erinalbert.com

books    •    bio    •    blog    •    podcasts    •    store    •    downloads
Twitter   Facebook   Youtube   Medium   Flickr   Snapchat   Instagram   Google Plus   Pinterest   LinkedIn



Posts Tagged ‘#STEM Princess’

The Final Countdown on SXSW: We NEED YOUR VOTE!

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.35.32 PMIt’s the final week for @SXSW 2017 #panelpicker voting – and I need ALL HANDS ON DECK here….!  If you voted for our 2 panel pickers, THANK YOU!  If not, I need you to please drop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and go vote thumbs up for the two following panel pickers:

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60048

and

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/59975

And, OK, I’ll give you my own David Letterman top 10 list for reasons why you SHOULD vote for our two panel pickers on or before 9/2/16 – ready?

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Vote for these 2 Panel Pickers before 9/2/16:

10. Because we can get more adults interested in STEM at SX, which in turn can get more kids interested in STEM.

9. We could see a teleporter, a flying hovercraft in our lifetimes.

8. We can help teach other teachers how to help students learn how to write and publish books, so there will be even more and better books out there to help educate the next generation on public health topics.

7. Because I said so. (OK, that’s playing a parent card, I know, but I’m running out of reasons.)

6. Because = more STEM pros = more drones, and the possibility of never, ever having to step into another grocery or retail store again. Ever.

5. Because personalized medicine, and only having to have one pill that contains everything we ever need in one dose, courtesy of a future STEM superstar.

4. Because personalized chemotherapy, and only having the chemo target the tumor cells, not making a cancer patient sick or lose their hair via a STEM superstar who invents and hones targeted chemotherapy for the cancer cells only.

3. Because aerospace, and discovering the final frontier and if we are not alone in the universe.

2. Because solar energy, water preservation and cleanliness can both be waaaay better.

1. Because we can always, always improve the world in which we live.

2Q16 Updates for My Peeps

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 10.26.51 AMHappy Spring!

Here’s the stuff I’m working on, peeps:

1. Women’s Leadership Programs grid – if you have a program I missed that you personally know is awesome, please let me know!

2. Pharmacist and Healthcare Certifications – I added PMP and all of PMI’s certifications this week.

3. Pharmacy National Meetings – Coming up next week: the Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, GA.

4. The 13th Annual CE for Pharmacists at Butler University COPHS - registration popped up this week. We’re offering 19.75 hours of CE in this expanded 2.5 day event this year!  Day 1 (June 2 in the afternoon) is all about preceptor development. I’m talking about a pharmacy law at this event, personally, in addition to the shooooow!

5. Slides for Professionalism and your brand online as an entrepreneur at the 3/31 IN Small Business Expo.

6. A display for 3 really cool, different classes I’ve been part of for the 2016 Butler University Innovations in Teaching event. A “sneak peep” is above.

7. Plotting a bookraiser for the #STEMPrincess project.

8. Shopping for NON-clinical pharmacist people for pieces I’m working on for The Pharmacy Podcast and Pharmacy Careers. If that’s you and you’re willing to be interviewed, let me know.

9. Dabbling in and experimenting with Anchor.

That’s enough. For now! : )

The STEM Princess Children’s Book Trilogy: An Update

Monday, March 21st, 2016

STEMPrincessSeriesI need to update the saga of the trilogy of #STEMPrincess trilogy for a moment. Please allow me to wrangle the web hi-lights up in one spot!

Once upon a time…

Back in fall, 2013 I ran a Kickstarter campaign for the first book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM, not to publish the book, but to give away copies to the Indiana library system.  It happened after I read this abysmal report on the status of girls in Indiana, particularly around their lack of success in AP STEM subject matter.  This can’t happen in my state.

Check. Success. Done.  The book was published in 2014.

Then, in 2015, I set out to create a hands on book for girls ages 5-9 to play with concepts introduced by the characters in the first book for STEM careers.  The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: FUNBOOK Alpha was born. It includes an online answer key too, just in case anyone gets stuck (myself included).

Now, in 2016, the third book has been released, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: Coloring Book Beta, which allows children of all ages to connect with STEM professions and color their worlds STEM.  Most people love to color – so if this book can bring people together, release a little tension and educate along the way through colored pencils and/or crayons, even better.

When will it stop?  I’m not sure. But it doesn’t feel ‘done’ yet.  As well, maybe I’ll stop when more girls start choosing STEM careers, and we all get to gender pay equity.  I don’t see that coming overnight.  And while I love to sell books and tell the stories of the STEM Princesses, I’ve got a much bigger mission here than just books.  This series is training the next generation of girls and boys to show what girls can do – which is whatever boys can do.  It shows all of us what is possible.  And of course, one can be what she can see.  Last, as I just shared last week with Women & Hi Tech, the way of work in this world is radically changing–are we preparing the next generation for jobs that don’t even exist yet in STEM?

Last, the #STEMPrincess manifesto, created in the first book, and which has been included in all subsequent books.  We will keep you updated on Facebook, along with all other social portals with our hashtag.  When the day comes that we see 50%/50% gender equity in most if not all STEM professions, we’ll quit.  Until then…we’ll keep our sleeves rolled up, and continue the work.

Attention Crayons, Markers and Pencils…

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 10.51.33 AM#STEMPrincess3 has arrived!

I’m working on the official launch, press, yada yada yada for March – but in the meantime, my fab 13, since you’ve been awesomely supporting me over the years, I wanted to let you be the first to know!

I know what you’re thinking, “Hey – Albert. Where are they for sale, again?” Thanks for asking!

