Jill Walker

Meet Dr. Jill Walker — collaborator, strategist and nontraditional scientist!

Dr. Jill Walker has 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical research, currently serving as Senior Director of Preclinical Development and Translational Sciences at Horizon Therapeutics. Her work centers on preclinical research into the mechanisms of medicines and molecular targets for the treatment of rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases. She received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Women in Astronomy: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going!

As a woman in a position of power in STEM, I’ve dedicated much of my energy to ensuring that future generations of young women are empowered and inspired to join the scientific community (particularly in a career in astronomy, but I guess I am a bit biased). For future generations of women to feel comfortable embracing a career in STEM, we must pave the way for them to pursue their personal and professional aspirations in a society that respects and appreciates their contribution. 

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How planning around my menstrual cycle has made me more productive (and less overwhelmed)!

As a woman in science, you probably have or had a menstrual cycle. A cycle that affects us physically, emotionally, and also mentally. But it’s something that has been traditionally stigmatized. Something we keep private and don’t often share, especially when working. But that cycle can help us be more productive at work. We can plan the most suitable task for each phase. And most importantly, don’t feel guilty or ashamed when we are not as efficient as we would like at doing a task that is not the best for that phase. This cycle is a source of energy we can learn to harness!

Shyama dusting of animal bones at Athribis (Egypt).

Meet Shyama Vermeersch, passionate about animal bones of the past, gender equity and diversity!

Shyama Vermeersch is a zooarchaeologist and is currently a PhD student at the University of Tübingen (Germany). Her research focusses on subsistence and agricultural practices during the Bronze and Iron Ages in the southern Levant. Previously, she obtained a B.A. and M.A. in Egyptology from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a M.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Tübingen (Germany). Over the years, Shyama has become more active on issues of gender equity and diversity in science and is the coordinator of the Lise Meitner Society Tübingen, a non-profit organisation working towards gender equity in STEM.

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Jill Walker

Meet Dr. Jill Walker — collaborator, strategist and nontraditional scientist!

Dr. Jill Walker has 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical research, currently serving as Senior Director of Preclinical Development and Translational Sciences at Horizon Therapeutics. Her work centers on preclinical research into the mechanisms of medicines and molecular targets for the treatment of rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases. She received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Shyama dusting of animal bones at Athribis (Egypt).

Meet Shyama Vermeersch, passionate about animal bones of the past, gender equity and diversity!

Shyama Vermeersch is a zooarchaeologist and is currently a PhD student at the University of Tübingen (Germany). Her research focusses on subsistence and agricultural practices during the Bronze and Iron Ages in the southern Levant. Previously, she obtained a B.A. and M.A. in Egyptology from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a M.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Tübingen (Germany). Over the years, Shyama has become more active on issues of gender equity and diversity in science and is the coordinator of the Lise Meitner Society Tübingen, a non-profit organisation working towards gender equity in STEM.

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A Global Initiative to Stop Wildfires!

The last wildfires season in Australia was terrible. Although my family and I weren’t directly affected by the fires, the air was very polluted. We would go out of the house only with masks, and we had air purifiers inside the house, to be able to breathe. There are many countries affected by wildfires, and even those that are not directly affected by wildfires, are affected by the air pollution.

I have an Australian PhD and deep expertise in wildfires, so through my not-for-profit called Tech4Future, I launched a global initiative to stop wildfires called F.I.R.E.(Fire Initiative in Research and Education).

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Scientists are Conducting Fundamental Research With ‘Speed Machines’!

Particle physicists claim they understand the universe, but the complexity of this surprising paradox behind our universe reveals to us that still 95 percent of the universe is yet not understood nor has it been seen directly. Mind dazzling indeed but if our universe would not contain e.g. entropy, wiggling particles possessing their own “wiggle-room” so to speak and slow, non-excited, as they seem to be, “hippy particles” as some of its fundamental components, we would not have the complex world we see today, including you and me.

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How to increase your employability from home!

Looking for inspiration on how to increase your employability during this undeniably difficult period? Read below for some quick, easy and free ways to spend your days at home productively and for the most part enjoyably. Great for those who are currently unemployed and ready to enter the job-hunting arena when lockdown rules are paused, also great for those who are employed but are looking into self-development and / or changing their career.

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Women in Astronomy: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going!

As a woman in a position of power in STEM, I’ve dedicated much of my energy to ensuring that future generations of young women are empowered and inspired to join the scientific community (particularly in a career in astronomy, but I guess I am a bit biased). For future generations of women to feel comfortable embracing a career in STEM, we must pave the way for them to pursue their personal and professional aspirations in a society that respects and appreciates their contribution. 

tampons

How planning around my menstrual cycle has made me more productive (and less overwhelmed)!

As a woman in science, you probably have or had a menstrual cycle. A cycle that affects us physically, emotionally, and also mentally. But it’s something that has been traditionally stigmatized. Something we keep private and don’t often share, especially when working. But that cycle can help us be more productive at work. We can plan the most suitable task for each phase. And most importantly, don’t feel guilty or ashamed when we are not as efficient as we would like at doing a task that is not the best for that phase. This cycle is a source of energy we can learn to harness!