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My Fantasy STEM Princess Summer Camp…for Girls

Monday, May 30th, 2016
Waverly STEM Princess

Waverly – her cabin could work on clean water solutions for the world!

I was thinking about this today – since the start of summer is officially here: summer camp.  And, of course, post #STEMPrincess book trilogy, what my fantasy girls’ STEM or STEAMED camp and what that would look like, if I had to design said camp.

First off, below is my fantasy ideal – it so far does not yet exist in the real world….but I suppose it could.  In fact, there are a few ideas already in reality – like this list, this, and this list – all of which I found with a simple Google search (and cannot personally endorse, but certainly want others to encourage to check out.) NO ONE I’m mentioning below endorses my fantasy idea – I’m just putting down an idea here….any other disclaimers? I can’t think of any….let’s roll.

My Fantasy #STEMPrincess Camp:

1. First off – cabins – I think my perfect camp would be 2 weeks.  At it, you’d live in two different cabins during your two week stay – with your top 2 choices in STEM careers.  So, at my fantasy STEM Princess camp, each of the 20 STEM Princesses in the book would have her own cabin.  There would be an aerospace engineering cabin with Abigail fans, a medicine and pharmacy health sciences cabin for Piper fans, etc.  But, since girls are making the effort to go to camp, we need to get them into at least a couple of different STEM experiences.

2. For each career path, we’d need at least 3 camp counselors in each of the STEM career areas.  They would consist of the following: 1. an academic teaching in that particular discipline, 2. a practitioner working in the real world of that career path, and 3. A curriculum/assessment/designer.  So, back to the Abigail example – I’d have an actual astronaut (Mae Jemison–after all, this is a fantasy camp at this point), an academic – like Anita Sengupta,  Last, I’d need a rockstar curriculum and learning designer for this cabin or area (not that they’d have to be an expert in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, but be able to ideally design learning and teaching around this field). Ditto for the other 19 areas.

3. Teaching and learning at the camp would be – combo workshops, design thinking (real-world problem solving), panels and speakers sharing their experiences with the girls.  Girls could then journal daily on what they learned, what they liked, and what they did NOT like about that day’s learning.  The goal here is exposure to as many STEM career fields as possible.

4. Workstudy – I’d ideally like this camp to be on a farm, or have a farming component.  That teaches sustainability, local commerce, entrepreneurship, and hard work–tenets that will serve the girls in whatever professions they ultimately choose.

5. Music, art and design – STEM is the wrong acronym.  It’s STEAMED – that also has art, design and entrepreneurship in it.  All of these 3 additions to STEM education are absolutely critical in success moving forward.  So, we’d need to include them in this 2 week extravaganza.

6. Project based learning – I said this above a bit, but it’s worth pulling out again – small teams, interdisciplinary, assigned at the beginning of camp, regardless of cabins – where girls have to try to solve a problem over the 2 week camp and work on this project during evenings.  Big projects here too – like clean water, affordable education for more people, healthcare, wellness for communities, etc.  Teaches the girls to think big.

7. Wellness – positive images for girls, along with education on self-awareness, self-health, mind/body/spirit health, financial wellness, methods of mental and physical exercise – I could go on for days here, but ALL girls need more wellness education.

8. Sponsors – since I’m creating a fantasy camp here, I don’t need to worry much about our sponsors here, but while we’re thinking through on this – the sponsors of this camp should be the companies who need these STEM workers of the future. That might include: Amazon, Google (and all of Alphabet), Facebook, NASA, SpaceX, the federal government and their agencies, consulting firms (like McKinsey or Bain), IDEO, think tanks, etc.  It’s a great way to start early recruiting!  Besides, the ivory tower of education doesn’t always talk to the employers, and here, we could start the dialogue early on education for what the employers may need in the future.

