the-chemist

I really, really hate when people use specialized/academic definitions of words to score points in or derail discussions that were going on using general definitions of words.

You don’t want a mathematician popping up insisting you can’t call that set of people a group because there is no inverse, there’s not even a defined operation – oh, you call that an operation? That’s not an operation. For that matter, you don’t want a mathematician crashing a group of people discussing their operations to say that none of them had operations, an operation needs to be defined on a set and combine two elements to produce another element of the set. Oh, you had an operation according to a dictionary definition? You go by dictionaries?

You don’t want a chemist popping up while you’re discussing organic food – okay, I’ve BEEN that snarky person saying that organic just means containing carbon, but it’s not helpful, and you don’t want it popping up when you’re talking labeling rules.

You don’t want a discussion of romances to suddenly hinge on whether they were created in the 18th-19th century, and do they sufficiently glorify the past and nature. No? Then it’s not a romance, stop saying it is.

Other fields shouldn’t do this either. (I’m talking to you, philosophy.)

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“I… If you don’t mind me asking… what happened to Arden’s mom?” Cherry asked. She knew that it might be a bit too soon to be asking those sorts of personal questions, but she couldn’t pretend it wasn’t eating at her. 

“Well,” Ezra started, before sighing. He needed to tell Cherry. He trusted her with his child, he could trust her enough to tell her about this, “Arden’s mom is– was named Bonnie. She was my high school sweetheart. We had just gotten out of our senior year when we decided to study abroad together. She wanted to be a bio-chemist, I wanted to be an anthropologist. Those were some amazing years… We spent a couple in Windenburg, some in Forgotten Hollow. Bonnie got pregnant while we were in our last year of college,” Ezra paused for a moment, “I… I didn’t think I was ready to be a dad. We fought a lot when she found out, but I loved Bonnie too much to leave over this. Plus, after a while… I’d grown attached to our future kid. We named her Arden after Bonnie’s mother, and she was the most beautiful baby in the world. I was over the moon. Bonnie was in love with her. We were our own little family, y’know?” Ezra stopped for a minute, collecting himself. Cherry could see that the story was a lot to carry, and just as she was about to assure him he didn’t need to go on if he didn’t want to, he began again, “Bonnie worked at a lab… somewhere in Newcrest. That’s where we settled, because that’s where the money was. I was working by commission as a journalist and I worked part time at forensic lab. It wasn’t ideal, but hey, it put food on the table. Bonnie was way ahead in her field though. She was stellar,” he swallowed, “Do you… do you remember the fire? The giant laboratory fire that broke out in Newcrest Hills Science Center?”

Cherry felt her skin lose color, and swallowed before nodding. Her head felt stiff though. She could feel the hairs on the back of her neck and arms raising up.

“Bonnie… she worked there. And they were supposed to get everyone out. Everyone except for Bonnie. That was… almost a year ago,” Ezra finished with a deep breath. His eyes were watering, but he forced himself to keep them back. 

Cherry was almost in tears. She couldn’t believe something so tragic had happened to these two, “Ezra… oh my god, Ez, I’m so sorry.”

“Don’t be… It’s something– it’s something I’ve learned to cope with. Besides, as long as Arden’s happy and well, I have no reason to be sad,” he stated, “Me and her aunt Lily are getting by, you know? We make it work. Lily’s not going to stay with us forever, of course, but Lily is Bonnie’s only sibling, and she wanted to help as much as she could. But like I said, we’re getting by. And Arden’s happy, that’s all that matters.”

Support women in STEM

Because they’ve advanced the success and growth of those fields for just as long as men, even when they weren’t afforded the opportunity, the recognition, or the grants. Onward:

Rosalind Franklin (July 25, 1920—April 16, 1958)

Originally posted by bhagatkapil

Rosalind Franklin was a chemist and, get this, X-ray crystallographer. As far as titles go, you can’t do much better than crystallographer. Her work in understanding the molecular structure of DNA laid the foundation for the discovery of the double helix. She also made significant contributions to understanding the structures of RNAs. And viruses. And coal. And graphite. Her work was not fully appreciated until after she passed away. Two teams of all-male scientists who used her work to discover great things later went on to win Nobel Prizes.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler (February 8, 1831—March 9, 1895)

Originally posted by pylonss

Rebecca Lee Crumpler spent most of her professional life being the first at things. She was the very first Black woman to become a physician in the United States. The first (and only) Black woman to graduate from New England Female Medical College. She authored Book of Medical Discourses, one of the very first medical books written by a Black person. Every obstacle she powered through was done in an effort to provide care for other people. Hero. 

