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Archive for October, 2013

I’m Scared for Another Reason this Halloween

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Well, friends, this is it – not only is it Halloween, but it’s the last full day of the #STEMPrincess project on Kickstarter.  Where did the time go?

I put together this final update video for the campaign below.  While I’m thrilled we exceeded our goal, as I confessed to you yesterday, I’m a little sad to say goodbye to this part of the process – it has been a TON of work, but it’s been so much fun to try!

Have a safe and happy Halloween.  And if nothing else from this campaign, know this: that while it is scary to try new things, sometimes they can work out even better than you ever expected – so push through the scary and watch the magic on the other side!!!

#STEMPrincess project on Kickstarter: The End of the Beginning! from Erin Albert on Vimeo.

#STEMPrincess Project in Drug Topics & All Great Things Must Come to An End

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

DakotaFirst off, thanks to Drug Topics magazine for giving me a shot to explain why we pushed the universe on the #STEMPrincess project over here in October.  I think in pharmacy we tend to forget that girls aren’t in STEM, because we have so many women in pharmacy. However, that is definitely NOT the case in other areas of STEM.

Second, while we met and exceeded our Kickstarter goal (Yay! and thanks again to our fantastical backers), someone asked me yesterday how they could just buy a copy of The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM.  Great question!

The book isn’t fully written yet.  Second, it is also being illustrated, which takes time to get right.  Thus, the book in hardcopy won’t be available until the end of 1Q14, which means some waiting time.  I also need to emphasize here that I’m still not sure if I will “sell” the hardcopy book at traditional online outlets like Amazon and B&N.  That’s an entire book in itself as to why, which I won’t go into this second.  But, let me instead state that: the surest way to get a hard copy of this book FIRST for a girl in your life is to BACK THE PROJECT NOW BEFORE IT ENDS.

Why?  Because my book is going to the backers FIRST.  Then, I’ll distribute the copies to the library system.  I at this point will not guarantee there will be other hard copies available for sale – there will be eBook copies – but I’m still not sure about hard copies.

So, even though we’ve met our goal – did we meet our goal for YOUR little girl?  Did you ensure she has her copy first ready to go before the rest of the universe?  If you haven’t backed the project, she may lose out.  While there’s always the library option for her, I want to make sure as many girls who want this book have it in their hands as soon as possible.

Today, I’ll be working on the final update on the project, which is the beginning of the end for Kickstarter’s program, but the end of the beginning for the book itself.  While I’m a little sad it is ending, I am so glad you all went on this journey with me, and while it was a ton of work, I’m glad we made it!  Thanks to y-o-u!

The FINAL episode of…Did the STEM Princess Really Live Happily Ever After? Kate Gundlach

Monday, October 28th, 2013


Again – THANK YOU to all who backed the #STEMPrincess project thus far, but those who also increased their backing – and now that we’ve reached our goal (YAYNESS!) and are ending the month and the program with only a few days left to back (and if you haven’t back, you still can!), I wanted to bring you the FINAL episode of: Did the STEM Princess Grow Up and Really Live Happily Ever After?

This week, we have Kate Gundlach, systems engineer at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing!

For those of you who didn’t catch all the episodes of this series – here they are, one more time!

STEM Princess Happily ever after video series:
1. Kristin Eilenberg – Lodestone Logic
2. Tasha Phelps – Phelco Technologics, Inc.
3. Dr. Nichole Wilson – Community Health Network
4. Dr. Julie Koehler – Butler University COPHS
5. Shelley Myers – Simplee Wellness 
6. Kate Gundlach – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

I created this series to support the fact that there are REAL WOMEN in STEM already; however, their stories aren’t being told enough yet to inspire other girls to get excited about STEM careers.  So, through this series, I wanted to share with you some of the amazing STEM princesses that I know in the real world, all grown up, who really do live happily ever after in their chosen careers.

It has been a true pleasure filming these women and sharing their stories – and I will keep their videos up hopefully to inspire others moving forward!!!


Thursday, October 24th, 2013

To all the backers of #STEMPrincess, and those who supported the project with tweets, RTs, posts, and sharing galore during the almost past 30 days – I just wanted to sincerely THANK YOU for helping me help Hoosier girls get excited about STEM – as we are now officially 100% funded!

and if you ARE a backer, more international mystery trip to come!

