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Carpe Awesomeness

February 28th, 2015

1awesomenessLately, I’ve been fascinated by and studying good coaching. What does it take to be a good coach? How can coaches motivate others to change? What balance of positive and critical feedback should a coach give to motivate? This is really important for healthcare professionals to understand, now that we are moving into wellness and preventative care. With pharmacists being the most accessible healthcare professionals to patients, the coaching aspect of our profession always needs polish.

And, while I’m not a fan of professional sports, I do enjoy reading about the strategies that professional coaches utilize to maximize team output, as I believe much of what they do can translate to any team. This article, for example, recently out from Harvard Business Review studies what habits effective sports coaches use with their teams.

Horace was the first attributed to saying “Carpe diem,” which translated means seize the day. But I think we can take it a step further and state that we also, as good coaches and leaders, must seize the awesomeness.

What Does Carpe Awesomeness Look Like?

What do I mean by this? We have to give positive feedback immediately and urgently. When you spot someone doing something you personally think as awesome, make it your mission to tell them. Immediately. Tell them when it happens. Do not wait.

For example, at the day job, we’ve had a group of students working on forming a new open-access student driven multimedia journal called BU Well. While the team is working for the most part virtually, I’ve been trying to give them immediate positive feedback when I spot them doing great work.

As well, we’ve had to make up a lot of procedures on the fly while creating this new experience in higher education, so, I’ve had to figure out how to utilize tools to maximize team efficiency. One tool that saved me was SurveyMonkey. I used it to figure out which students wanted to work on different subteams on this open-access journal project. Setting up a survey was easy, and feedback was fast and efficient.

I sent a note of thanks over to SurveyMonkey this morning. This is on-demand carpe awesomeness in my mind – I couldn’t have done this without them and their tool, and it was important to let them know that due to their awesomeness, I was able to do my work faster and more efficiently.

So, if you’re working on being a good coach – try out the “carpe awesomeness” experiment as I am trying–when you spot awesomeness in action, freely hand out the “good job!” feedback as quickly as you can. You don’t need a fancy title to give it. You don’t even need to be an official manager to give it, either! EVERYONE can carpe awesomeness!

While it is easy to criticize on demand (and trust me, I’ve given and received more than my fair share of criticism at times), it’s equally easy to give positive feedback if and when you see awesomeness in action and get in the habit of it.

What are your best thoughts on giving positive feedback?  I welcome you to join the conversation over at LinkedIn.

 

A 7-Step Recipe for Teamwork that Works

February 26th, 2015
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My grandmother’s recipe box.

Lately, it seems that universe is trying to teach me something about teamwork.

In my mind, a great team recipe consists of the following:

1. Diverse thinking and people.  The weirder, the better.

2. Collaborative spirit.  Everyone is willing to help each other out.

3. Professionalism.  Each member of the team acts like a professional, and puts the cause before the individual.

4. Fun. Why does every team need to be drudgery?  It doesn’t.

5. Takes the work seriously.  But not necessarily themselves individually as serious.

6. Works hard, but doesn’t worry about credit.  Good teams focus on the work itself, not who contributed what.

7. Dives in.  Doesn’t dabble – a good team member is 100% in, 100% out. And, if s/he doesn’t play, s/he’s not part of the team in the first place.

The teams I’ve witnessed recently aren’t acting like this.  So, maybe the less than ideal behavior witnessed is begging me to post this.  I don’t know.  But I do know good teamwork when I see it, and the list above, while may not be capturing everything on a good team, is certainly a good start.

What I Know For Sure

February 25th, 2015

Oprah has this new book out with this title.  She also has a column in her magazine about it.

And while I certainly do not know everything (and there are days where I feel I’m reverting), nor as much as Oprah, here are a few things I do know for sure:

1. Your life is an experiment. Experiment. After all, you only have one shot.  For example, this week, I worked on book #9.  And while I’m heading into double digits of original book titles I’ve published now, I still have no idea where to publish it, or how to publish it, because the publishing industry is still jacked up.  Ebook? Book-book? Self published? Shop it around with a “traditional” publisher? Print on demand?  I don’t know which direction I’m heading in just yet, but I do know that I will continue to experiment in book publishing land, because you only live once.

