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Archive for April, 2014

Why I No Longer Read Pulse on LinkedIn

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Sorry, dudes and LinkedIn, but I’m no longer your Pulse app and feed anymore.  Why?

Simple.  It’s all guys.

When I look for good reading materials, I look for diversity.  Diversity of thought and people is a good thing.  But, the last couple of times when I checked in at Pulse to read what was going on, it’s nothing but all men giving their opinions.

(Hint: that’s not diverse.)

So, dear LinkedIn and Pulse – if you want me to come back, you’re going to need to get more girl power writing in your app.  I might be available – but I hope so are many other talented women.  Have you asked them to write for you?

Until then, I’m respectfully out.

PSA: 3 Tips for Citing and Writing Good Presentations

Friday, April 18th, 2014

I’ve been strongly reminded of this the past week or so as I start to grade semester-end proposals, plans, presentations, Prezis and Powerpoints.  I thought I’d pass it along to the masses, and if for no other reason, for a gentle reminder to myself then next time I pull together a presentation:

1. When you’re doing a presentation or talk, get good, solid references for your bibliography.  While you don’t have to end up using all of them, at least it shows you did your homework.  And yes, while I usually hate the adage of “more is better,” because that isn’t always the case, I think here, more references really are better, because it shows you’ve done your homework.

2. When you are citing references in a slide, use a footnote, then use the citation on the bottom of the slide.  It matters which form you use less (BlueBook if in the legal world, APA in the science world, etc.) it matters more that the reader can quickly get to the source of your quote/citation by eyeballing the slide.  If you have a live link to the actual citation that you can include (even by tinyurl if you have to pare it down) include it.  The more accessible you make the reference, the better.  Nothing drives me crazier than multiple references on a multi-bulleted slide and I can’t tell which reference goes to which bullet.  Make it EASY for the reader to link the cite to the reference.

3.  Acronyms in professions are an abomination.  If you dare to use acronyms, NEVER assume the audience knows what each acronym stands for….so….if you go there, spell it out the first time, and then use the acronym in parenthesis like this:

First time: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)”
Second and subsequent times: “FDA”

If I’ve learned anything from being multipational (or studying more than one profession), it’s that acronyms in one profession can mean something totally different in another.  Make sure you’re clear about how you use your acronyms.

That’s it.  If you can follow these 3 simple rules when citing your work, you’ll spare the reader and yourself a lot of grief by making it simple for the reader to follow your train of thought.

5 Things I’m Working on For Summer 2014

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

I realized that in my email footer, I have the 5 things I’m working on or attending for Spring – guess it’s time to update that, even though Spring has yet to make a strong appearance in my little corner of the world…

1. The Social Media Residency Program at Mayo Clinic.

2.  The ACE Women’s Regional Leadership Forum.

3. The 11th Annual CE for Pharmacists Program at Butler University – June 5-6, 2014.

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4. The Social Media Dames Unconference in Ft. Wayne – June 24, 2014: Tickets are at this link, click here.  If you want to see how awesome the SMDames13 event was last fall, check this out.

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5.  Starting my next book – what will the subject matter be?  I’m not completely sure just yet.  I’m working on it…

Memo to Mr. Iger

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

I’ve decided that the only people who are ever going to make any positive changes around here have to be…ourselves.  So, today I sent a copy of the #STEMPrincess book to Mr. Iger, CEO of Disney. Below is the memo/inscription I included in his copy.

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Feel free to use this post as the inspirational fuel to affect positive change around you.

Unicornian

Monday, April 14th, 2014

In an effort to break through a Monday full of administration, rain, and generalized tedium of being a stellarly mediocre Monday in general, I’m going to talk about something a little more (ok, a LOT more) inspiring.

Unicorns.

The font of all knowledge, Wikipedia describes them as mythical creatures with horns coming from their heads.  According to the other font of all knowledge, the Harry Potter Wiki, unicorn blood looks like liquid mercury, but once drunk, creates a “half” immortal life. The term in Urban dictionary has some less than promising definitions (which I’ll let you look up on your own), but frankly, to me, unicorns. Are. Awesome!

Allegedly, according to Urban Dictionary, unicorn tears taste like Framboise Lambic.*

You can purchase unicorn excrement cookies here.  (They are rainbow-colored.)

