Project Biodiversify

"Project Biodiversify provides ready-to-use examples of research concepts that highlight a diverse set of biologists.We aim to align our research examples with core biology curricula and, at the same time, highlight and humanize researchers as role models for students from many walks of life.  Our database is always growing – so check back often for updates!"


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Unprofessional peer reviews disproportionately harm underrepresented groups in STEM

Unprofessional peer reviews disproportionately harm underrepresented groups in STEM


Peer reviewed research is paramount to the advancement of science. Ideally, the peer review process is an unbiased, fair assessment of the scientific merit and credibility of a study; however, well-documented biases arise in all methods of peer review. Systemic biases have been shown to directly impact the outcomes of peer review, yet little is known about the downstream impacts of unprofessional reviewer comments that are shared with authors.


In an anonymous survey of international participants in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, we investigated the pervasiveness and author perceptions of long-term implications of receiving of unprofessional comments. Specifically, we assessed authors' perceptions of scientific aptitude, productivity, and career trajectory after receiving an unprofessional peer review.


We show that survey respondents across four intersecting categories of gender and race/ethnicity received unprofessional peer review comments equally. However, traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields were most likely to perceive negative impacts on scientific aptitude, productivity, and career advancement after receiving an unprofessional peer review.


Studies show that a negative perception of aptitude leads to lowered self-confidence, short-term disruptions in success and productivity and delays in career advancement. Therefore, our results indicate that unprofessional reviews likely have and will continue to perpetuate the gap in STEM fields for traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences.

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Decolonizing data

While this article focuses on public health, the discussion of decolonizing data is valuable: Decolonizing data is where "the community itself is the one determining what is the information they want us to gather. Why are we gathering it? Who's interpreting it? And are we interpreting it in a way that truly serves our communities? Decolonizing data is about controlling our own story, and making decisions based on what is best for our people. That hasn't been done in data before, and that's what's shifting and changing."

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The Future of Our Pasts: Engaging cultural heritage in climate action

The “Future of Our Pasts: Engaging Cultural Heritage in Climate Action” reportwas released by ICOMOS on Wednesday 3 July 2019 in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan at an event held during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee. Putting forward a multi-disciplinary approach to cultural heritage, the report is intended for site managers, scientists, researchers, but also to climate activists and policy-makers.

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MathJax: A JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all browsers

The MathJax Consortium is a joint venture of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) to advance mathematical and scientific content on the web.

Core Goals

The core of the MathJax project is the development of its state-of-the-art, open source, JavaScript platform for display of mathematics. Our key design goals are

  • high-quality display of mathematics notation in all browsers
  • no special browser setup required
  • support for LaTeX, MathML and other equation markup directly in the HTML source.
  • an extensible, modular design with a rich API for easy integration into web applications.
  • support for accessibility, copy and paste and other rich functionality
  • interoperability with other applications and math-aware search.

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Data Matters – Ethics, Data, and International Research Collaboration in a Changing World: Proceedings of a Workshop

A workshop held on March 14-16, 2018, in Washington, DC explored the changing opportunities and risks of data management and use across disciplinary domains. The third workshop in a series, participants gathered to examine advisory principles for consideration when developing international research agreements, in the pursuit of highlighting promising practices for sustaining and enabling international research collaborations at the highest ethical level possible. The intent of the workshop was to explore, through an ethical lens, the changing opportunities and risks associated with data management and use across disciplinary domains—all within the context of international research agreements. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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Project EDDIE: Environmental data-driven inquiry & exploration

Project EDDIE is beginning a new round of teaching material development to help connect large-scale sensor data into undergraduate classrooms. Join the community of authors creating materials that engage students with authentic data to improve quantitative reasoning and develop big-data skills.

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Smithsonian Data Science Lab postdoctoral fellowships

The Smithsonian Institution Data Science Lab ( housed within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (SI-OCIO) in Washington, DC, is seeking two postdoctoral fellows to conduct independent research and digital humanities scholarship in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

The Data Science Lab was recently formed in response to the dramatic increase in all forms of digital data across the Smithsonian (19 museums, 9 research centers, and a zoo). We seek to build collaborations both across Smithsonian units, as well as universities and other institutions. Members of our group work on a variety of data-intensive research topics, including biodiversity genomics and machine learning applications of digitized museum collections.