Mary Anning (May 21, 1799—March 9, 1847)

Originally posted by rejectedprincesses

Mary Anning discovered the first full Ichthyosaur skeleton at 11,  the very first Plesiosaur at 22, and then opened up her own fossil store front a few years later. We repeat: She opened up her own fossil store. We could go on and on, but Rejected Princesses (@rejectedprincesses​) already did it best in this biographical comic. While you’re over there, check out their whole archive and the dozens and dozens of women’s life stories within.

Follow these too:

  • She Thought It: Crossing Bodies in Sciences and Arts (@shethoughtit​​) is a database dedicated to shedding light on women making strides in both science and the arts. A whole bunch of great things.
  • Lady Scientists of Tumblr (@scientific-women​​) promises everything you could ever want from a feminist science round-up blog: intersectionality and equal representation of all scientists who identify as female. Hell yeah.
  • Math Brain (@ihaveamathbrain​​) backs the novel idea that women are indeed capable of understanding math. Shocking. With the perfect amount of sarcasm, they tackle the idea some bozos have that women just don’t have the mind for mathematics.

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I think that everyone should take a look at these gorgeous drawings representing Women and their accomplishements in Science, by Rachel Ignotofksy - a fantastic illustrator and graphic designer. She also has a lil Etsy shop where she sells her prints here!!!

23 Black Female Scientists Who Changed The Damn World

Okay so prior to Alice, people had known for hundreds of years that a potential treatment to leprosy existed in the form of something called Chaulmoogra oil. It was too thick to effectively circulate through the body, but Alice Ball, science prodigy and chemist extraordinaire, was the one who FINALLY figured how to turn it into a working treatment. It’s thanks to her that a leprosy crisis was avoided in the early 1900s. Bless you, Alice.

Stay with me for a second because this is actual rocket science. Centaur is a second-stage rocket launcher: the workhorse of the rocket world used to propel countless probes and satellites into space. It’s been invaluable to NASA since its creation, first allowing the U.S. to catch up to the Soviet Union during the space race, and eventually propelling spacecrafts to land on the moon and fly by other planets in the solar system.

So yes: Annie Easley helped DO that. She also contributed energy research to power plants and electronic batteries, which enabled the creation of hybrid vehicles. Go ahead and thank Annie for those, too.

Prior to Jeanne, the impact of discrimination and its accompanying stress factors were rarely explored or acknowledged in relationship to health. She also researched the impact of racism on childhood development and ways to approach therapy that addressed the needs of people of color. And Jeanne broke a ton of ground for black psychologists through her roles in academia and her publications.

Jewel researched ways to alter cell growth AND experimented with growing human tumor tissue outside of the human body to use for cancer treatment tests (instead of testing on living people). As if that wasn’t enough, she also helped to form the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Women and Minorities in Science.

The chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission monitors the byproduct of nuclear reactors, so it’s a pretty big deal. Shirley also served on a bunch of advisory boards for international security and energy, AND she was the first black woman to get a Ph.D from MIT.

See the full list:

23 Black Female Scientists Who Changed The Damn World

So looking at Roadhog’s Hogdrogen, my first impression was that he just really lucked out on the canisters matching his whole pig Aesthetic, but thinking about it more, what if they’re his invention?

What if Mako Rutledge, before the explosion of the omnium and the ALF, was a chemist? He made things to help people, all easily identified as Mako’s by the cute pig logos and pig puns on them. Then when his homeland was under attack, he joined the ALF, both to help fight and to supply them with Hogdrogen to combat radiation poisoning. Then, when everything went wrong and Mako Rutledge was replaced with Roadhog, he still had his old supply of Hogdrogen, but now with all the damage he took as an enforcer (and the lingering radiation) he kept them to himself. But now that he’s on his global crime spree with Junkrat, Mako Rutledge is slowly but surely coming back. While Jamie builds his bombs, Mako will be making his Hogdrogen off to the side. Although the rest of the world just sees the two Junkers as “crazy criminals”, they’re really two extremely intelligent men who will make sure no one forgets that

AUGUST 16 - MARIE MAYNARD DALY

Marie Maynard Daly became the first Black woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, upon completing her doctoral program at Columbia University in 1947. She was fascinated with the inner workings of the human body and analyzed the digestive process in her thesis “A Study of the Products Formed By the Action of Pancreatic Amylase on Corn Starch”.