2. If you’re going to ask for some social capital, have it firmly in place.  Nothing irks me more than new people in my network asking for something from me right off the bat, before I even ask if I can help them in any way.  Don’t let this be you.  Please don’t be that guy.  Personally, I hate asking for favors…it kills me.  It puts a chink in one’s social capital.  Make sure you have a firm relationship set with someone before you go asking them for a bunch of favors/stuff/deals and/or discounts.

3. Hustle.  The best and brightest never rest.  They work hard, and realize fully that they are entitled to NOTHING in this world.  The hustle doesn’t end when you get into your dream school, college, grad school or organization.  The hustle doesn’t end when you graduate–from high school, college, or medical school.  It doesn’t end when you got the dream internship, residency or full time job, either.  The hustle NEVER ends.  So, don’t rest on your laurels.

4. Know who you are, and what one thing you can uniquely offer the world.  I am a futurist, maximizer and I love ideas.  I value working on the forefront of knowledge, creativity and independence.  My unique thing is littering the universe with knowledge.  I can write, speak, teach and educate from online, offline, real-time or archived homestudy formats.  By “littering,” I mean I can deliver education through various portals and formats.  Who are you?  What’s the one thing you can uniquely offer the world?  After all, we’re each here for a reason.  What is your reason?  Not knowing is not good.  So, if you don’t know, figure it out.  That’s probably one of the most important life lessons you need to learn while you’re here. Ignoring this is easy.  The hard work is figuring this out.

5. There is no perfection, and no failure.  Neither state actually exists.  There is no perfection, because that is a subjective term that is different for each of us.  There is no failure if we learn from the mistake or error–it was merely a lesson.  Someone had an excellent article online a couple of days ago that argued perfection IS failure, because if you’re perfect at something, you failed, because you didn’t really learn anything from the experience.  I really like this – because so many of us hold on to this belief that perfection and failure are at opposite ends of the spectrum.  In fact, they may be just two of a kind!

What do you know for sure?  Oprah shared.  So did I. Write your own post on what you know for sure…and share with the rest of the class.

Is It Time for an Ethics Exam in Pharmacist Licensure?

February 24th, 2015

So, this was an interesting conversation I had a few days ago, and something I’ve been pondering ever since law school.

(And, shout out to all my peeps taking the bar exam in the next few days.  Good luck and may the force be with you.)

For those of you who are not lawyers or pharmacists, I need to discuss both of these professions for a moment.  First, law.  There are several components to the Bar Exam, (the exam to become a licensed attorney) and the components vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  However, one of the components that every future lawyer is required to pass in Indiana (and many other  jurisdictions in the US) is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

The MPRE is to assess professional conduct of attorneys.  To me, that means ethics.  In law school, we had to take a course called Professional Responsibility, where we studied the model rules of professional conduct, or how we should act around clients, other attorneys, etc.  Most jurisdictions even codify or make the model ethics rules law, including Indiana.  So, as an attorney, there are ethics laws.

I’ll conclude the law portion here by saying that lawyers are usually one of the least trusted professions out there, according to AP polls, despite the fact that we all as lawyers need to pass an ethics exam and practice under these rules.

Now–pharmacy.  Pharmacy is second only in trust by society to nursing, which for the last few years has been #1.  In pharmacy, we have an Oath that we take, usually at two times: 1. when we get our white coats and enter the professional phase of pharmacy programs, and 2. when we become licensed pharmacists.  Most, if not all schools of pharmacy also offer an ethics course – but it’s usually more about the ethics of healthcare, rather than mere ethics of behavior as a pharmacist.

If you’re like me, the next question you may have is–are pharmacists actually assessed or tested on ethics as part of their licensure?  Pharmacists typically have two (or more) exams to become licensed: 1. the NAPLEX (or clinical/therapeutic examination), and 2. the MPJE – which is a law examination.  (Not an ethical examination.  Remember–law and ethics are really two different things.)