Please see for details, and email ( or tweet (@SIDataScience) with questions!

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Earth Lab Earth Analytics Education Initiative at CU Boulder

The Earth Lab Earth Analytics Education Initiative at the University of Colorado -- Boulder is building an innovative program that provides core in-market demand technical skills at the intersection of Earth and data science to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The program includes formal courses, workshops, career development events with industry partners, paid undergraduate internships, an open online learning portal with global reach, and a professional certificate in Earth data analytics, one of the first of its kind in the country. We are committed to expanding the reach of Earth data science education for students across varying academic, professional, socio-economic and geographic dimensions to ensure broad accessibility to novel curriculum. All courses are offered through both online and traditional options, allowing students to participate in-person, online in real-time, or asynchronously by reviewing materials at their own pace. 

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RAY Conservation Diversity Fellowship

About the RAY Fellowship

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Conservation Diversity Fellowship aims to increase and facilitate conservation-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation sector—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is lead by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.


The RAY Fellowship provides first-time career access opportunities for recent college graduates who do not have previous professional experience or a graduate degree. RAY Fellows are placed within one of our Member Organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in conservation. Fellows work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of Fellows. RAY Fellowship positions are full-time paid positions with competitive entry-level salaries plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through RAY Member Organizations and the Environmental Leadership Program.


Eligibility & How to Apply

Eligible applicants will:

  • Come from a racial / ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Be less than 2 years out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by July 2019 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time) 
  • Have not had a full-time job in conservation 
  • Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship

Applications for the 2019 cycle are open and descriptions of Fellowship positions will be added on a rolling basis. Completed applications should include a CV or resume, a letter of support, two essays, and a short answer response. Visit our website at for application instructions and deadlines.


Informational Webinars

Applicants may join one of our upcoming informational webinar series to ask questions, learn more about the application process, and hear from a current RAY Fellow. Registration links, webinar dates and times, and featured Fellows can be found here on our website:


For more information please contact Jordan Williams, Program Manager, RAY Conservation Diversity Fellowship at / (617) 942-0585.

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Data for Black Lives Operations Manager

Data for Black Lives is seeking an enthusiastic, independent and dynamic professional to serve as our Operations Manager. The ideal candidate will have experience creating and maintaining systems, will be organized and detail oriented, and have a shared commitment to our mission. The Operations Manager will be an integral part of the team providing short and long-term strategic vision that supports our maximum effectiveness, efficiency, financial and organizational sustainability.

For more information, or to apply, submit a short statement of interest and a resume that highlights your experiences most relevant to the role: with subject “Operations Manager.”

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Women in Machine Learning and Data Science

WiMLDS is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to support and promote women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science. They create opportunities for members to engage in technical and professional conversations in a positive, supportive environment by hosting talks by women and gender minority individuals working in data science or machine learning, as well as hosting technical workshops, networking events and hackathons. We are inclusive to anyone who supports our cause regardless of gender identity or technical background.

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Podcast on Inclusivity in Data Science

Presented by DataCamp, with guest speaker, Brandeis Marshall.

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KDD 2019 Conference

The annual KDD conference is the premier interdisciplinary conference bringing together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data.

August 4 - 8, 2019
Anchorage, Alaska USA
Dena’ina Convention Center and William Egan Convention Center

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MS in Data Science at University of Delaware

The Earth observation for Sustainable Ecosystem and Livelihood group ( at the University of Delaware is seeking a MS student interested in environmental remote sensing to join the MSDS program in Fall 2019. Funding is available through an NSF EPSCoR grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team of researchers examining water in the changing coastal environment in Delaware ( 

The MS position with a Research Assistantship (RA) provides a competitive stipend of $22,000, a tuition waiver, and subsidized health insurance. The student will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Pinki Mondal (, and will interact with EPSCoR WiCCED project members and collaborators at the Center for Environmental Monitoring & Analysis ( 

The ideal candidate would have a major in any of mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or engineering, environmental engineering, or any other field of engineering. For the MSDS program degree requirements, please visit: A strong candidate is either familiar with or interested in geospatial (remote sensing/GIS) applications in environmental sciences. Prior experience in Google Earth Engine (GEE) is a plus, but not mandatory. We are looking for a candidate who has (i) outstanding quantitative skills, (ii) an interest in interdisciplinary research, and (iii) good oral communication and writing skills. The ideal candidate also has attention to detail and willingness and ability to follow instructions carefully and work independently.

