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Can Girls in Science be Cool Now?

In the past few years, geek has become the new chic.  With the surge in popularity of comic book movies, television shows like Doctor Who, and the ever-increasing popularity of video games, it’s no wonder.  Those of us who have always had a crush on Han Solo, or who can quote Futurama in any social situation already knew – being a geek is awesome.  And we all rejoiced that everyone else had caught up to our way of thinking.

So can girls in science be cool now?  When I was in school, it was decidedly uncool to be interested in science or math.  I was the only girl in my computer programming class, and one of only a few in the advanced physics class.  Showing any kind of interest in the standard chemistry or biology warranted dirty looks from the majority of my female classmates.  I sat quietly in precalculus and didn’t raise my hand to answer any questions. 

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Launch Day!

Although now technically the day after the launch…

The launch was amazing.  I was moved to tears at the sight of it.  This entire experience has been incredible.  I’ve met some great people, seen some awesome science, and got to realize a dream of mine that I wasn’t sure would ever come to pass.  The moral of the story?  Go big or go home.

Jen will be making a page to chronicle all her adventures from the weekend, but we will leave you this picture of the Falcon 9 rocket as it left the ground, headed for the International Space Station.