We Interrupt the Kickstarter #STEMPrincess Project…For a Chat with Dr. Julie Koehler

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

for yet another episode of: DID the #STEMPrincess grow up and live happily ever after?  This time, we chat with Dr. Julie Koehler of Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

(As well, this is in honor of American Pharmacists’ Month!)

Remember, you can be what you can see.  It was important to present to the universe amazing women already rocking STEM, even though we don’t have enough yet in the fold!  Please make sure you’re encouraging boys and girls to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.  With enough hard work and dedication, there is a STAR in all of us, in STEM, or out!

Another #STEMPrincess Episode: Did the STEM Princess really live happily ever after? With Dr. Julie Koehler from Erin Albert on Vimeo.

The #STEMPrincess Happily Ever After Project – A Chat with Shelley Myers of Simplee Wellness

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Q: What do you get when you cross a woman, a nurse, with an exercise physiologist major, an informatics specialist, and an entrepreneur?

A: The amazing adventures of: Shelley Myers of Simplee Wellness, who is our latest #STEMPrincess all grown up who we chat with this week about STEM.

Watch, listen, learn and get inspired like I did!


Jane Austen: STEMinist…?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Claude made me write this post.  ‘Claude’ is the Claude Debussy channel on Pandora, which is the channel I usually listen to on my evening walks.  They play music from Jane Austen movies – that’s what prompted me to think about – #STEM and Jane Austen…that’s where this madness came from.

I’m a Jane Austen junkie.  I think I’ve said that here before, but just let me be clear about that. There are few things for which I’m completely certain, and this is one where I am certain…so please allow me to put that stake firmly into the ground.

Also, I’ve noticed during my research of the #STEMPrincess project, that a lot of other women in STEM are avid readers, and even fellow Jane junkies.  (Here are some just to prove it.)

While Jane, in my humble opinion, brought us some of the most interesting and complex characters of all time in the literature, (even as a possible game theorist), I often wonder – if she had a shot at a more formal education, would she have taken it?  Furthermore, had she gone through formal education, would she have been in STEM?  Would she have created something amazing in the realm of science, or engineering?

Don’t get me wrong – the world would be a far, far poorer place without Brandon and Darcy, and much less colorful without Willoughby and Wickham.  But I do know Jane was an avid reader, and primarily educated informally by her family.  What if she had had a shot at a formal education, like her brothers?

While it’s pretty clear she was a feminist as well, being independent and never marrying, would she have been a STEMinist, if given the opportunity?  And even bigger, what if women had always been treated equal in terms of educational opportunities?  What would the world look like now?

Thanks, Claude.

We Interrupt the #STEMPrincess Project…

Friday, October 18th, 2013

…for another acclaimed episode of…Did the #STEMPrincess grow up and really live happily ever after?

Today, we feature Dr. Nichole Wilson at Community Health Network.  Hear her story, and remember – we can be what we can see!  Let’s make sure our girls and our boys are able to see all options for careers moving forward!

The #STEMPrincess Project: The International Road Trip for Backers Only!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

First off, we are 53% funded with T minus 15 days and counting – THANK YOU to all the magnificent backers out there who have not only supported financially, but also given me encouraging email and connections relevant to girls, STEM and Indiana. I am appreciative!

Second, it’s time to mix it up a little.  Next week for the #STEMPrincess Project, 3 words:

International. Road. Trip!

BUT – there’s a catch – if you want to see where we’re headed and watch the action, you MUST be a #STEMPrincess Backer.  Backers will be the only people sharing the international road trip with us.

If you’ve been waiting to jump in on backing this project, and you love to travel – now is the time to join us!  Cheers!

Studio (i) Interview: The #STEMPrincess Project Goes Across Indiana

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Really grateful to my friends over at Inside Indiana Business, who not only allowed us to discuss the plight of girls, STEM and Indiana in digital print, but now, VIDEO!  If the video link doesn’t take you directly to the #STEMPrincess video on Studio (i) – just look for the orange title of the book “The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM.”

If the stats don’t disturb you after watching this video, I don’t know what will.  We should not rest until we’ve done what we can to get this book into the hands of girls across the state to get them fired up about STEM.  Please consider contributing to the project, and regardless, support girls and boys EVERYWHERE who are interested in learning more about STEM – encourage them wherever you go, and whatever you do.