Back to the answer of the previous question.  In the state of Indiana–no.  There is no licensure exam on testing a pre-pharmacist’s or future-pharmacist’s ethics.

Does pharmacy have model rules of professional conduct?  Nope.  What about ethics as law for pharmacists?  Not really in Indiana. Yes, we have a lot (A LOT) of laws that we need to follow as pharmacists, but at least in Indiana, there aren’t many, if any ethics laws that we need to uphold.  Breaking the law is one thing…but breaking ethics, when there are no ethics laws–is hard to technically do.  More troubling, ethical challenges aren’t as easy to discern–as black and white–as breaking the law, for example.

I’ll conclude by stating that some of the biggest challenges I see in pharmacy education these days aren’t generally in therapeutic or clinical knowledge (although, to be fair, I don’t teach therapeutics or clinical skills as a large part of my teaching).  I’d say more often than not, the challenges in developing students into professionals–the very notion of what it means to be and act like a professional–i.e. professionalism itself is now one of the biggest challenges.  If there are no standardized rules on how to act as a professional within a profession, how can we ever really know whether or not a future pharmacist, or pharmacist in general, is going to do the ethical thing, or make the better ethical choice, in the course of his or her duties as a licensed pharmacist?

I’ll conclude with this: is it time to start assessing ethics as part of becoming a licensed pharmacist?

I’ll let you decide.

Five Books, One Cause

February 23rd, 2015

Frequently, I get asked about how to help students write and publish their own books, now that we’ve helped 5 different teams of students write and publish their own books through interdisciplinary teams at Butler University.  So, I had to write up a summary of the now 5 projects this morning.

Instead of just sending the summary in an email – I wanted to put it down here as well, to encourage other schools to think about ways they can assemble interprofessional teams to write and publish books, particularly around healthcare subjects.  We have the most expensive healthcare system in the world, and there’s always more room to get quality healthcare information, particularly in the preventative healthcare realm, out into the ether.

Before I go into the outcomes, I wanted to state that Butler University’s mission focuses on a core liberal arts and sciences education, followed by professional/technical education.  These projects strike at the very heart of our mission as a University, because they are interdisciplinary (in that we have students focus on BOTH LAS core as well as professional/technical education through these projects) as well as interprofessional, because we have teams of students from different professional schools working and teaching each other about their professions in these projects.

Enough about the background – ready for the books?

5 Interprofessional Book Projects Published by Butler University Students:

1. Prescription To My Younger Self: What I Learned After Pharmacy School (2008) – available at
Amazon, and at the Butler University bookstore.   There were 4 authors from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, all of whom graduated in 2008.  A team of students from Jordan College of the arts led by Prof. Gautam Rao designed the cover.  Many Butler COPHS faculty contributed letters to this book project discussing the lessons they learned about themselves and their profession after pharmacy school.  After covering costs, half of the proceeds from sales have gone back to Butler scholarship funding, and half have gone to cancer research.

2. Pharmacy and Me (2012) – available at Amazon as an ebook, and at the Butler University bookstore as a book-book.  Three COPHS pharmacy majors were co-authors of this project, with other students from the College of Education (COE) and Jordan College of the Arts (JCA). They raised enough money in presales to give a copy of this book away to every graduating P4 COPHS pharmacy major that year.  JCA and COE profs also helped.

3. He Huffed and He Puffed But…A Tale of a Wolf With Asthma (2013) – available at Amazon as an ebook, and at the Butler Bookstore as a book book.  We had 2 COPHS pharmacy majors on this project, along with students from COE, JCA and added the College of Business (COB) students.  This group rocked a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for book production, and they also sold 700 copies of this book to one buyer.  I had faculty help obviously from COB, COE and JCA as well.  I had a colleague in COPHS help out with this one as well.

