Sexism and Science

As with any other deeply embedded prejudice, sexism is difficult to identify. When it is excavated for all to see, there is immediate resistance and denial. Instances of misogyny are often subtle and those who propagate them often do so without malicious intent. Such behaviors are commonly labelled microaggressions. These microaggressions emerge as comments that discreetly or unintentionally support a biased belief and are the result of “a substantial demographic skew” within any group. (Serio 2016) This behaviour is widespread and naturalized within our culture because of long-standing imbalances of power, privilege, and precedence that are only recently being challenged. Academia is no exception.

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Dear Lesbians and Gays — I’m Bisexual and You Treated Me Like Crap: I’m done with you by BETH SHEROUSE

My dearest gays and lesbians —

I’ve loved you since before I even knew you. From a young age, I was drawn to your transgressive sexuality and gender expression, your courage to be yourselves in the face of oppression, your fabulous rainbows and your sensible shoes.

I’ve marched in your parades, joined and organized protests for your rights, volunteered with your local groups and worked for your most prominent national organization.

I’ve loved you fiercely and advocated for you tirelessly. But I’ve finally accepted the fact that you will never love me back because I’m a bisexual woman, and you have shown me time and again that you are not here for me or my community, despite the numerous disparities we face in comparison to you and the non-LGBTQ community.

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Climate Change Sources

Twitter, I hope you appreciate that I did this before my daily caffeine ritual.

On a more serious note, I’ve focused on articles that can be freely accessed. Some of these even have PDFs associated with them. Many have additional links (especially NASA and Youtube). Climate change is a rather messy, multidisciplinary topic so if you want clarification for any concepts and terminology, I’ve supplied additional sources.


 

Australian National University. “Humans have caused climate change for 180 years.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160824135035.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

California State University, Monterey Bay. “Study examines ocean acidification effects on rockfish, a key California marine prey base.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170105213314.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

Carnegie Institution. “Tree die-off triggered by hotter temperatures.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130211135005.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

Duke University. “Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets: Green innovations must be developed and spread globally 10 times faster than in the past if we are to limit warming to below the Paris Agreement’s 2 degrees C target.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170103152452.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

Durham University. “Strong effects of climate change on common bird populations in both Europe and the USA.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160331154009.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

Earth Science Communications Team. “Global Temperature.” Last modified January 3, 2017. Accessed January 7, 2017. http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature/

PLOS. “Climate change is already causing widespread local extinction in plant and animal species.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161208152136.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum. “Domino effect: The loss of plant species triggers the extinction of animals.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170104103920.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

University of Alabama Huntsville. “2016 Edges 1998 as Warmest Year on Record.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170104130257.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

University of Bonn. “Climate change could trigger strong sea level rise: International research team presents findings from frozen ‘climate archive’ of Antarctica.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170105123158.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

University of California – Berkeley. “Global warming hiatus disproved — again: Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 45 years.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170104143554.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

University of Sydney. “Great Barrier Reef almost drowned; climate implications: Pre-emptive attention to human impacts crucial ahead of sea-level rises.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170106092931.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

University of Liverpool. “Climatic fluctuations drove key events in human evolution, researchers find.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110921115910.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

Virginia Institute of Marine Science. “Ocean Acidification: High-tech mooring will measure beneath Antarctic ice: First year-round record of CO2 levels.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170105123209.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).

Wildlife Conservation Society. “Climate change already dramatically disrupting all elements of nature.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161110115540.htm (accessed January 7, 2017).


These are articles and media that delve into concepts that the above references rely on and use to make their case.

Craig Harmon (1961). “Isotopic variations in meteoric waters”. Science. 133: 1702–1703. doi:10.1126/science.133.3465.1702. PMID 17814749.

Epstein S.; Mayeda T. (1953). “Variation of O18 content of waters from natural sources”. Geochemica et Cosmochemica Acta. 4: 213–224. doi:10.1016/0016-7037(53)90051-9.

“Gibbard, P. and van Kolfschoten, T. (2004) “The Pleistocene and Holocene Epochs” Chapter 22″ (PDF). (3.1 MB) In Gradstein, F. M., Ogg, James G., and Smith, A. Gilbert (eds.), A Geologic Time Scale 2004 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, ISBN 0-521-78142-6

Lourens, L., Hilgen, F., Shackleton, N.J., Laskar, J., Wilson, D., (2004) “The Neogene Period”. In: Gradstein, F., Ogg, J., Smith, A.G. (Eds.), A Geologic Time Scale 2004. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Miller, Dana L.; Mora, Claudia I.; Grissino-Mayer, Henri D.; Mock, Cary J.; Uhle, Maria E.; Sharp, Zachary (July 31 – September 19, 2006). “Tree-ring isotope records of tropical cyclone activity”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2006 – National Acad Sciences. 103 no. 39. National Acad Sciences. pp. 14294–14297. doi:10.1073/pnas.0606549103. Retrieved 2009-11-11.

Paleoclimatology: The Oxygen Balance”. Nasa Earth Observatory. Nasa Earth Observatory. Retrieved 2012-02-27.

Timothy W. Lyons, Christopher T. Reinhard & Noah J. Planavsky (2014). “Atmospheric oxygenation three billion years ago”. Nature. 506: 307–315. doi:10.1038/nature13068. Lay summarySciencedaily.

Veizer Ján; Godderis Yves; François Louis M (2000). “Evidence for decoupling of atmospheric CO2 and global climate during the Phanerozoic eon” (PDF). Nature. 408: 698–701. doi:10.1038/35047044.

Pictures are public domain and courtesy of Wikipedia

This is the Geological Time Scale (GTA)

Human Evolution

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Oxygen Isotopes

(Above: The Atmosphere by Lutgens and Tarbuck, 1998 by Prentice-Hall, Inc)

Determining Past Climate Change – Oxygen Isotopes

  • normal oxygen contains 8 protons, 8 neutrons (O16)
  • a small fraction (one in a thousand) of oxygen atoms contain 8 protons, 10 neutrons (O18)
    • this is an isotope of oxygen and is heavier than O16
  • O16 will evaporate more readily than O18 since it is lighter
  • Hence, during a warm period, the relative amount of O18 will increase in the ocean waters since more of the O16 is evaporating
  • Hence, looking at the ratio of O16 to O18 in the past can give clues about global temperatures.
  • Ice cores from glaciers can also give you similar information

(Above: “Determining Past Climate – Oxygen Isotopes.” http://apollo.lsc.vsc.edu/classes/met130/notes/chapter16/isotope.html)

CO2

(Above: Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record.)

 

 

 

 

 

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