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Posts Tagged ‘#STEMPrincess2’

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Before I hit my big fat failures for 2015 (and trust me, there’s ample material to write about in that post), I thought I’d check analytics to figure out what the top 10 posts of this tiny little blog were for 2015.  (I also did this with my top 6 posts over at LinkedIn.)  The following posts my mom dug, with a few other people out there in the internet ether.  Ready for the high traffic season?


10.  Pharmacy Stuff - I’m guessing the list of pharmacist and healthcare certifications was a hit on this post.

9.  Crowdfunding 101 – It was fun to put together an all-woman Crowdfunding 101 panel in 2015, and I’m glad this post and program helped a few raise their own funds for projects that can change the world.

8.  Who’s at the Helm in Healthcare? – I’m glad this one made the top 10.  Anyone who looks at this list in charge of diversity at these companies should frankly be embarrassed.  Gotta fix this, people!

7.  Sock-knocking letters of reference - How to get them.  Although, the older I get, the less I get the “how to get a job” stuff.  I’m not sure the “traditional” ways work anymore.  So, take this post with a grain of salt…

6. STEMPrincess2 is Finally in the House - A lot happened this year, and this book took longer than I wanted to get done, but it’s done, and I’m now on to #STEMPrincess3, and I won’t stop until we get 50/50 women/men  in more STEM professions.  Thanks to all who pre-purchased this book and had my back during its production.

5.  The Most Important Trait Not on the Syllabus to Learn – I was surprised by this being a popular post.  But, I’m glad someone is reading it.  The trait is super important, and sadly missing in college curricula.

4. Why I broke up with Facebook – Surprisingly, this post got a lot of hits.  I was bad about leaving the faceplace this year, (mainly because I’m still there), but I just read research this week that stated that if you leave the faceplace, you’re actually happier.  Jack the cat may be posting on my pages in 2016…stay tuned…

3.  Which Professions Are Better for Multipationals?  So, I managed to squeak out two books this year – STEMPrincess2, and the adult book on the changing world of work, Multipationals.  In this post, I shared an infographic on professions that work better for having multiple gigs.  By 2020, 40% or more of the workforce is going 1099 instead of W2.  Seriously, folks, work is about to get a lot more complicated in this country, and I was thrilled to study it and share it with the universe.

2.  National Pharmacy Meetings Second Half 2015 - Subsequent to tracking the national pharmacy meetings, a lot of my pharmacy friends were thankful such a list now exists.  Me too, I must say, because it was getting difficult to track all of them.  Pharmacy has become pretty niche and complex, so making things a little simpler can be helpful.  (BTW, the 2016 list is here.)

1.  55 Cool Jobs for Pharmacists - This, far and away, was my #1 post with the most traffic this year.  And, while in the past I chose not to write too much about pharmacy, I’m getting the signal from the universe that I probably need to communicate more about my first profession.  Don’t worry, peeps – I think I’ve got that covered in 2016 – but more on that in 2016!

A lot of pharmacy stuff in here.  And a lot of book stuff.  Sometimes, it’s good to know someone other than your mom is actually reading your blog.  And if it helps others – EVEN. BETTER!

The #STEMPrincess 2-Book Bundle

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 1.35.39 PMThis morning, I cranked out orders for the STEM books and even drew up a model of #STEMPrincess3.  (Lord help us, I cannot draw.)

A few people have asked now – so here it is!

Q: Where or how or can I buy the 2-book #STEMPrincess bundle?

A: YES!  The 2-book bundle is at this link in the Square store.  But, you might want to hurry, because I have a handful of the first books left!

Unfortunately, the Dakota doll doesn’t come with this bundle.  I’m still working out how to get the cost down of the dolls. (Yes, I know this series would be even cooler with dolls–agreed!)

But the world can’t handle the awesomeness of an entire book series AND 20 dolls ready to go in STEM, can it?

I can’t wait to find out one of these days…

STEMPrincess2: Finally in the House!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Drumroll, please….

Announcing the second book in the #STEMPrincess series – The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: FUNBOOK ALPHA!

The only place on the planet you can get a limited edition hardcopy is here.  Once the print version is gone, it’s gone.

