Welcome to the second installment of the Science Moms Digest!
Jenny Splitter recently wrote a personal (but also evidence-based!) piece about sleep-training for Parents.com.
In my opinion, Jenny's piece demonstrates how personal anecdotes can be shared alongside evidence in order to convey a message to an audience. The New Yorker published an article entitled Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds, which I find to be a worthwhile read, considering the goals of the Science Moms project and the culture of fear and misinformation that we're working against.
On a related note, last week I had the honor of traveling to St. Louis to attend a number of events centered around advocating for facts over fear when it comes to the food we eat. I attended the "Food and Fear" panel, held at Washington University and presented by IWF and Monsanto. This panel discussion, which featured Julie Gunlock, Steve Savage, Joni Kamiya, Amanda Zaluckij, Lora Ianotti, and Eliza Dunn, focused on the culture of alarmism facing consumers as well as how we could find facts in this sea of misinformation. This event was well-attended in general, but what delighted me the most was to see that a number of Washington University were in attendance and were engaged in learning more about this topic.
My time in St. Louis, which was spent in the presence of a brilliant group of women, included a day of tours and lively discussions at the Monsanto research facility, as well as a dinner at the awesome Kitchen Conservatory. (If you follow me on Twitter, you might've seen the #MonsantoDeliciousDinner tweets from that night!)
Everything about the St. Louis trip was fantastic, but my favorite takeaway from my time there was the almost instant bond between the group of us who some cheeky person dubbed "Superwomen of Science." There's something wonderfully unifying about sharing a cause (in this case, the "Facts Not Fear," pro-biotechnology cause) with others. Science and reason can be great unifiers, even when other differences exist between us. I look forward to future collaborations with the women I met on this trip!
And now, to end this edition of the Science Moms Digest on an odd/hilarious/WTF note, Kavin Senapathy wrote... this.
Until next time,