The Scully Effect
One of the most frustrating aspects of this scarcity is that we know just how significant an influence powerful female, scientist role models can have on young women.
Perhaps the most prominent example of this power has come to be known as the “Scully Effect.” Named for Special Agent Dana Scully, the medical doctor and FBI agent who was one half of the investigative team on “The X-Files”, the Scully Effect accounts for the notable increase in women who pursued careers in science, medicine, and law enforcement as a result of living with Dana Scully over the nine years “The X-Files” ran on Fox.
The show has been off the air for more than a decade. Yet the character of Dana Scully remains a powerful example of how a dynamic female character whose primary pursuit is science—not romantic relationships—can have a lasting impact on our culture.
— by Christopher Zumski Finke (x)
Actual conversation in my lab:
Male coworker: “Why is everyone so obsessed with Scully?She’s not *that special*. Why aren’t they talking about other female scientists in the media?”
*I know there is Bones and The Big Bang Theory, but how about some media featuring women in STEM that aren’t defined by their romantic relationships?
This is pretty solid. There’s often a small inner pouch on the side that lies against your spine where you can pack the heavy stuff compactly. My Osprey was moulded to my body shape and is designed for people with breasts, so the large straps are oriented slightly differently to make room for boob bulk. If you tighten all the compression straps, tightly pull the straps across your clavicles and waist, and tighten the top bit so the topmost compartment doesn’t sag, the weight will distribute so as to not strain your muscles well beyond all holy hell. It will still be heavy if you pack a great lot but you won’t have that dragging agony on your neck and shoulders, nor will you want to collapse from lower back pain every time you bend and stand. Backpacks aren’t cheap but if you travel often, it’s worth the investment.
***What to take: dental floss too.
***What to leave: take your hands off my interwebs. I need Google maps, thank you kindly.
I cannot stress how convenient it is to have a pack with a camelbak or other hydration system in it. Using bottles is all well and good, but when you’re all muddy (or worse) you don’t want to use grubby little hands to open up the water bottle.
The Sounds of Gombe
After 40 years, the largest dataset of audiorecordings from free-living chimpanzees is available for researchers and primate enthusiasts alike!
From 1971-1973, Hetty van de Rijt-Plooij and husband Frans X. Plooij collected over 10 hours of chimpanzee vocalizations at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. As their careers progressed, the couple shifted focus to childhood development (Plooij) and physical anthropology (Rijt-Plooij), so the collected recordings got pushed aside, and remained unanalyzed in the attic…until now.
Before her passing in 2003, Rijt-Plooij requested her husband make the collected recordings available to other researchers… and now he was finally able to fulfill her last wish. The recordings and field notes are now available at Cornell University’s Macaulay Library and the Dryad Repository.
Hetty Rijt-Plooji, author’s photo for The Wonder Weeks (x)
- Jomeo (subadult) Foodbarks
- Fifi (subadult) screams, squeeks, silence (see obs context)
- Unidentified Individual laughing, Melissa hoots, Goblin screams, wimper, scream, crying (with inhalation), whimper (very good recordings containing screams with poutface)
Plooij, Frans X., et al. "Longitudinal recordings of the vocalizations of immature Gombe chimpanzees for developmental studies." Scientific Data 1 (2014). (x)
Photo Source (x)
So tiny! So cute!
Strike a pose. #fossils #paleontology #wyoming #camels
"Does working memory (WM) constrain the amount and type of information children copy from a model? To answer this question, preschool-age children (N = 165) were trained and then tested on a touch-screen task that involved touching simultaneously presented pictures. Prior to responding, children saw a model generate two target responses: Order (touching all of the pictures on the screen in a target sequence three consecutive times) and Multi-Tap (consistently touching one of the pictures two times). Children’s accuracy copying Order and Multi-Tap was assessed on two types of sequences: low WM load (2 pictures) and high WM load (3 pictures). Results showed that more children copied both Order and Multi-Tap on 2-picture sequences than on 3-picture sequences. Children who copied only one of the two target responses tended to copy only Order on 2-picture sequences but only Multi-Tap on 3-picture sequences. Instructions to either copy or ignore the Multi-Tap response did not affect this overall pattern of results. In sum, results are consistent with the hypothesis that WM constrains not just the amount but also the type of information children copy from models, potentially modulating whether children imitate or emulate in a given task” (read more/open access).
(Open access source: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, in press 2014 via Academia.edu)
***Not human evo, but personal reasons.
“Adorably Cute” Tiny Primate Discovery Illuminates Biodiversity of Philippines Island
Posted by David Braun
Meet the Dinagat-Caraga tarsier, a distinctive evolutionary lineage of primate that has just been discovered from the southeastern Philippines, an international team of biologists working with the Philippine government’s Biodiversity Management Bureau announced today. The discovery of the new genetic type of primate was funded in part by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration…The discovery identifies an important new example of a “conservation flagship species” that has the potential to increase public awareness of the Philippines’ astounding resident biodiversity, says National Geographic grantee and project leader Rafe Brown, of the University of Kansas. “If protected by the Philippine government, [it may] extend protection like an umbrella to the many species of unique birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, plants, and invertebrates that share its rain forest home.” (continue reading)
FIGURE 1: Phylogeographic relationships ofTarsius syrichta (see Appendix S1 for taxonomic summary)… (x)
Brown, Rafe M., et al. "Conservation Genetics of the Philippine Tarsier: Cryptic Genetic Variation Restructures Conservation Priorities for an Island Archipelago Primate." PloS one 9.8 (2014): e104340. (x)
how it felt to get name-checked in the Washington Post this morning:
but in real life people are like:
I say we enjoy the boost to our DC cred.