WITS News 27 April 2020
- 20 April 2020
There were quite a number of celebrations last week. Earth Day 2020 was on Wednesday 22 April. In the US it was National DNA Day on Saturday 25 April and the Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 30th anniversary last week as well.
This week's news:
- How Ireland’s technology companies are responding to the COVID-19 Crisis. From Connecting Women in Technology CWIT.
- Ireland ranked among best for Covid-19 innovative solutions. From The Irish Times.
- Why we need more than just scientists to document the pandemic. From RTE Brainstorm.
Women and conronavirus
- These are the occupations with the highest COVID-19 risk. Worth a read, from the World Economic Forum.
- Women academics seem to be submitting fewer papers during coronavirus. From The Lily via Michelle D Cullen (@MichelleDCullen) on Twitter. Michelle notes . . . interesting analysis in academia, but applies in business and more broadly too. Mind the gap.
- Here’s how to achieve gender equality after the pandemic. From World Economic Forum via Amy Diehl Ph.D on Twitter. Her summary:: To achieve gender equality after #COVID
- Engage women in decision-making
- Gender-disaggregate ALL economic data
- Use gender lens to develop relief programs
- Use gender-based assessments of policy measures to ensure equity.
Working from home
- Finding balance when working from home. The Scope careers newsletter from Silicon Republic.
- Zoom unveils host of privacy, security features. From TechCentral.ie.
Women in STEM
- National DNA Day was celebrated in the US on 25th April 2020. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. Dr Julie Blommaert (via Twitter) reminds us to remember the work of Rosalind Franklin, an incredible #WomenInSTEM without whom, the structure of DNA would not have been resolved when it was.
- How studying an ‘immortal’ animal may aid future cancer research. Helen Horkan NUIG and Famelab Ireland 2020 finalist talks about her research. From Silicon Republic.
- ReelLIFE Science is challenging young people to share their passion for Science and all things STEM, by making a one minute science video – AT HOME!!! Closing date is 29 May 2020. Read how to enter and you can win €1000 for your school or youth organisation.
- Are you a #LeavingCert Physics student? Or a first year Physics student in university? DCU Physics Dr Rob O'Connor has posted physics tutorial videos to YouTube for students affected by #COVID19 restrictions. From DCU via Twitter.
Hubble Images Majestic Cousin of the Milky Way. Image: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)