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Tomorrow, CUNY marches for science!

Tomorrow, 350 CUNY science advocates across 10 campuses will be marching for science! Over 30,000 people have registered for March for Science NYC, joining over 500 cities around the world to celebrate and defend publicly-funded science for the common good.

CUNY March for Science NYC Route (map)

At 9:30am, more than 150 of us will meet at Macaulay Honors College (35 W 67th St.) to grab snacks, coffee, and make some last-minute signs. At 10am, we will swing up to Verdi Square to meet a group of 100-150 from Queens College*. Together, we will enter the march at 71st & Columbus Ave, moving South on Central Park West to the rally stage at 62nd. You will not be able to enter the march except at 64th, 68th, & 71st**. The 64th and 68th St. entrances will be closed once Central Park West fills up at each of these streets. You will not be able to enter the march from Central Park (exit into Central Park is permitted, but not re-entry). Marchers will be lined up along Central Park West from 61st stretching north.
At 11:30am, the march will begin at 61st St, heading South along the East side of Columbus Circle, and down Broadway towards 52nd St. As the march approaches 52nd street, groups will be directed so that the march disperses without causing a bottleneck for those behind them. Marchers will be encouraged to join the City’s Earth Day celebration with Car Free NYC.

Some Tips

  • Wear your CUNY swag, #nolabcoatsrequired
  • Bring as little as possible: photo ID, small amount of cash, credit card, fully charged cell phone, and 2-3 emergency contacts written on paper in case your phone is lost. Backpacks and large bags are discouraged
  • During the march, drop coins into plastic bottles to use as shakers. After the march, donate the coins and recycle the bottles.
Please follow @CUNYWomeninSTEM on Twitter, where we will be sharing our most up-to-date info. I will look for tweets tagged #M4SNYC to retweet.
Thanks to the DSC and USS for their support, and Kelly O’Donnell at Macaulay for offering to host us!

* Baruch College has been instructed to meet at 60th & Central Park West and will enter the march separately.

** those with mobility issues can enter at 61st & Broadway, email to arrange accessibility accommodations.

March with CUNY for Science!

Kelly O’Donnell, the Director at Science Forward at Macaulay Honors College has graciously offered to host the launching pad for all CUNY folks, groups and friends who want to March for Science together. We will meet at Macaulay at 9:30am. RSVP as we would like to provide some grab-and-go snacks sponsored by the DSC and USS. Here is a map of our meeting point, likely route to enter the march, and path of the march. If you have any special needs, such as accessibility accommodations, please send an email to

Defiance for Science poster for the March for ScienceFollow @CUNYWomeninSTEM on Twitter for updates about our CUNY group. Please mention us when you are tweeting about #M4SNYC!

The above is for those who want to march with CUNY. Please check the official March for Science NYC‘s communication channels for the most up-to-date march information.

CUNY! Join us at the March for Science NYC!

Since the 2016 US Presidential election, scientists have become deeply concerned for the preservation and future of rigorous, transparent, publicly-funded research for an equitable, just, and sustainable society. We recognize that legislation, policies, and programs differently and disproportionately affect scientists and science beneficiaries with marginalized identities. Conscientious attention to the conduct and application of research is imperative to addressing how science — the systematic study and application of observation and experimentation to build a body of knowledge — affects all people, the natural world, and the pursuit of knowledge. CUNY Women in STEM invites all New Yorkers who are concerned about these issues and value science to the March for Science NYC on April 22nd, 2017.

CUNY Women in STEM is committed to highlighting, standing in solidarity with, and acting in allyship as and with marginalized people and people with intersecting identities. We encourage individuals regardless of age, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, (dis)ability, education level, and/or socioeconomic status to join us in defending and advocating for public science for the public good. Just as the thousands of people around the world who are excited to march for science make up a diverse tapestry, New York City includes people who value, pursue and engage in the scientific endeavor.

We are marching to make science accessible to everyone. We advocate for individuals of all backgrounds to pursue education and careers in science; a diverse group of scientists broadens, strengthens, and enriches scientific inquiry, and therefore, our understanding of the world. Moreover, we recognize that the application of scientific research, evidence-based policies, and public data affects all of us, but can and has disproportionately disadvantaged people who are already marginalized.

