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Posts Tagged ‘Drug Topics’

#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!

Friday the 13th

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Friday the 13ths are always kind of weird.  This one was no exception.  Maybe more in a good way.

Anyway, first off, thanks to SurveyMonkey for giving me another shot to discuss how I use their tool inside and outside of the classroom at the day job. The Pharmacy Law example, RX526, was super helpful in identifying the issues in flipped classrooms.  Ironically, The Atlantic had an article on a similar pharmacy classroom experience with flipped classrooms this week.

Flipped classes are a challenge for pharmacy students out of the gate the first time or two a teacher tries them, but I found that half of students really liked being free from the confines of a classroom to learn.  Regardless, this is how they are going to have to learn AFTER college, so the sooner we can introduce this type of learning and get them used to it, the better.

Also, thanks to Drug Topics magazine, for giving us the shot to share the #21Flavors CE program we had at Butler back in July more broadly with the universe this month in their magazine.  They even squeaked in the 21 Flavors website too, which we are all excited about sharing.

As for the weirdness of Friday the 13th, I spent last week getting re-CPR BLS certified (but, that’s not an invitation for me to try out my mad skillz on you, BTW), and created more work and connections around a new book project I’m working on, and continued to watch the social media dames unconference start filling up – we sold 20% of the tickets already – yay!

As for next week, the weirdness continues.  Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to share with you, fab 13, because that’s how I roll!