4. Max Greene and the Vaccine Team (2015, in press) -  Presale ordering is available at their website.  With immunizations and outbreaks of measles recently, I can’t think of a better time to release a children’s book like this – to help kids and their parents understand the importance of vaccines to families and public health.  This project enlisted help from 2 COPHS students, along with students from COE, COB, and JCA/LAS.  I also had help in my college.  Their book will be out this spring, and here’s their PR.

5. The Gifts of Indiana: A Tale of Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure (2015, in press) – presale order form and their former presale crowdfunding campaign.  This is a project with one pharmacy COPHS major, and students from COB, COE work here too.  The genesis of this project was that a professional contact of mine joined the Indiana 2016 Bicentennial Commission, and encouraged Butler to apply for official endorsement of a children’s book about the history of Indiana–which this book now has.  Many historical figures in Indiana history featured in this book were experts in STEM: science, tech, engineering or math careers.  This book too should be released this spring.  Both books 4 & 5 should be presented at Butler University’s Undergraduate Research Conference.  Of course, colleagues in COE, COB were leaders on this project.

I’m not going to lie – setting these projects up is a LOT of work.  It’s a ton of work for the students AND for faculty.  It is labor intensive on both sides if done well.  Each college set up different criteria for enrollment in these projects, and whether or not students receive classroom credit for them or some other form of reward for their work.

Regardless, I’m glad we can offer these project-based, real-world opportunities for our students.  As I am a graduate of Butler and understand the importance of its mission, I just want to make sure we’re offering these types of interdisciplinary and interprofessional projects in ways that we can for students.  They can come in many forms, and this is just one form.

Besides, there is NOTHING COOLER than handing a potential employer a copy of your published illustrated book prior to graduation.  I never had that opportunity as a college student – so it’s time to make that magic happen for others!

 

The Future of Pharmacy – Part Deux

February 16th, 2015

I’ve written about this topic before. But I need to elaborate.  I’m also going to try to elaborate on the skills that I think future pharmacists may need to “own” the future. (And caution: some of the trends below aren’t pretty – but I think they need to be discussed…)

Two words. Vending. Machines:

I really, really REALLY don’t dig these. But here it is. There are going to be more and more pharmacy vending machines coming up.  I’ll tell you why I don’t like them.  In the evenings when I was at law school over 4 years and starving, the only cafeteria options we had at 8 pm at night were the vending machines.  I fed a lot of money into those vending machines.  Sometimes, the food would get stuck inside the vending machine, and I couldn’t get it out.  Now, getting between me and my Snickers bar when I’m hangry, granted, isn’t a pretty scene.  Imagine what the sick, tired and angry patient will be experiencing when the prescription doesn’t come out of the vending machine?  Who’s going to be there to fix it?

Skills needed for the pharmacist:  Pharmacists are definitely going to need to get tech-y here if they want to dominate in this area.

First in house, smart tech:

…is going to not only rule our homes, but it will integrate with our health. This is already happening.  It’s in iOS 8. HealthKit and HomeKit are already in your iPhones.  You’ll be able to keep everything on your phones and run your life via this tech.  I’m just in hopes that Apple’s HomeKit has smart tech integrated into the refrigerators and medicine cabinets to simply send off the alert to you and/or your pharmacy when you need a refill on something (and not just Rx, but OTC stuff too).

Skills needed for the pharmacist: Tech. Again. And make sure that the pharmacy world is talking to the developers.  And vice versa.

The drones will drop it off:

I’m actually kind of baffled as to why Jeff Bezos hasn’t gotten into the pharmacy space just yet.  Once he has his drones up and running, it would make a lot of sense to send prescription drugs through the “drone” channel, particularly to the elderly who no longer drive.  Unless, we go Star Trek and someone invents a drug synthesizer, like the food synthesizer on the show.  But, that would be the physicists inventing that (BTW – can you all please get on that? I’d like a teleporter. Pronto. Thanks!)

Skills needed for the pharmacist: Unless we’re going to require more physics here, I’m not sure what we can do. Physics wasn’t my strong suit.

