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New Things!

One small article for the internet, one giant leap for yours truly! I’ve been published by my dear friend, Robyn Miller on her blog, Nerd Person Narrative. I’ll be doing a few little guest spots there about gaming. My SEO work is also picking up and I’m feeling pretty good about writing professionally.

 

I’m really getting into looking at fandom and the interactions within them. There’s something really magical for me about watching how people interact and share ideas over media. The collective mentality when watching something like the Welcome to Night Vale fandom  interact is fascinating.

But for now, I’ve got a lot of other balls in the air and I’m working on scooping them up. I’ve recently opened up a twitter and a tumblr, feel free to follow me for smaller posts and updates!

 

 

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Bupropion Diaries – Where’s that Other Shoe?

I’m letting go of my own anxiety and trying to do this. I’ve promised myself to not delete this entry, so hold me to it, I suppose? My life is going so well, I don’t know why it’s easier to write about the bad things than the good. Maybe I feel like people don’t care so much when good things are happening, maybe I fear I’ll jinx it.

Maybe it’s a holdover from my father, and we don’t have time for that one tonight, maybe later. For right now we’ll start on the 18th of January…

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New Computer and Other Random Topics

1) It’s very odd to be able to say “I can do that” when it comes to money. It felt like with the ex I was always pinching pennies and going without. Maybe I just felt like because it was June I should spoil myself. I got myself a new computer, a puppy (he’s a rescue), and I’m pretty sure I’m going to get lasic for my eyes. This means that my tattoo is going to be put off. And I don’t know. I feel like I hide behind my glasses, that I look better with them, maybe it’s just a crutch, however. Something else that I have to let go of. 

Plus, I’m tired of banging them at work and scratching them. 

2) Still waiting on the QDRO. Apparently my ex’s lawyer claims to have sent it, but his company claims he didn’t. I’m quite perturbed at this, let me tell you. I hate having his name attached to things financially. 

3) Pride was utterly wonderful this year. I can’t believe how much fun I had. Got sunburned and totally exhausted to the point where I did nothing on Saturday, but hey… it happens. 

4) I’m still debating what to do with this space, exactly. I suppose I’ll go back to the professional posts from time to time. Maybe something on choosing colleges. I started that a while back at the very least. 

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OCEA Spring Conference

OCEA is hosting their spring conference at DeVry University in Columbus Ohio on April 26th and 27th. There will be venders in the exhibit hall, excellent networking opportunities for young BMED/BMET/MEC-E/and ECET peoples.

Based on the venue, this is likely to be a smallish event, perfect for people who are new or wanting to break into industry. It should be an non-intimidating atmosphere with people who are eager to talk about what they do in industry and what they plan to do. You’ll have to take Friday off to experience the full event, however it may be worth it if you’re really interested to get your toes into the industry.

Networking is a critical part of the sciences these days. Most of our new tech is collaborative in efforts (See the new Mechanical Arm for an example). Being able to communicate cross disciplines is invaluable. If you’re free, or can be in the Columbus Area, it wouldn’t hurt you to attend!

More information here!

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So You’re an Engineering Student? What About After School?

I’ve migrated between professions in my adult life to finally come to a place that I consider comfortable. This entry is sort of a helping hand to other people who are entering the technology fields (I’m a biomedical technician, so things will be heavily leaning in that direction, but should be fairly cross discipline)

Join professional societies. Big secret? Hardly anyone likes “mixers”, but networking is an important aspect of the science community and an excellent way to put yourself ahead of the competition. There will be competition; don’t delude yourself to think that there won’t be. Some of these cost and some are “geared” to certain professions, but that doesn’t stop you from becoming a member.

Also follow the news and blogs. Technologies are fast paced and difficult to keep abreast of when out of school. It’s important that you remain current, I can’t stress that enough. There’s no better way to wow someone during your interview than to be progressive in your knowledge.

1) IEEE
IEEE stands for “Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers” and so you may be confused as to why I am a member. IEEE sets standards for electrical components in all equipment. It’s important to keep abreast of new tech and what is coming out so that you will be current with trends. As a professional, even if you’re not “that sort of engineer” you will find a lot here that is relevant to your interests.

