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Amy Winehouse

—Back To Black


We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to black

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So in life, we often think of things that would just never happen to us. And it’s an odd experience when it does anyway.

*yea, this is a bit personal, and I’m totally cool if you want to read it, this cut is just for those who want gymnastics only*

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Men still have trouble recognizing that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition and common sense. A woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel. Natalie Dormer

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Anonymous asked: Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it










It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.

It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.


I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.


imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA


Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 




Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:


Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:

And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop


Yo, I haven’t posted for a while, but I’m doing a PhD in isotope geochemistry and this made me mad enough to come out of the Pb isotope lab and take this ‘selfie’ to make damn sure no-one thinks that girls can’t do science. I do what I do because I love it, and you know what? I kick ass at it. So jog on hateful anon, we’ve got science to do. 


I’m a woman and I do math. I agree with anon, though, that I don’t really belong in a doctorate program: I already have my PhD.

I don’t do selfies, so here’s a photo of what my desk looked like Friday:


You’ll notice that there’s no effing way to tell from my desk that I’m actually a woman, because all that’s there is math (and tea). Because math doesn’t care what your gender is; it works the same way for everyone.

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45,000 Follower Promo!


So, I haven’t been on much or responding to a lot because of work but things should hopefully be slowing down a bit soon… anyway, since you guys are awesome, I’m gonna do another promo (I think I did like one… ever) when I get to 45,000ish followers.

There aren’t really rules… except reblogging this and having a non-triggering blog. I’ll probably make up a list of as many people as I can :)

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People that can run without music should be equally admired and feared.

Ahem, letters of admiration can be submitted here thanks

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Letting Dreams Die


Sometimes I think we don’t give enough credit to the act of killing off our old dreams.

This isn’t letting go of dreams as a manner of giving up—this is relinquishing the hold that toxic thoughts have on us.

This is a sweet death.

This is walking through all the campuses…