  • BTW, if you were awesome enough to purchase the second book in advance, your books are on the way AND you have an exclusive to what’s happening with #STEMPrincess3 already!

Ebook versions are available at here.

And of course the Kindle version is available over at Amazon.

Last but not least, the press release!

STEM* Professor Creates Children’s Book Series to Introduce Girls to STEM Careers from Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD

Small Biz Saturday

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 9.24.55 AMHey there, savvy shoppers!  I know people reading this blog were WAY too smart to go out in the black Friday mess to shop.  So, stay cozy and shop small and local today!

Of course, you know our drill – buy #STEMPrincess2 now, and we’ve talked to Santa – methinks it will be to pre-buyers just in time for the holiday season…but that’s not a guarantee yet.  We’ve just put in a good word.

And regardless of whether or not you support the #STEMPrincess project, try to buy from local entrepreneurs this year if and when you can.  There’s a ton of articles that show that keeping the money in the local economy is the way to go when shopping at local retailers vs. the big boxy stores.

Merry holidaze!

Rocktober Wrap Up

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Yesterday was love a red head day.  Today is love a lawyer day.  So, thanks for the double love if you’ve visited my tiny corner of the world!

It’s been crazy around here of late, and my posts have suffered for it.  But I am working out here…really!  Here’s a few things still sort of in beta, but since all of the fab 13 are cool enough to keep it on the D/L, I thought I’d share…

1. Interview with Abdul-Hakim Shabazz on drug crisis in the US and Indiana – This is a huge problem.  Sixty minutes also had a featured story last weekend on the heroin problem in our neighbor next door, Ohio.  Here are my show notes on Indiana.  Abdul stated he was going to put the interview in a couple of places soon.

If any of politicos are reading this blog, I think we need to get naloxone OTC in the 2016 legislative session in Indiana for this problem.  We also need to get more needle exchange programs up and running.  And, I think we need to stay as far away as possible from legalizing marijuana right now, because so many people state that it is the gateway to heavier drug abuse.  (I know that won’t be popular with the tax revenue generating types, but tough.)

Last but certainly not least here, my pharmacist friends are getting robbed. A lot. We are #1 in the country for pharmacy robberies  now.  Indiana pharmacists are under the gun–literally.  We need to consider stricter and longer penalties for juveniles who choose to rob pharmacists.

(BTW – if you are a pharmacist, please take 5 minutes to complete the annual Continuing Education (CE) needs assessment – it helps us figure out what programming and education we need to put together for 2016 for pharmacists.  Link is here.)

2. Global health – In one of the classes I teach, students are giving global health system presentations on several different countries around the world.  The last day is Monday.  What is so striking about this is that every country brought up thus far has had significantly lower costs, and better care (through metrics like infant mortality and life expectancy) than the U.S. It’s time to really start looking to see how other companies do healthcare.  Our system is a mess.

3. Vook reports – In the entrepreneurship in healthcare elective this week, students had to turn in 3-minute vook reports, or video book reports on one business book they read during the semester.  Then they had to comment on each other’s videos.  Great books like Lean In, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook, the 4 Hour Work Week, and Zero to One were all discussed.  After taking altMBA this summer and having this video assignment, I wanted to try it in class.  The students made it look a lot easier than it actually was to create videos!  Awesome!  Also, put up a social entrepreneurship lecture for ethics class at Butler this week too.  Last in this realm, I created my first ever business plan canvas on an idea I’m helping out Butler on…stay tuned on what that exactly is – but try the one page canvas if you have a business idea – it’s a good place to start.

4. SQL – I’m trying to learn mySQL for work.  For those of you not like Dakota and into big data, it’s relational-based data software. Think Excel on steroids, or Excel with the ability to pull multiple datasets from multiple Excel spreadsheets in queries.  Anyway, after a 2.5 hour training session today online at Coursera, my brain is a little fried.

5. Continuing Education – We almost have a new homestudy CE up for pharmacists – it’s undergoing a final review now – but here it is on immunizations.  Thanks to our speaker, Carrie Jung, for experimenting with us at the day job on this…  And our annual needs assessment is up – if you’re a pharmacist and could take 5 minutes to fill it out – I’d REALLY appreciate it!

