-valley-aleksandra-sokolowska

 

And how women++ managed to make a women-friendly hackathon?

https://medium.com/womenplusplus/what-does-it-take-to-make-a-women-friendly-hackathon-6337b12f7d81

 

  • Mentorship

Michelle Obama on the importance of mentorship, personal growth in the workplace and the presence of another woman in the room

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1DOjQtP8k7tdQybs7mYK49

 

LHC Early Career Mentoring Program

The LHC Early Career Mentorship Committee (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS & LHCb) announced this week the first round of an LHC-wide mentoring program.

If you are an early-career researcher and think you will benefit from advice from an experienced researcher about the next steps in your career,

or if you are an experienced researcher willing to help out an early-career researcher develop their professional skills, sign up and be a part of this wonderful endeavour.

https://lhc-mentoring.web.cern.ch/

 

WIT is also currently running its third round of mentoring; the program is generic for women of all fields and career paths.

Information and testimonials here:

https://women-in-technology.web.cern.ch/mentoring

 

  • On the right track

In the Staff Association echo bulletin this week we read about the main concerns of the Conference of Staff Associations of International Organizations:

Diversity is also at the heart of the concerns of management and staff representation. A well-conceived diversity policy adapted to the main activity of the organization

must make it possible to recruit and retain people of the highest competence while guaranteeing a cultural and multinational distribution of staff.

Diversity will remain at the heart of the debate for several coming years, because important progress still needs to be made in this very important area.

http://cds.cern.ch/journal/CERNBulletin/2020/38/Staff%20Association/2730520?ln=en

 

We hope the significant gender inequities are included in this effort.

 

  • The Inverted CERN School of Computing

The Inverted School provides a platform to share knowledge by turning students into teachers.

The school will take place as an online event on September 28 to October 2, 2020.

The attendance is free, and open to anyone. The event will also be recorded.

https://csc.web.cern.ch/schools/inverted-school/

 

  • Oscars Quota

A ‘Publicity Stunt’ or a ‘Huge Step’? 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been searching for innovative ways to champion inclusivity across the white and male-dominated film industry.

On Tuesday, they released their newest initiative: new inclusion standards for films seeking a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards.

https://apnews.com/9f4d97e1e99b5be5c4fa248443b46318

 

  • Video Games

The first female character that spoke in a computer game was Princess Peach in Super Mario; her first word Help..

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000mhxh

 

More and better representations of women remain an essential part of the change we hope to see in the videogame industry,

but we can't focus entirely on the games themselves. It's also crucial to look at the actual human beings who represent the industry.

https://www.wired.com/story/e3-2019-female-representation-videogames/

 

Seeing people like yourself depicted as heroic on TV and in movies and video games can have a powerful effect on viewers and players.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/opinion/super-mario-runs-not-so-super-gender-politics.html

 

  • Swiss history

Quarante portraits passionnés des femmes qui ont bâti la modernité de ce pays.

https://www.letemps.ch/culture/40-pionnieres-suisse-moderne

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Eva on behalf of the WIT steering committee.

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About the Women in Technology (WIT) Community: The aim of this community is to provide an environment in which women are not in the minority when interacting with technology.

Our objectives are: to encourage women to play the role of expert; to provide a supportive learning environment; and to build a network between the Women in Technology here at CERN.

WIT welcomes members from all genders and all technical fields. Visit cern.ch/wit


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