Pharmacy as a space will need to be first as a third space:

I’m not sure the idea of “grocery shopping” and “running errands” will exist in the future.  This could free up a lot of our time from stuff we have to do (LIKE run errands) into stuff we WANT to do (like, hang out at cool third spaces other than at home and at work).  Or, maybe because of the internet, we won’t have a work space that much longer, which would free us to work WHERE and WHEN we want.  If that’s the case, third spaces are going to need to get a lot cooler for us to WANT to hang out at them.  I still think a bookstore/pharmacy hangout would be a good combo.  A bank/pharmacy would be a good combo for security’s sake.  But, if the medicine cabinet is ordering your refill, and the drones are dropping it off–WHY would you need to go to a pharmacy anymore?

Skills needed for the pharmacist: Pharmacists who understand design, civic and city development, psychology, and what makes people come to third spaces will win here.  Pharmacies that can create one-of-a-kind experiences for their patients will also win here.  (Let’s face it, going to pharmacies right now is an utterly forgettable experience.  But does it have to be?)  I’m also in hopes we have more pharmacist entrepreneurs seizing this opportunity too moving forward.

I also think this third space concept is an opportunity for the pharmacist as teacher and coach.  I see classes and offerings here as a community hub for wellness.  But pharmacists are not only going to have to bring their clinical knowledge here, but also their creativity in bringing in people to listen to their courses on living better lives.  In this busy world, that could be a hard sell in the beginning.

Will live healthcare need to be “edutaining”?

This is one area that I think we humans can beat the machines.  We are more creative than they are; hence, I think pharmacists will, as educators, have an amazing opportunity to provide value by not only educating, but entertaining as well.  In an attention deficit world, I’m sorry to say, mortality really isn’t a “hook” anymore.  Learning about your health and wellness needs to be like anything else–fun–otherwise, we’ll all fall asleep from boredom.  I’m not saying this is right, but I am speaking the truth.

Skills needed for the pharmacist:  Teaching. In a variety of ways.  One of the areas of teaching in pharmacy I’m most fired up about is writing.  We focus a lot on oral communication, but we don’t do much in the realm of writing.  So, I’ve personally made it my mission to help students stretch their writing talents–like through this creation of BU Well, and for students writing children’s books on healthcare topics.  This year, we have two that students are producing.  One on vaccinesThe other for 4th graders in Indiana on STEM leaders of Indiana in time for the Indiana Bicentennial in 2016.  I’ve said it here many times, but I will say it again: writers. Are. Leaders. If you are considering pharmacy programs–ask, “What writing communication courses and co-curricular opportunities do you offer?”  I won’t, however, tell you what to do if you see blank stares…

Labs/tests and wellness checks:

Point of care testing labs.  They are a pain to find, then find the hours of, then schedule to go to when your doc orders labs.  Instead, I think smart pharmacies will start offering lab and tests inside pharmacies on a regular basis, to help patients avoid the headaches of one off lab testing. This could be for Fido too.  Check out Abaxis and their Piccolo machine.

Skills needed for the pharmacist: Pharmacists need to fully understand labs, lab values, when patients should get labs, and clinical aspects of disease management with labs here.  This is the only instance thus far where I think more clinical wizardry comes into play.

Big Data:

I think in the future, pharmacists will be interacting with a lot of big data to assess and seek trends–in the data for patients, and for populations of patients.  Large self-insured employers already hire one pharmacist to oversee and manage the health of the patient employee population, and manage the drug formulary that an employer offers to its employees.  These days, the drug formulary alone in terms of costs can suck up to 20% of the total healthcare spend for an employer. Keeping a tight reign on this is important.

Skills needed for the pharmacist: Pharmacists here need to understand pharmacoeconomics and analytics here.  They need to be able to see whether or not a drug is worth the spend.  And, in the era of specialty drugs – managing specialty drug spend alone is going to be a huge opportunity to reign in costs.  They also need some acumen around bioinformatics.  Are pharmacy students learning how to manage and run a drug formularly in school?  Are we handing a blob of data over to students who can find trends and suggest better management of patients based upon an analysis of those trends?  Are we teaching students to PREDICT trends in a population?