6. ASPL – I’m speaking in Miami next week about BU Well at the American Society for Pharmacy Law annual meeting.  Super pumped, because the pharmacy law educators for the most part are pharmacists and attorneys – so they easily get the idea of law review.  Presented BU Well at the IUPUI Assessment Conference too – that went pretty well–although, I still don’t really yet know how to assess an “awesome” infographic vs. an “OK” one….

7. STEMPrincess2 – of course is coming – but surprise emails have popped into the inbox for last minute details…  And there’s the two teams of children’s books cooking at Butler – Ralphie and his insulin pump adventure, of course, and Andi, Chase and the Mysterious Case

8. Class where I’m the student – On top of ASPL in Miami next week, I’m also attending a one-day course on Presenting Data and Information, which looks like it will teach us design strategies for conveying information.  Maybe I’ll get some infographic ideas here.  Oh, yeah, and #SMDames15 is coming up on Friday, November 20th!

9. Cleaned up the 2015/16 Pharmacy Meetings Calendar and the Certifications Grid.  Super pumped about some of the meetings next year!!!

10. Other – working on some big stuff for 2016 this week too.  Stuff, unfortunately that I can’t talk about just quite yet.  But hopefully, soon…what I hope to accomplish here in 2016 is to reach a bigger audience, particularly in healthcare.  We shall see how this pans out…

So, what have you been up to?  Maybe soon we can catch up and discuss.  I’ll bring the redheaded lawyer along…

Building a Professional Posse of Healthcare Writing Rockstars

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Ah…I’m back from vacation.  Thanks for the reprieve, universe!

Second, as I shipped off edits for the first galley of STEMPrincess2 back to the publisher (shout out to Mascot Books), I wanted to take a little time out and just reflect on the very awesome culture of healthcare writing rockstars we’ve worked really, really hard to get up and running this year, and for the past several years at Butler U.

First, BU Well – we are still accepting outside articles, but tonight, the students working on the editorial board and the journal will be submitting their draft outlines for their own articles for publication consideration in volume 1 next May.  I’m really excited to see what they’ve been cranking on, since we had our topic selection night in September.  There’s also a great story of 2 of our students participating over at the BU Well Facebook site–which you should definitely check out (we are BU Well Journal over at the faceplace).

Second, P4 senior projects – our pharmacy majors are required to produce original projects of their own their own while they are in their final year of pharmacy school.  This year, I’m precepting 3 different team projects.  The students also have to present their preliminary work this week at Butler U’s poster day – which is always a fun affair.

The first project is 2 students from last year’s BU Well team who wanted to explore what OTHER pharmacy schools are offering in terms of writing and medical/technical writing in schools.  They’re also asking students if they’d want more class and opportunities on medical writing (if you’re going to Midyear in December, look for the poster session – hopefully there’s more on this project there).

Second and third, we’re doing it again – 2 interprofessional children’s book projects on public health topics.  Also involved are College of Ed students and College of Business students.  (And faculty preceptors in the other respective colleges – I’m NOT doing these alone as a faculty member):

Andi, Chase and the Mysterious Case - is about, of all things, antibiotic stewardship – which if you are outside of healthcare, is a HUGE problem.  (Just read their website on What’s the big deal?)

Ralphie the Giraffe and the Insulin Pump Adventure – is about, a giraffe with type I diabetes…and a dream.  They are running a Kickstarter program right now to presell, and their Weebly site is here.

It would be fantastic if you could help them out.  But even if you can’t, just spreading the word is great.  Kids and big kids need more fresh ideas on paper to read and think about.  While readers are leaders, the writers have an even bigger opportunity to lead, by influencing and sharing new ideas via the written word–even better if it is in an “edutaining” way.  And honestly, as a professor, I really can’t think of a better way to teach.  Creativity is at the highest peak of Bloom’s Taxonomy (if you want go all pedagogical), but I don’t think we even need to go there.  It’s just teaching and learning around sharing ideas–clearly and passionately.  That’s what teaching writing is all about.

It’s been fun to be part of building this culture of writing rockstars at Butler University.  And maybe, just maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll get to help out and write even more about these projects in the future…here’s hoping the students let me!