Specific RA responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): (1) processing and interpreting time-series of satellite images for Delaware, (2) collecting and analyzing field-level data, (3) assisting investigators with other research-related project activities, and (4) presenting findings at scientific meeting and submitting journal articles. While the RA will assist with the project objectives, he/she will be encouraged to develop his/her own thesis research questions to pursue within the context of the broader project.

Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest, unofficial transcript, and a copy of their CV (including GPA and GRE scores) via email to Dr. Pinki Mondal (mondalp@udel.eduby February 22 prior to formally applying to UD Graduate School. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best universities to work for in 2012, the University of Delaware is located midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, and is a Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Land Grant institution. 

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Needed Math Conference Proceedings Jan 2018

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Math--how to teach it, how to use it, who needs it, and how to keep it from being a barrier between students and jobs.  These are all topics of discussion at the Needed Math, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Funded Conference.  This conference, held from January 12-15, 2018 brought together employers in three STEM fields (biotechnology, manufacturing technology, and information and communication technology), post-secondary instructors of technical subjects related to those fields and mathematics educators.  Employers surveyed for the Manufacturing Institute's 2014 Skills Gap study report a "sizeable gap" between the talent they need and that available on the job market.  

The basic recommendation from the conference?   The mathematics standards, assessments, and curriculum need to be revisited and revised so as to place greater emphasis on the skills needed to solve the kinds of problems that arise in the real world.  This will also help to avoid the trap of "bad at math" when often the student is not bad at math, but just does not fit well into a curriculum that studies math without a clear application.  

The report is available and very interesting, with Needed Math examples that show quite clearly what employers are looking for. Take a look yourself!

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Genomic Science and Leadership Initiative (GSLI)

The workshops will provide hands-on laboratory and computational experience in molecular biology and computational biology. Each workshop site will focus on waterways affected by contaminants (industrial or mining) and associated microbial communities. We have expanded the GSLI workshop by 2 days to add more data science methods. We recognize the cultural perspective of learning and incorporate this in our curriculum as genomics is a culturally sensitive area. We will give priority to freshmen or sophomore American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN), early exposure to the area of study and introduction to being in a research lab. We welcome applications from non-AIAN and upper-level students. The application deadline is February 8th.

Learn more about the previous workshop:

Two Workshops Application Links to Register:

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO : May 19 – 25, 2019 (

CU Denver, Denver, CO : June 2 – 8, 2019 (

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A Summary of Inclusive Pedagogies for Science Education (Mensah and Larson 2017)

Abstract: In this paper, we offer a brief review of six pedagogical and theoretical approaches used in education and science education that we grouped as inclusive pedagogies. Though not an exhaustive list, these pedagogies are more commonly used in educational research and have commonalities, yet are distinctive in some ways. They collectively contribute to making science teaching and learning more inclusive to a broader population of learners, such as students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and social backgrounds and students with physical and learning differences who have traditionally been marginalized in learning science. Furthermore, these inclusive pedagogies aim to decrease educational inequities and raise the level of academic rigor and access for all students. Finally, we discuss ways these inclusive pedagogies can be extended to address reform efforts in science education.

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Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework 4DEE

The goal of this effort is to produce an ESA-sanctioned framework that can be useful to ecology educators, the ESA Board of Professional Certification process, environmental professionals, decision makers, and others.

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Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science

The SIParCS Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research is aimed at university students who are interested in pursuing a career in such areas as:

  • Application Optimization
  • Computer Security and Formal Verification
  • Data Science
  • Numerical Methods
  • Software Engineering
  • Supercomputing Systems Operations
  • Visualization

2019 Technical Projects and Program Intern Applications are now available!  Applications due January 11, 2019

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