NOTORIOUS S-H-E

interviews and resources from women in STEM

for future women in STEM

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Notorious S-H-E

Interviews and resources from women in STEM for future women in STEM

Welcome to Notorious S-H-E, a podcast by women in STEM for future women in STEM. In this podcast, host Gaby Hall interviews women in STEM careers to expose listeners to different career options and resources. The goal of this podcast is to show young girls that anyone, regardless of their background, can be successful in their STEM careers.

Each episode features a lightning lesson and an interview with a successful woman in STEM. These lightning lessons are meant to explain different STEM topics and highlight careers similar to that of the interviewee. This website also features episode-specific and general resources.

This podcast was developed in partnership with the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s Hudson Mowhawk radio station. The Hudson Mohawk Magazine is a locally produced news hour that provides sanctuary for the discussion of a wide range of ideas. The Hudson Mohawk Magazine advances the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s organizational mission to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of expression.

Podcasts:

Click on the links below to listen to and learn more about each episode!

Tia

Tia Dubuisson

CEO and CoFounder of Bell Fluer Technologies

"The machines are learning....are you? Be a life learner to stay ahead of the curve!

Fran

Francine Berman

Director of Public Interest Technology and Stuart Rice Research Professor at UMass Amherst

"Focus on what you're passionate about!"

Margaret

Margaret Dominguez

Optical Engineer at NASA Goddard

"Keep trying and work hard!"

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Tia Dubuisson
CEO and CoFounder of Bell Fluer Technologies
"The machines are learning....are you? Be a life learner to stay ahead of the curve!
Episode Description
In this episode, we join Tia Dubuisson of Belle Fluer Technologies. She comes to talk to us about her journey, aws servers, and big data. What is big data? Big data is a term that describes large, hard-to-manage volumes of data – both structured and unstructured – that inundate businesses on a day-to-day basis. But it's not the amount of data that's important. It's what organizations do with the data that matters. Her company, Belle Fluer Technologies focuses on data, analytics & AI solutions to tansform Businessnesses.
In this episode, Tia advises to “Stay Hungry!” One great way to do this is to get certifications. Certifications are an easy way to prove your knowledge and learn more about computer science without needing a degree. They’re also a great way to keep up-to date on skills for the ever-changing tech industry. See the resources below for places you can get certifications.
Tia also emphasizes the importance of clear communication and diversity. Anyone developing software is subject to implicit biases (the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner). By having more diversity, we can reduce these biases and include more perspectives. Clear communication is key for a healthy and productive work environment.
Tia wants to remind all the listeners, “If others can do it, why can’t you?”
Resources
Tia's Suggested Resources:
Generation USA
MDC
Belle Fluer Technologies
Certification Resources:
LinkedIn
AWS Certification
Google IT
Coursera
Also look for local coding bootcamps as a great way to learn and earn certifications!
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Francine Berman
Director of Public Interest Technology and Stuart Rice Research Professor at UMass Amherst
“Dont take anybody's advice, listen to yourself!”
Podcast Description
Today we are joined by Dr. Francine Berman, Director of Public Interest Technology, and Stuart Rice Research Professor at UMass Amherst. She has come to talk to us about her journey, the Internet of Things, and data gathering. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a deeply interconnected ecosystem of billions of devices and systems that are transforming commerce, science and society.
Dr. Berman is a data scientist whose current work focuses on the social and environmental impacts of information technology, and in particular of the Internet of Things. Dr.Berman is exploring the overarching ecosystem needed to guide the development of information technologies that maximize benefits, minimize risks, and promote individual protections, the public interest, and planetary responsibility. Dr. Berman's research focuses on data cyberinfrastructure and policy, the Internet of Things, and the social and environmental impacts of technology. Her leadership roles in academia and non-profits focus on improving and increasing the impact of technology in the public interest. Berman's broad professional goals are to make an impact and help train new Jedi.
In this episode, Dr. Berman avises to maintain resilience, curiosity, and integrity. She emphasizes the importance of following your passions, within your career choice and beyond. You cannot underestimate the importance of learning as much as possible and exposing yourself to both the arts and STEM. Dr. Berman leaves us with the advice, “don't take anybody's advice, listen to yourself!
Resources
If you're interested in learning more about how your data is gathered and used, check out the Social Dilemna documentary on Netflix
If you're interested in learning more about Dr. Francine Berman, click here!
Fran's Suggested Resources:
Women in Tech Articles:
"The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 - culture change is key to getting on track", The Conversation
"Let's Make Gender Diversity in Data Science a Priority Right from the Start", PLOS Biology
"How to Move the Women in Technology Conversation to the Mainstream", Fast Company
Presentations:
Keynote, UMass Symposium on Computing for the Common Good
"Civilizing the Internet of Things"
Got Data? Building a Sustainable Environment for Data-Driven Innovation, Keynote at the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering 25th Anniversary
Grace Hopper Conference Keynote presentation
Websites:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Margaret Dominguez
Optical Engineer at NASA Goddard
"Keep trying and work hard!"
Podcast Description
In this episode, we join Dr. Margaret Dominguez from NASA Goddard. She comes to talk to us about her journey, NASA, and optical engineering. What is optical engineering? Optical engineering is the field of science and engineering encompassing the physical phenomena and technologies associated with the generation, transmission, manipulation, detection, and utilization of light. She uses her optical engineering knowledge to work on space telescopes for NASA. She looks forward to the incredible future of the field of optics.
In this episode, Dr. Dominguez stresses the importance of mentorship. She has had many mentors and mentees in her life. She believes that a mentorship is an incredible tool. Mentors are useful in creating your own community and they’re a great source of advice and encouragement.
Margaret leaves us with the advice to believe in yourself. She says, “there are so many opportunities out there, so focus on what you want to do. It can be hard to deal with other people’s opinions, but we get to decide what we do.” She says to believe in yourself and through the sea of negativity, you will find like-minded people.
Resources
Dr. Dominguez's Suggested Resources:
Dr. Dominguez's Ted Talk
Technolochicas
SciGirls Connect
OSA Career Lab
Engineering Resources:
DIY Nano
SAM Labs
Design Squad Global
Instructables
Tinkercad
NOVA
TryEngineering