5 Cool Items for Your Consideration

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Yes, yes yes.  I know I should be working on #STEMPrincess2 right now…but I granted myself a work hiatus today, since I spoke about the #STEMPrincess project at #NACW15 instead.

I wanted to throw down a few cool things I or my friends are putting out there for you, my fab 13 fans, in hopes that you’ll take the ball and run with it.

Here goes…

1. What I learned at altMBA – 8.8.15 – Indy – Studio B.  Come and hear what I learned cover-to-cover at this event from Seth Godin’s course at #altMBAIndy.  If you REALLY want to go big, you can apply for altMBA2, which is starting at the end of August.

2. The STEM Princess Teaching Contest - So, one of my friends on instagram posted her first grade classroom stripped down today as she prepares for another year of teaching.  That inspired me to think of some way to share cool STEM education ideas and give back.  So, you can hurry over to Periscope and watch my really terribly shot post on the contest for ideas, or better yet, go like the STEM Princess Facebook page, like it, and then plant your awesome STEM teaching idea on the page.  The best teaching in STEM idea will get the book prize pack on the page.  Contest ends next week.  And I really don’t care if you’re a kindergarten teacher, or a professor teaching PhD candidates–I just want everyone to share their best teaching stuff in and around STEM.

3. And while we’re on the subject – Periscope.  Live streaming video is something for the LIFE of me I’m trying to figure out.  And yet, I’m reminded of my grandmother’s terrible picture taking habits when I jiggle the camera around.  Sloppy video aside, I think live streaming video is the NEXT thing in social media.  So, if you’re trying to figure it out too, meet up with me over at that channel on your smart phone.  You should be able to just type in “erinalbert” and find me…and my jiggly camera.

4. SMDames15 – Speaking of social media (see how this post is just one big loop?) Shout out to Amy Stark and Digital Dames for putting together the next and upcoming #SMDames15!  I’m lobbying hard for experts in Periscope, Meerkat, Slack, Plag, and Zoom to share how they use these amazing new tools.  Registration I’ve been told will be up soon.  So if you’re trying to figure out all this new fancy social media whiz bang gadgetry, or don’t have the time to research it yourself but need a fast download, you should mark your calendars now for November 20th at Oak Hill Mansion.  It’s always a good time and a great crew of women in the house.

5. Travel – The Erin Albert roadshow is heading to DC, Boston, Miami and Ireland this fall!  For what? Stay tuned…!


Monday, September 29th, 2014

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So…while I was (slacking off) at the Jersey Shore this weekend, some really amazing stuff happened!  (And hey, even this girl knows when it is time to take a break!)

1. The #STEMPrincess2 Project went international – with our first backer OUS – thanks, Soo!

2. The pharmacy podcast on third spaces popped out with John Cowan of Cowan Drugs.  You can listen below! Thanks to Todd and his crew over at for me to shine on the radio!


3. The latest article on pharmacy careers from Pharmacy Times came out – with the spotlight on Jim O’Donnell - one of my favorite creative thinkers in pharmacy at Community Health Network!

How might I top all this in October? Not sure.  But I have a few tricks up my sleeve….

So, title of this post is NOT gym-tan-laundry.

It’s Great-Times-Longer?

Good-Pharmacy Times-Louder?


I give up!

B is for Bioinformatics

Friday, September 19th, 2014

We continue with our STEM and Girls alphabetology today for the #STEMPrincess2 Campaign on Kickstarter!

B = Bioinformatics, and Princess Bella from The Amazing Adventures.  Here’s the scoop on bioinformatics:

May your week end be bioinformatic-tacular!!!!

(Don’t worry.  I’m not ready to quit my day job for a career in puns…)

You asked. I deliver.

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The #1 question I’ve had all year:

“Albert – WHEN are you going to write book 2 for the #STEMPrincess project?”



Let’s do this.

#STEMPrincess2 will run until Rocktober 24th.

Do I have some fun surprises planned?  Absolutely.

I can’t NOT do this.  This needs to be done.  When it comes to STEM and girls, we still have a LOT of work to do.

I hope you’ll join me in the effort to help girls get on board with STEM.  After all, our future depends on it.