From: Katherine Wall <kwall**At_Symbol_Here**waubonsee.edu>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] "labcandy"
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:27:27 -0500
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
I've been thinking about this all weekend. I believe strongly that 'we' need to do more to get the girls' attention about being scientists. And the lab coats and safety goggles bling is great. But the name "labcandy" is too close to "eye candy", in my humble opinion. All girls / young women (and I am the mother of one and used to be one!) want to be "eye candy". So, are we trying to get girls into science so the guys have something better to look at than the old nerd in the white lab coat? I agree with Monona, this is demeaning for the girls. Can't we interest them in science because that's what the world/earth/people/food/etc. is based on?
Thanks for reading my two cents.
Kathy Wall, M.S.
Chemistry Lab Coordinator
Chemistry Adjunct Faculty
Office SCI 204
Division of Mathematics and Sciences
Waubonsee Community College
Rt 47 at Waubonsee Dr.
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
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