There. All I need now is a bunch of spare time, and about $100 million dollars to set it up. LOL!  Seriously – there are some great STEM camps out there.  If you’re a girl lucky enough to be heading to one or more this summer, congrats! Share what you learned if you can.  For the rest of us, we’ll keep it as a placeholder idea on our blogs…for now.


Saturday, May 28th, 2016

I’m reading the book, Eligible right now.  If you are a Pride & Prejudice fan, read it – it’s modern day Lizzy in…the ‘nati!  And, Charlotte Lucas has a good job at one of my former haunts–P&G.

It reminds me of the fact that everywhere I look right now, there’s change.  Whether it’s a victorian British character brought back to modern day America, to my friends moving every 6 months to another major city to experience them, to others making major decisions–like switching careers, starting nonprofits to change the world, or having children–the only commonality is change itself.

The only thing to do is go with it.  Resistance here is futile…that and, change is inevitable anyway.

And the bigger and bolder you dare to make a change, the bigger and bolder I congratulate you.


Book Projects Galore

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

So…just in time for my #forever29th birthday, I saw my friends over at Pharmacy Careers published a big article - on the culmination of our writing projects at Butler University – yay!

Here’s a pretty grid of just our interprofessional publishing projects over the past near-decade:

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Shoutout especially to the faculty colleagues in our college (COPHS) and other colleges for these books – they were a TON of work: Julie Koehler, Lisa Hines, Angela Lupton, Gautam Rao, Catherine Pangan, Stephanie Fernhaber, and this year some new folks – Dick Fetter and NaShara Mitchell.

The only thing cooler than writing and publishing is showing students that writing and publishing is possible – and teaching them this! : )

25+ Career Options for Pharmacist-Attorneys

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

PharmacyLawThe sky is the limit, but here are a few ideas:

1. Patent lawyer
2. Healthcare lawyer
3. General counsel for:
You can find all of these here.

The Reverse Birthday Party

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.03.02 AMSo, happy birthday to me! It’s the week of my birth coming up.  Being #forever29 is fun.  But, this year I wanted to try something new.

Instead of getting myself more stuff (which I’m finding is a drain anyway–e.g. the more stuff you have, the more it has you), instead, I’m reversing the action towards the typical birthday, and instead of rewarding me, I’m giving back to the universe.

Yup, this week I’m giving stuff away….a reverse birthday party!

The idea or concept of a reverse birthday party is not completely new.  There’s a few good ideas and articles out there on the concept–like this, this, this, and this.  But the idea or concept in my mind for a reverse birthday party isn’t just about getting rid of stuff–it’s more, like sharing the stuff that matters to you with the world.

Case in point: I gave 325+ copies of one of my books away to kids just before summer on the #STEMPrincess series. Literally–I loaded up the Jeep yesterday with books and took them to a school.  If one kid this summer gets bored enough to try the activities in the book and gets interested in STEM–that would be the greatest birthday present of all.

Here’s some other ideas:

  • Send some thank yous to a few of my inspirers in my life and thank them for their awesomeness
  • Clean out the closet of suits and take them over to Dress for Success
  • Give away books just sitting on my shelf to mentees who ask about self-improvement or business ideas
  • Take out a friend having a rough time for some fun
  • Try to figure out ways to mix business and fun

I’m going to try and do something like that each and every day this coming week.  I may need to get a little creative…but I’m going to take the reverse birthday challenge!  If you’ve taken this challenge before and have some ideas, tweet me your best ideas with the hash tag #ReverseBirthday…I’ve got 7 days to come up with ideas here! : )

Turn it Up to 11

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 9.00.24 AMI’ve never really been a Spinal Tap fan – it’s a little before my time.  However, in 2 different instances this weekend, I heard the term “turn it up to 11.”

Believe it or not, there’s actually a wikipedia post on this.  But I want to talk about it metaphorically.

Most bands can only go to 10.  But, some bands have the magic of going to 11.  This can include bands’ work on projects, new albums, etc.  What, exactly gets bands to use 11 on the dial?