They are at the Pharm Square Store, along with some other goodies – like stickers, the 3-book bundle (at a discount, I might add…) and a 10-book coloring book party pack if you want to get the coloring book in a larger quantity!  I’ve got some other tricks up my sleeve too – to help sell some books, yes, but more importantly – get more books out into the hands of girls PRONTO so they can say yes to STEM careers!

This first coloring book has been a lot of fun to produce.  Shout out to the amazing Pam Fraizer as well, who illustrated this 3rd book in the series.

Why did I do a coloring book, again? Because you can be what you can see – and that includes coloring! Girls need more positive role models in their lives.  If I inspire just one girl to consider and then choose a STEM profession who might never have thought about it before – that will be the reward here – to the girl herself for wisely choosing a career where she’ll be paid close to parity with her male counterparts, to me for leaving the planet a little better than I found it, and most of all – to the universe!

A Few of My Favorite Things…in 2014

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

As I’ve previously stated, 2014 was not my best year.  However, there were a few magical moments in it.  In an effort to record what those were, below I throw down a few of my own favorite things that I either discovered, read, or found in 2014.  These may not be new to the rest of the universe, but they were new to me this year, for the most part…

A Few of My Favorite Things in 2014:

Favorite new cityBilbao, Spain.  Best blend of the old and new I’ve ever witnessed in a city. Seriously, I can’t shut up about how cool this town is…if you ever get to go, GO!

Fave new social media platform – Props to YikYak.  God bless all the college students who use it to perfect their jokes and praise when it comes to college life.

Fave book – of my own? Easy. STEM Princess.  Of someone else’s? Hmm…I’d need to go with The Alliance by Reid Hoffman.  Not so much for the riveting stories or grammar, but because in this book, he’s marking a new trend which I think is going to be one, if not THE key to the future of work: affiliative work.  If you haven’t read this one and like to learn about trends before the rest of the universe, read it.  He’s on to something.

Fave projectCarrying on the #SMDames brand.  I think we’ve done a good job in establishing this brand unique to Indiana.  And while I’ve loved being a co-founder and starter of this project, I will not be participating as a planner in 2015 and beyond.  It has been an honor working with the amazing social media whiz herself, Ms. Amy Stark on this project, and I’m glad she’ll be carrying this brand’s torch forward in 2015 and beyond…it’s in good hands.  I also had the chance to start BU Well at work – I think that’s going to be a goodie for 2015. Stay. Tuned.

Fave changing of the guard – Easy. David Muir taking over the news desk at ABC.  You already know this if you follow me on Faceplace – lol! Seriously – dig their 1:30 minute face casts.  Brilliant.  It’s the one thing that may keep me on Facebook in 2015.

Fave training for the year – Tough call, and a tie here.  It’s between Mayo Clinic’s Social Media Residency and the ACE Women’s Leadership Forum.  Both were good, for different reasons.

Fave STEM areaQuantum physics – Working on STEM Princess this year got me beyond my four walls of science and forced me to learn more about ALL the areas of STEM.  And while computer science and engineering are the big pushes, props to quantum physics for being both the most fascinating and enigmatic areas of STEM for me personally.  That, and I still want. A. Teleporter!  Get on it, girls!

Fave talk of the year – Wow. This one is tough.  I really enjoyed talking about STEM at several venues this past year–at TechFest in Ft. Wayne, at an Indy Chamber panel, at Centric Indy, and Rotary in Indy as just a few examples.  There were also some awesome work talks too–social media, and why pharmacy students need to be involved in advocacy.  But I think my favorite talk this year wasn’t really a talk–it was a workshop.  A workshop on how to write books.  I loved this one the most, because I can help empower OTHER people to share their stories.  It’s just me if I’m writing a book.  But if I’m sharing how to write with others, the impact magnifies.  Shout out to NaShara Mitchell over at Studio B for making this one happen for the Indy community.

Fave failure – let’s end on a humbling note, shall we?  There are a LOT here to choose from (mountains, literally), but I’d have to say my favorite failure this year was Kickstarter campaign #2 for STEM Princess. Although, I’m not totally sure classifying this as a failure is entirely accurate…because it will not deter me from continuing the books along the STEM Princess story lines…

Let’s see what 2015 brings!

My Old Pal, Failure

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Killerthepowerwasher

Killer the power washer

The weather here in Indiana has been awesome lately.  Yesterday, I wanted to set aside the madness of the Kickstarter program for a moment and get my domesticity on by power washing and sealing the driveway – a biennial tradition that harsh winters require here in the Midwest.  So, I pulled out Killer the power washer.

Killer has been around for awhile in our family.  We were trying to think back how far, and for me, I was introduced to Killer at least 2 houses ago.  I didn’t name the power washer – my brother did.  And it’s a very scary day when a professional mechanic wants nothing to do with an engine, and my bro doesn’t want anything to do with Killer anymore, either.  That’s how old and bad this machine is.

After refueling and oiling Killer, he fired up after about 100 pulls on the engine, just before my right arm was ready to fall off.  I managed to get 2 sections of the driveway done, then Killer decided to die.  I realized as I poured more gasoline in him, it was running out the bottom as quickly as I was pouring it in.

Needless to say, I headed to the store to buy a new power washer.  Killer was retired to the end of the driveway, where he magically disappeared this morning, much to my elation.  (To the new acquirer of Killer – two items: 1. good luck with that and 2. don’t bring him back.)

Why am I telling you this?  Because this is yet another in a long stream of failures in my life.  When I saw Scott Adams was talking about Failure in WSJ today, I thought–what the heck, failure is my middle name!  Failure is also a key part of my new Princess Manifesto too.  We all need to get better with failure.  It’s inevitable, and it’s a great teacher.

So, chalk one more up to my old pal failure!

(And BTW, the driveway was power washed and completely sealed this morning–3 blisters and a splinter later…)