As for other unicorn secretions, there is much debate about what an actual unicorn would in fact excrete from his or her horn, as well as, erhm, the other bits.  Here’s one that secretes lemonade and fire from the horn–called the Katy Perry Unicorn?

There’s unicorn references o’plenty over at Pinterest – like this, this, and thisHere’s a cool coffee mug on unicorns.  Here’s the ultimate in unicorian desk awesomeness, which I definitely need to get in order to hold down my glitter for cards.

I know what you’re thinking at this point: “Hey, Albert, what’s the point here?!?” Honestly, I don’t know.  Other than I’m fighting off my Monday and yours by giving you something magical to believe in.  Unicorns aren’t administrative, lame, boring or rainy.  They’re cool, mystical, fun and colorful.  Even if it’s raining, gloomy, Monday and full of administration–unicorns rule.  Believe, people, in something better than Monday.  Believe, my people, in the awesome.  Believe…in the unicorn.

*Drink responsibly, peeps.

Bad…but Really, Good

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

OK, folks, I know.  I’m a slacker.

But, I’ve been off writing other things in lieu of blog posts.  Really I have.

Here’s what I learned this week while doing my ‘thang’:

1. I used to think the song, “The Unforgettable Fire” by U2 was about Bono’s heroin addiction.  I was wrong.  The correct answer, and song off of the album The Unforgettable Fire that references heroin addiction is “Bad.”

2.  I learned that while I have a lot of jobs, I’m probably never going to have as many jobs as my pal Abdul- Hakim Shabazz.  I caught up with the hardest working radio politician this week when he interviewed yours truly about women/girls and STEM ed.  Thanks, duder!

3.  The 1980s as a decade had the best music ever.  Even those who read this blog and disagree with me, respectfully, you’re wrong.  I’ll be proving it soon too with a mix CD.

4. ALDI is rapidly becoming my favorite grocery store.  Especially after my trip last fall to Germany and Austria.

5.  Policy and advocacy should be part of ANY and ALL professionals’ training. I spent some time this week working on and presenting a P&A presentation to pharmacy students.  You can see a copyright cleared version of the slides here.

6. Last about careers – I had a lengthy conversation with the editor of one of the major national pharmacy magazine publications this week.  Let me just say this to all professionals out there right now: don’t think of your career as all or none, one and one thing only.  Stop that. Instead, think of your career as a pie.

There are going to be slices or corners of your career that you’re going to love.  For me, that’s writing, advocacy, policy and the future of the professions I work in and around.  There are also going to be slices or corners of your career that you despise.  I’ll spare you what those are for me, but suffice it to say that when it comes to your career anymore, don’t be all or none.  It’s way more complicated than that.  My pal Abdul in #2 above is the perfect example of this very notion.  Don’t forget it – and don’t expect one gig to give you everything you need professionally.  It’s YOUR job to do that.

There you go! I really have been working hard out here.  Even though it doesn’t look that way on the blog…

International Children’s Book Day: STEMified

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Who knew April 2 was International Children’s Book Day? Since 1967?

I certainly didn’t.

But the folks at Indiana First did.  In fact, they featured The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM in honor of the day on their blog today – yay!

Indiana First is all about Robotics, which is a huge area of STEM growth in the future and even now.  We even have a robotics princess in the book–Ruby!

Regardless of STEM, I love that there is a day dedicated to children’s books.  If you are lucky enough to have a kiddo or two in your life, take them to the library today.  Or a bookstore.  Or best of all–read to them.  Hans would love that – and so would I!

5 Things Bugging Me Right Now

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

1. Is glitter a color? If not, it should be.

2. Why has no one designed a pillbox around a cup or glass?  Why has no one thought of this?  After all, don’t you usually need to take your medication with H2O?  I think you could have daily or multi-times a day mini containers on the outside of the glass, and the glass and the boxes could be clear, so you could actually see which medication you took that day – and didn’t.

3. Is time linear?  I’m starting to think that it is not.  But I didn’t do great in physics.  What if the awake world was really the dream world, and the dream world is our awake world?

4. Working out to Pandora Cardio is harder outside than inside on the treadmill.  Why?

5. What should my next book be about?  I think I have the next book idea, but I’m not 100% sure just yet.  I’m open to what the universe throws at me…