WITS News 14 April 2020
- 9 April 2020
This week's news are items that you may find of interest. It's presented under the headings:
- Coronavirus news
- Women and coronavirus
- Working from home
- Women in STEM
- Other news and online events.
- On 9 April it was 100 days since the outbreak of the virus and 58 days since it was given the name COVID-19. It has been an amazing response from scientists and medics. From Mark Coughlan on Twitter.
- COVID-19 words and terms explained in plain English. Thanks NALA for a great resource.
- RTÉ Brainstorm - How to understand the numbers behind the coronavirus by Elizabeth Hunter Computer Science PhD student at TU Dublin.
- Fighting disinformation, a new resource about COVID-19 from the EU. Debunking scientific misinformation during a pandemic. UCD Conway Institute researchers debunking misinformation.
- Free information book explaining COVID-19 to children, illustrated by Guffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.
- Bats, pangolins and viral Lego: curious clues of the new coronavirus. Dr Claire O'Connell write in The Irish Times.
- Engineers Ireland asks: Do you have access to a 3D printer? Would you like to help to supply PPE to the HSE? Register your printer and join the #COVID19 Virtual Factory team today.
- Irish scientists develop breakthrough formula to ease Coronavirus test shortages. Congratulations Dr Brigid Lucey and the team at Cork Institute of Technology and UCC. From The Irish Independent.
- The Explainer: What does the data tell us about Ireland's fight against coronavirus? A podcast from The Journal.
Women and coronavirus
- Simmons Leadership Conference commentary and recommendations on the gendered impact of COVID-19 and remote work on women and organisarions. It is aimed at leaders at all levels who are committed to this diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) work, during the COVID-19 crisis.
- To really value our healthcare workers we need to close the gender pay gap. Good reading from Anne Laure Humbert King's College London, Global Institute for Women's Leadership.
- Women & girls are facing unique challenges in the face of #COVID19. UN Women suggest nine ways we can support gender equality during the COVID19 crisis. New UN report spotlights the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls.
- COVID-19 has impacted us all, but most of the decisions taken are by men and the voices we hear are often male. Voices from the front lines of COVID-19 from UN Women.
- Women are losing more jobs in coronavirus shutdown. From NPR in the US.
- NWCI Know Your Rights during COVID-19. Thanks for this useful resource.
Working from home
- Understanding your body clock can help you make the healthiest choices, even during isolation. Dr Annie Curtis RCSI shares tips to wind your body clock while at home. Dr Claire O'Connell write in The Irish Times.
- Family-friendly policies in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take. Practical advice rom UN Women.
- Free ICDL training as response to ongoing Covid-19 crisis. ICDL, formerly known as ECDL, is now free on fetchcourses.ie to support those affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Anyone over 16 with a PPS number can access these courses. Great way to upskill/ freshen your skills.
- COVID-19 Online safety advice for parents. From Webwise.
- Some great advice from Dr Victoria Selby on Twitter, thank yo.
Women in STEM
- Teen Turn have a new Instagram series My STEM Story by the mentors. Log in to Instagram and look at Teen Turn. Congratulations.
- Be@CyberPro is an initiative to increase the number of women in cybersecurity tech careers. The sector offers a diverse range of interesting careers pathways.
Other news and online events
- 15 April 2020 18:00 to 20:00 FameLab 2020 National Final. It's virtual this year, register for the Facebook link and watch the taster here.
- 16 April 2020 19:30 to 20:30 Bright Club Online. Register for free via Eventbrite, and you'll be sent a zoom link on Thursday afternoon
- 24 April 2020 NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 30 years of science discoveries. Congratulations! Wish Hubble a happy birthday by baking a cake and sharing it on social media. Thanks to Dr Niamh Shaw on Twitter for the news.