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Evolving the Message

This past year has marked the beginning of what I suspect will be a long journey for me (and hopefully others!) to improve the state of STEM education in the country with a sort of grassroots approach. There are many different demographics to focus on, and I’ve chosen to focus on what I know and what I can speak to – women in STEM careers. There’s plenty of room for others who choose to focus on different demographics, but between my personal passion on the subject and the significant decline in female interest in STEM careers like computer science, the call…

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TechEd 2011: Moderating the Women in Technology Panel

Fresh off the heels of my appearance at this week’s Seattle IxDA “Women in Design” event, I have another appearance to share: next Tuesday, I’m honored to be moderating the annual Women in Technology panel at Microsoft TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, GA. TechEd 2011: WIT01 WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY LUNCHEON Developing a Strong Support Network: The Key to Being Successful as Women in Technology Tuesday, May 17 11:30 – 1:00 (Lunch will be served) Georgia Ballroom 2 Moderator: Cheryl Platz (me!) Panelists: Mary Jo Foley, Amy Barzdukas, Betsy Speare The WIT panel is historically well-attended and well-reviewed – please join us! If…

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Medical Memories

It’s been a bit silent here over the past few days because I was going through the ordeal surrounding my very first colonoscopy. I won’t go into the details here, because that’s most certainly not why you came. Suffice it to say that I do not have colon cancer as we feared might be the case, but there is still no better explanation for the symptoms I’ve been enduring for many months. Frustrating, but one has no choice but to live on in the interim. I am exceptionally grateful to the many friends who have sent positive thoughts or prayers…

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The past our parents don’t have

I got a LinkedIn request the other day: “I think I have a funny photo of you next to my Van de Graaf machine when you were an intern at MAYA Design.” I actually laughed out loud when I read this. I can totally remember the day I was playing with the Van de Graaf machine – I can only imagine how silly that photo looks. And it’s a summer of fond memories, too – MAYA was my first internship and my first interaction design job. It was pre-dot-com burst, so the office bore the hallmarks of a bunch of…

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