I think it’s intrinsic motivation.  You’re never going to get to 11 on the dial by someone else creating the dial for you.  You’ve got to make your own 11.

On a Monday – we all should be reminded of that, myself included.  And as I hunt and pick between a few different pet project ideas I’ve been slow cooking on the back burner, it would be good to have that dial to go up to 11 when I need it.

I’m also granting you, my fab 13 that 11 on the dial…but you already had it. : )

M is for Multimedia: BU Well

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Part of Shelby B’s infographic.

So, I’m like a proud parent here – more on BU Well!

One of the things I really wanted to focus on for this journal in making it different was to respond to the interactivity of the internet and digital age.  That means, get away from just print and move on to something more sophisticated than just print articles.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with print.  Obviously I heart print.  But that’s just not enough these days – and there’s so much more opportunity for public health and healthcare pros to communicate in and with via different channels – why NOT maximize them?)

We now consume other content as much if not more than print.  Case in point, infographics.  Did you know that an article that has an infographic along with it is 30 times more likely to be read?  Now, I don’t know if that’s statistically or scientifically true, but I have seen that statistic in digital print, so even if it’s only half true, it still bumps up one’s odds of being read.  And after all, isn’t that what the open-access journal is all about anyway – open access?

Let me take an example from the journal – (and yes, I did get the author’s permission to share here).  Shelby B. wanted to create an article around wellness on workplace and workspace wellness.  Great!  She first wrote the article in fall 2015, and then the student editorial team collaborated with her to co-create the infographic and shoot the video with her in spring 2016.  Below, the video:

This is important because future healthcare professionals and all professionals need to learn how to communicate through multiple channels to reach patients and the community at large.  By exposing student leaders to these multimedia platforms as opportunities to learn how to communicate in different ways is imperative.

Moving forward, the second volume of BU Well will focus on the future of healthcare.  From drones to lasers, I can’t wait to SEE and HEAR what the students will come up for that one.  While the ideas may be awesome, what’s more important is that they learn how to communicate those ideas….and I’ll look forward to learning even more from them then I can teach on my own…

Congratulations to the student authors and editorial leaders!  Go Dawgs!

BU Well, Volume 1 on Wellness is here!

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 3.18.50 PMIt’s Christmas Day here!

BU Well Volume 1 is published – check it out here.

Here is the official Butler PR.  Props to NPR for giving us a shout out.

Cover art was even designed by students.

To all the students: YOU. ROCK!  CONGRATS on doing something even I never did–publish and start a journal before you even graduated from college!

‘Twas the Night Before…

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

….the students’ first interprofessional multimedia healthcare journal was published,
and all through the house…
…not a creature was stirring…
…not even P.G. Woodhouse.

The articles were hung
on the website with care
in hopes that readers from all the universe
soon would be there.

On diabetes! On wellness! On apps for EBM!
Now package inserts in sight!
For drug information…as a possibility tonight.

This poem made little sense
to all who would not care,
but for the rest of us, little we can bear…

….to wait for tomorrow to come,
because it feels like Christmas eve
when you’re waiting for something brand new to conceive.

She sprang off her site
with anticipated glee,
tomorrow would be here soon enough…
…no fright!

This is my eccentric way of congratulating the 40+ hard working, totally dedicated students at Butler University, who for the past 2+ years have worked hard to create something that never ever existed before – a healthcare journal called BU Well.  Tomorrow, volume 1 launches into the internet universe.

It has been an absolute joy to bring this project to life with such a talented, smart, driven group of students at Butler University.  I’ve seen the infographics and watched the videos, and of course read the articles.  And while they are great, what is even greater is that our students through this project have lived through the mission of Butler University itself, because they are creating work that truly blends LAS core education in addition to professional/technical education.  If you read Butler’s mission – they’re living it.

Tonight, I’m proud to be a bulldog.  Go dawgs–and CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL the BU Wellers out there who have joined me on the journey of creating something new from scratch!  Cheers!