There you go.  I see this stuff already here, or coming.

Are we ready for it, pharmacy?

5 Ways to Love Your Professional Self This Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015

heartHappy Valentine’s Day.

I know, I know. This holiday has a lot of baggage associated with it. It’s not my favorite either. BUT…I do dig the concept of starting with love. That can’t be a bad way to start a holiday, right? Furthermore, I love that it really can begin with loving yourself. After all, you’re fabulous! And, you’re never really going to be happy with anyone else until you’re happy with yourself first.

So, a gentle reminder to love yourself first. Here are a few ways you can show yourself some professional love this holiday!

5 Ways to Show Your Professional Self Some Love this Valentine’s Day

1. Back up your computer – Please. Right now. You will thank me. If you need a visual reminder, see the episode of the classic HBO series, Sex and The City, where Carrie has a complete breakdown when the sad mac face shows up. Back up your phone too while you’re at it–especially your photos. Losing your vacation photos is awful, especially if you’re never going to be back to that same spot again.

2. Update your resume and/or CV – Companies are still very fragile things. The world changes on a dime. Are you ready to pivot along with it? Show yourself much love by keeping your CV and/or resume ready to roll at any and all times. It will be one less stress point that hopefully you’ll never need to worry about updating in a panic.

3. Fund your retirement – You need to love yourself that exists today. But you also need to be your own Don King for the future. What are you doing to love your future self? One way you can take care of yourself is by setting up your foundation for the future today. If you aren’t funding your retirement now, start. Put some away in your 401k/403b at work–at least to the match amount if your company offers a match (if you aren’t matching, you’re leaving free money on the table). Open an IRA. If you can’t fund it all at once, set it up for smaller incremental payments and make it automatic. Bach is right – The Automatic Millionaire is a great book and concept to get started on for loving your future self!

4. Do or start one thing you’ve always wanted to try – I tried something recently that I’ve never tried before…and although I’m not totally sure of the full outcome of this particular experiment just yet (nor can I discuss it quite yet either), I loved the process! It was fun to go on a journey I’d never been on before. It makes for richer experiences, and a richer life. Try it. Besides, you never know who else you could be inspiring! YOU CAN BE WHAT YOU CAN SEE!!

5. Thank a friend or mentor for getting you where you are right nowYou already know how I feel about thank you notes. Here’s just another excuse to bust out the cards of thanks and get writing! By showing others that they matter to you and your quality of life–your best life–you in turn will get intrinsic love out of the process. It is far, far better to give than receive anyway, right?

These are just 5 tiny steps you can take to show yourself some professional love this V-Day. Even if you try only one, that’s a great start! As another red head who was far more popular than me, Lucille Ball said, “Love yourself first and everything falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

 

6 Random Thoughts Going Through My Head

February 10th, 2015

Disturbing.

Harsh – or fair?

Why do I blog?

Spring break.

Stemtastic.

More work to do

5 REAL Reality TV Shows I’d Love to See

February 9th, 2015

Since someone connected with me today who may have some power to make decisions about REAL television shows, I dedicate this post to them.

And I’m going to get on my soapbox for a second: TV reality shows for women are bad. Terrible. Awful. Not inspiring. At all.

OK, there are a tiny few exceptions.  There’s Shark Tank – that has a few women sharks on it.  Cool. (Although, has there ever been a girl only sharks only episode?)  There’s Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict (an addiction I can get behind).  Dig.  Of course, there’s all kinds of decorating/cooking shows with women on them, but I’m here to declare that’s just not enough.

Recall–you can be what you can see.  So, if we can watch women doing really amazing things, the rest of us can be inspired to try (and succeed) with our own endeavors.

So, instead of the Housewives of Dodoland/wives of doctors, or whatever wives of whatever shows are on (and I won’t even speak of the other reality shows about nothing–you know who you are), here are 5 shows I’d LOVE to see on TV/Netflix/Cable/YouTube or all of the above!