The March for Science NYC is one opportunity within a cascade of mobilizations (such as the Women’s March  on January 21st,  and the upcoming May Day actions) for people to express their concerns and priorities to those who purport to represent us. The March for Science NYC is an open invitation for people to publicly resist a socio-political system that privileges some perspectives and marginalizes other voices. We see the March for Science as one way to apply sustained and consistent pressure on decision-makers to respond to the people. CUNY Women in STEM, supported by the Doctoral Students’ Council and the University Student Senate, invites CUNY students, especially those with intersecting identities and disciplines to join us at the March for Science NYC.

Help us promote the March for Science NYC by posting stickers, or through social media channels such as FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Tumbler,  using #M4SNYC.

CUNY Women in STEM supports the March for Science NYC

In response to increasing anti-science rhetoric, President Trump’s denial of empirical facts, and this administration’s severe actions to undercut scientific research, CUNY Women in STEM endorses the March for Science NYC.

The March for Science has inspired cities across the country, indeed around the world, to rally for scientific principles. CUNY Women in STEM  is working with organizers of the NYC march to invite the scientific community and all those who benefit from science to come out on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017.

We should also be wary of defending science when it is imagined to be the province solely of an expert elite. We can respect the knowledge science produces while recognizing the many people from diverse social backgrounds who contribute to it: not just Ph.D.s but also farmers, members of environmental justice communities, people living with illnesses under research and many others.” –Sigrid Schmalzer

The March for Science NYC is one action within a cascading tide of dissent. Each action is an opportunity for people to publicly resist a socio-political system that privileges some perspectives and marginalizes other voices. It is one tactic among many to apply sustained and consistent pressure on this administration to respond to the people. Through the March for Science NYC, CUNY Women in STEM will persist in the fight for publicly-funded science, for evidence-based policies, for the public interest.

Resist Persist graphic for the March for Science

Women in Science and Engineering at CUNY

Women in Science and Engineering at the City University of New York: Research and Progress Summit

  • Plenary address by Dr. Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, member of the CUNY Board of Trustees and CEO of the Cancer Research Institute, NYC
  •  Keynote presentation by Prof. Patricia Rodriguez Brennan, Biology/Mt Holyoke College on the basic science of avian reproductive biology from the female perspective
  • Round Table Discussion on the STEM Pipeline and Retention of Women at CUNY and beyond
  • Poster Presentations by women CUNY STEM researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students

~ Refreshments will be served ~

Friday, April 28, 2017, 12.30 – 5 PM
CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square W, Long Island City, NY 11101
Exit at the E, G, M, and 7 – Court Square NYC Subway stops

RSVP and Sign-up for Poster Presentations here:

The cost of poster-printing will be reimbursed to each presenter.

Women in STEM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

The Women in Science initiatives at Hunter College, Rockefeller University, The American Museum of Natural History and other NYC science institutions are  hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 9th at 6pm in the Rockefeller University Faculty Club to increase representation of women in STEM on Wikipedia. Only between 8.5-16% of Wikipedia editors are women. That gender gap translates to a paltry showing of women in STEM, compared to their male counterparts. So why not get together over pizza and beer and bridge that gap together?

Women in science groups from around the city are invited to Rockefeller to meet up and celebrate the women that have inspired us. Wikipedia has generously supplied us with a Wikipedian to guide us through the editing process, and are providing childcare to anyone requiring it!

If you want to join, be sure to register here, and if you require childcare, email Maryam at

EBook and PDF sites

Tested free eBook and PDF sites:

Not yet tested:

A custom eBook search engine created by ManWithoutModem on Reddit*.

To convert eBooks to other formats, Calibre is free and fairly easy to use.

* Info for this post was collected from colleagues and this Reddit thread.

Fall Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship using the common application below.

Dates: All sections will be from 2016-09-06 to 2016-10-28

Application here:

Pedagogy Conference hosted by the Psychology Department

Pedagogy Day is an annual conference hosted at The Graduate Center, CUNY about the teaching of psychology. The one-day conference aims to provide doctoral students with current knowledge, skills, and resources to teach effectively. In its 6th consecutive year, the theme of the conference will be student activism and engagement.

All disciplines are welcome to attend!

Friday, October 30th. 9:00AM – 6:00PM.
Graduate Center, Rm 6304.01

Register online

pedagogy day poster