Category: Professional development testimonials

Category: Professional development testimonials

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How to counterbalance the inequalities women encounter in STEM

Youngah (Karen) Kwon is a graduate student at Columbia University and a member of the American Chemical Society who recently completed our Wikipedia professional development course. With a background in physical chemistry and material science, Karen expanded Wikipedia articles on women who have made major contributions to the sciences. Read her reflections about the experience below. … Continued

Wikipedia as a tool for public engagement with science

Helen Siaw is a PhD candidate and research assistant at Emory University Department of Chemistry. She is interested in using Wikipedia as a tool for science education and public outreach. She creates and updates Wikipedia articles related to current biophysical chemistry or general chemistry research. Helen recently completed Wiki Education’s professional development course as a member … Continued

Chemist takes it upon herself to write biographies of women scientists on Wikipedia

Dr. Claire Jarvis is a Postdoctoral Scientist at Emory University with a PhD in organic chemistry. She recently participated in our professional development course that trains scholars, scientists, and other professionals how to edit Wikipedia. Here, she shares thoughts about her experience. The oversight was egregious. I checked again in case a simple spelling error … Continued

Ensuring Wikipedia represents the accomplishments of women scientists

In 2012, Dr. Jennifer Doudna helped make one of the most remarkable breakthroughs in biology — the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, which changed editing genomes from science fiction to science. Before Dr. Laura Hoopes started working to improve it as part of Wiki Education’s professional development program, Dr. Doudna’s Wikipedia biography looked pretty substantial. With over 1400 … Continued

Biologist takes to Wikipedia to represent women and molecular biology

Dr. Laura L. Hoopes is Professor of Biology and Molecular Biology Emerita at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She recently completed our course that teaches scholars how to add their expertise to Wikipedia. Here, she reflects on what she learned and the impact that she made on the world’s most popular online source of information. … Continued

Learning about gender bias in Wikipedia articles

Samantha Kao is a graduate student at Western Washington University and a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She recently completed our professional development course as a Wikipedia Fellow, in which she joined linguists, psychologists, and chemists in improving Wikipedia’s coverage of a diverse range of scientific and mathematical topics. Here, she shares her take-aways. … Continued

Why edit Wikipedia as a scholar? Collaboration is necessary to advance knowledge

Dr. Rebecca Dew is an independent researcher and current Wikipedia Fellow, where she has leveraged her academic expertise to improve the Wikipedia articles about activism and authority. Here, she reflects on the value of making knowledge available to all. An opportunity to inform public knowledge on this scale comes, for many, only once in a lifetime. Actually, for me, … Continued

Continuous Professional Development: redeveloping a new information literacy platform

Amy Dye-Reeves, is an Assistant Professor of Research and Instruction Librarian at Murray State University. Amy is the College of Arts & Humanities Liaison to the Departments of History, Psychology, Political Science and Sociology. During the Fall of 2018, Amy is teaching a Research in the Information Age course and providing a multitude of instructional … Continued

A librarian’s perspective on why academics should be improving Wikipedia

Michelle Gohr is First Year Experience Librarian at Arizona State University. As a member of the National Women’s Studies Association, she participated in our recent Wikipedia Fellows pilot and now reflects on what this experience has meant to her. Going into the Wikipedia Fellows pilot program I was already a supporter and user of Wikipedia, both in … Continued

A scholar advances academic research by editing Wikipedia

Dr. Niki Kalaf-Hughes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green University. She recently participated in our Wikipedia Fellows pilot cohort as a member of the Midwest Political Science Association. Here, she reflects on the experience. During one of my first experiences as a teaching assistant in graduate school, I was … Continued