Of her many scientific achievements, Daly is known for her groundbreaking work studying the causes of heart attacks, in which she discovered a link between high cholesterol and clogged arteries.

While teaching courses in biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, she took action to increase the number of students of color enrolled in medical schools and graduate science programs. After retiring from her position in 1986, she established a scholarship at Queens College for African-American chemistry and physics majors.

You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find warm food
And friendly faces when you return home.
Consider if this is a man
Who works in mud,
Who knows no peace,
Who fights for a crust of bread,
Who dies by a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair, without name,
Without the strength to remember,
Empty are her eyes, cold her womb,
Like a frog in winter.
Never forget that this has happened.
Remember these words.
Engrave them in your hearts,
When at home or in the street,
When lying down, when getting up.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your houses be destroyed,
May illness strike you down,
May your offspring turn their faces from you.
—  Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz/If This is a Man
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BOOKHAUL: FEBRERO 2017.

Hola, cómo están? Aquí dejo el bookhaul de febrero, había hecho un vídeo pero creo que está muy largo y Tumblr no me deja subirlo así que, aquí están las fotos y más abajo las explicaciones. No había hecho un bookhaul hace años y es que o conseguía poquitos libros en el mes o después, no recordaba qué libro (s) conseguí en qué fecha pero ahora, fueron 14 los libros de febrero así que aquí están y eso, no prometo traer un bookhaul cada mes pero sí uno de vez en cuando.

El orden en el que conseguí los libros y el cómo lo hice fue el siguiente:

1. Carve the mark (en inglés, autora Veronica Roth): El primer libro con el que me hice en febrero. Aún no lo leo pero estoy muy emocionada de tener otro libro de Roth.

2. Peter Pan (versión resumida e ilustrada): Me encantó el libro, la historia es muy tierna y las ilustraciones son hermosísimas. 3,5 de 5 estrellas en Goodreads.

3. La niña alemana: Este libro lo compré porque hubo un club de lectura sobre él al que por supuesto asistí. Me encantó tanto la manera de escribir del autor y la trama, como los personajes, todo! Un 5 de 5 estrellas en Goodreads.

4. Hamlet (en inglés): Adoro Hamlet, no sé cuántas veces lo he leído pero no tenía una copia propia así que cuando vi esta edición en inglés súper barata, tuve que comprarla!

5. The chemist (en inglés, autora Stephenie Meyer): Gracias a la página web de la Librería Nacional pude hacerme con este libro. Ya quiero leer nuevamente algo de Meyer que no sea Crepúsculo.

6. El chico de las estrellas: Gracias a un conocido conseguí este libro que llevaba buscando desde hace años y que según sé, aquí en Colombia todavía no se encuentra. Pronto lo leeré y les diré qué tal!

7. Palabras y sangre: Libro de segunda mano. Lo conseguí en Instagram gracias a vintagelibros. Simplemente tenían una promoción y el título me llamó la atención.

8. El ruiseñor y la rosa: Libro de segunda mano. Lo conseguí en Instagram gracias a vintagelibros. Un libro que había leído hace más de 10 años pero del que no tenía una copia física.

9. La caída de la casa Usher: Libro de segunda mano. Lo conseguí en Instagram gracias a vintagelibros. Poe siempre ha sido uno de mis autores favoritos así que no podía desperdiciar esta oportunidad, además con promoción incluida!

10. Declive (autor colombiano): Lo compré porque el próximo club de lectura será de este libro. Es muy corto y se lee rápido pero debo decir que no me gustó nada, se hizo pesado, deprimente y hasta medio asqueroso en algunas partes por las cosas que narraba/contaba con demasiados detalles. 1 de 5 estrellas en Goodreads.

11. Mandalas y otros dibujos zen para colorear: Simplemente colorear desestresa y las mandalas me gustan mucho.

12. November 9 (en inglés, autora Colleen Hoover): Lo pedí a BookCity Co. Todavía no lo leo pero ya quiero hacerlo porque he escuchado maravillas tanto del libro como de la autora.

13. Vértice de oración: Un poemario. Prácticamente su autor me lo regaló, o sea, el precio al que me lo vendió fue extremadamente barato, casi un regalo.

14. Lo desnudo del volcán: Otro poemario. El autor de Vértice de oración me lo regaló literal cuando le dije que quería leer más poesía.

Y esto fue todo, después vendré con el wrap up de enero y febrero, con un par de reseñas y tags! Un saludo y hasta luego.