5 Women’s Reality Shows I’d Love to Watch

1. Nonprofit Women Rockstars – Inspire me with women who dare to start, run and grow non profits.  In an age where organizations are crumbling overnight, show me the organizations succeeding!  Show me how women bring groups of disparate peeps together to achieve great things in the non profit sector and solve really ugly, nasty problems!

2. Social Business Fierce Females – Social Entrepreneurship is taking over the planet. SHOW ME SOME WOMEN who already started social businesses, so we can follow in their footsteps!

3. See Jane Run – I’m not talking about a marathon here.  I want to watch women running for POLITICAL offices.  Show me a real campaign.  Show me the good, bad and ugly – so I can determine if I personally can stomach a run for political office one day. 2016′s POTUS and a lot of Congressional races are coming up – WHAT BETTER TIME?!?

4. STEMtastic Women – There is such a need for more girls to get interested in computer science and engineering.  If we had real TV shows following real women rocking these two fields of STEM specifically, I’d be in – so would a lot of other moms and their daughters!  Show me women inventing cool things!  And there were quite a few women historically who rocked STEM, but I don’t find their stories in books, much.  More. More. MORE!

5. STEM Princess Cartoon* – The girls really, really REALLY need a cartoon about STEM subjects that girls can rock. I’ve got 20 princesses ready to rock!

There you go.  To whom this could influence to get some real programming on: GO FOR IT!*  You don’t even need to give me credit on these, even though I technically own copyright on them now.  (This is a tangible, fixed medium of expression.)  Stop with the garbage on women’s TV shows and bring on the TV stuff that could help us make the world a better place!  There’s nothing wrong with being edutaining – we need more of it in this world, and women can always use a boost of positive mojo to make this world a better place.

*Except for #5.  You’ll need to contact me directly before forging ahead on that one… : )

50 Shades of STEM

February 7th, 2015

50ShadesofredYesterday was #GoRedForWomen.  And if you didn’t know about it, know this: 1 in 3 women still die in this country of heart disease, and 80% of it is preventable.  Ladies – take care of yourselves.

However, this post doesn’t have much to do with that.

Nor does it have much to do with that dreaded red candy-filled holiday coming up.  Nor that film.

Instead, I want to spread some STEM love this holiday season–give us all some things that might actually be helpful for kids to learn more about Science, Tech, Engineering and Math. And, to make it more interesting, I’m going to give you 50 different options, many of which come straight out of the #STEMPrincess Resource Guide, but I’ll throw down here yet again, because the entire universe does not yet have the #STEMPrincess book.

Ready?

1. Pinterest board on STEM
2. Khan academy
3. Codecademy
4. Eleven Fifty Coding (for Indianaians, mainly, but not always)
5. Girlstart
6. Girl Scouts
7. National Girls Collaborative Project
8.  AAUW
9. HuffPo’s Girls and STEM Section
10. Why STEM Careers are important
11. STEM for the Ages
12. 239 Cool Sites around STEM for Kids
13. Kids.gov kids career pages
14. NASA for kids/students
15. TechFest 2015 – for Indiana high school kids16. Slideshare deck on STEAMED education
17. Girls and STEM by the numbers
18. Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media
19. Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
20. STEM apps for kids
21. PBS’s STEM Education Resource Center
22. Nancy Drew’s Unofficial Website
23. Women in STEM
24. 100 Women Leaders in STEM
25. Inspirational Quotes from Women Who Rock STEM
26. Girls Inc.’s SMART Program
27. National Geographic STEM Education
28. Should you become a veterinarian? Quiz
29. What Kind of Engineer Should You Be?
30. Six Reasons Why Studying Computer Science is Worth It
31. PBS Kids – Sid the Scientist
32. How to Impart STEM Ed in Your Kids
33. TinkerToys
34. 28 Best STEM Toys for Kids
35. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
36. Using Nanodiamonds to Treat Cancer
37. Learn about Sapphires
38. Quantum Mechanics for Kids
39. Pharmacology Corner
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41. What is a Theoretical Physicist?  Job Description at CERN
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43. Kaggle – home of data science
44. Who is Rosalind Franklin?
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