Sharing My Superpower…Only With My Fab 13

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 9.19.53 AMSo…I’ll never post this over at big places like LinkedIn, because it’s around my superpowers…and I don’t often give my superpowers away.  But, for my fab 13, I’ll share. Only for you, my peeps!

One of my biggest competitive advantages is that I…read. A. Lot. I have a library card for 2 counties, thanks to my Indiana state PLAC card (best $65 bucks I spend every year).  Lately, because it’s summer reading high season for me, I’ve been posting my stack of library books over at Instagram, to which one of my friends says he will henceforth just take his phone to the library, to check out what I’m reading, so he can check out the same.  (I get it – considering thousands of new books are published each and every day now, it’s next to impossible to keep up!)

So, I figured I’d share a post on how, exactly, I find library books to check out.  I’ve got a solid methodology that has taken years of refining.  This recipe I’m about to share has been streamlined and honed over several decades, since I received my first library card around age 5.


How to Find Library Books (AKA My SuperPower):

1. Make hunting for books a ritual – for me, I hunt books on Sunday morning while I’m watching one of my favorite TV shows (CBS Sunday Morning).  I just have my iPad out, and while I’m watching, if they mention a cool new book or author, I go to my library site and see if they have a copy of that book.  If they do, I put it on hold.  If they don’t, I….

2. Request the library to purchase a copy of the book.  Note I said suggest to the LIBRARY to purchase it, not me.  While I love to buy great books as gifts, I rarely, if ever buy them for myself.  (How I decide which books to buy for myself is an entirely different methodology and one I won’t discuss in this post.)  The bottom line: spend the library’s money – not your own when you’re exploring a new book.  (Arguably, it’s your money, since you’re paying taxes to fund your public library…but I digress.) There’s another advantage to you requesting the library purchase a copy of that new book you want to read – you’re up FIRST in the cue to GET the copy of that new book. Fresh copy. Just for you. Dig!

3. Go to the library when you have holds up – I usually set land speed records getting in and out of the library, because my sole purpose in going is to pick up my holds.  I don’t walk around in the library and waste time.  In. Out. Done.  I shop for the books I want to read online and during the week, every week.  While I think wandering around a library might be an OK way to waste time, I don’t like wasting time, period. So, you’ll rarely catch me among the stacks unless I’m hunting for something in particular.

4. Have a method for requesting books instantly – I’m listening to a podcast and they mention a book.  As soon as the car is stopped or I pause walking, I pull up the library website, and hunt for the book.  Not there? See 2 above.  If there, I put it on hold, then keep on trucking.  I’m guessing your local library system also has some type of mobile site or app you can access from your phone.  Always be hunting for good books, and better yet – make the process for putting them on hold easy button for yourself.

5. Know how you best read – For me, I love to wad a bunch of books together, then dip in and out of them all at once.  Maybe you only love to read while on vacation – great!  Make loading up your Kindle or app on your iPad part of your packing ritual.  Maybe you love to only read one book at a time, like my mom.  Cool – keep that puppy until you’re done.  Whatever method you use, make sure you set yourself up to maximize your own reading rituals.

6. Last but certainly not least, know this: you are not required to read a book from cover to cover.  I’m really not sure where it came from that one is absolutely required to read a book from cover to cover, but I don’t.  Nor should you.  If a book resonates with you – great!  Read on.  But if you’re just not that into it – life is too short to labor through it.  Books are journeys, and not every journey is for every person.  I’ve written here before that my friends all have different reading habits as well – like reading the first 100 pages of a book, and then discarding it if it’s not working.  Or reading the last chapter first.  Whatever methodology works for you.  The important bit here is to pay attention to how you read, note it, and then learn how to maximize it.

There. Again, this is one of my very top secret powers in my arsenal, and you’ll never see it on any other site than this one – so thanks, my fab 13 for stopping by – and I hope you share my superpower now…..! : )