IEEE also has clout. It’s the single largest professional association for engineers in the world. As such its members enjoy discounts, special training courses, and a job board that is available to members only.

Due to its size, IEEE is not free. It costs. However the student memberships are decently priced.

2) GMI
Global Medical Imaging is a biomedical group that provides a variety of support and services to its members. It also sports a blog by Patrick K. Lynch, a long standing member of most of the professional organizations in the United States.

The blog is helpful to people who are new to the biomedical world and want to get an understanding of what’s going on. They also host small conferences that are good places for free refresher courses and meeting people who are in your industry.

3) Your region’s Engineering Association.
I’m a member of OCEA (Central Ohio Clinical Engineering Association). Being a member gives me news letters and focus groups, including the ability to go to conferences. While the topics can be dry, it’s always useful information and a good chance to meet people with experience. The best way to find one would be to google your “[My Area][My Major] Association”.

4) Biomedtalk
This is a forum that’s full of professionals who discuss a wide variety of topics. The forum looks a bit cluttered, and is not as pretty as many of the younger generation would be used to, but don’t sell it short. It’s a good place to get knowledge, ask questions, and acclimate yourself to a variety of people. Despite the sense that as technologists we don’t people very well, it’s important to discuss and be able to work with a wide range of people.

5) Technation
This is a favorite place of mine to poke at. There are a TON of articles, writers, professors (My own Purdue has a spotlight right now), and help. You can listen to Tech Nation on NPR as well, but I would suggest poking around the site and soaking up what it has to offer. I’ve found a lot of good reading on here, and a lot of things to research on my own.

6) ECRI institute
ECRI is an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. Patient handling and care is paramount in the biomedical world and it’s a good place to probe around. Again they have incentives for being a member, and a ton of information. Their newsletters are free and usually very up to date.

The most important thing to remember about being in technology is that we don’t get to stop learning. The information that we need is always updating and changing and it’s important to continue to update yourself so that you remain valuable to your industry and competative.

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LadyScience

Science, in and of itself is dear to me. I love math, and I’ve always been a good troubleshooter. But this question really made me stop and think because at about the same age I finally got it beaten into me that “math is for boys” and “talking is for girls”. A lot of times I would have a math teacher ignore me, or flat out tell me no, when I felt very right. I remember, to this day over 15 years later, my last high school math class. I had excellent scores, and in a lecture I found an alternate way of doing a problem. When I asked the teacher about it, he told me that it wouldn’t work. I asked him to prove it to me, and he told me that I needed to be quiet.

That day I could have registered for an advanced math course. I didn’t.

I stopped caring about science because I wasn’t valued by it. This wasn’t simply one time, this was constant. From a misogynistic father to people assuming something would be too hard for me, I was done with it. I never got funny looks for reading a book. I never was told that I was wrong for thinking about writing. But if I thought about mathematics? The thing is that I don’t feel that these adults in my life meant to crush something I actually have an aptitude for. I think that their own attitudes prevailed. Their own stresses caused them to rebuff the annoying student (I was mouthy, loud, brash, your basic normal teenager). Their own hardships or pressures caused them to subtly shape me into someone who left science altogether for many years.

My family is not highly educated. This isn’t to say that my mother didn’t value educating me. She simply didn’t have time or the ability herself. You can’t lead the way when the path isn’t known to you.

Like this little girl, I know I had figures that supported my love of math, but they were by far overshadowed by “you’re not good enough” or by indifference. There are thousands of articles out there discussing this topic, why women stray from the sciences. A quick google search can turn up a multitude of studies on the topic. But it goes to show that research and action are two different things. There are still people out there who want Engineering/Science to be something so lofty that lowly minorities and women cannot reach it. They have this burning urge to be super special snowflakes. If everyone can get an Engineering degree then what good are they? Then they will have to compete.

A strange conversation during my second undergraduate degree started by me complaining that fewer people were enrolling as engineering students. A young man laughed and said “less competition”. Without thinking I blinked and said that he must not be a very good engineer to think like that.  He was, understandably, insulted by the statement. I explained that I had faith in myself and my abilities, why didn’t he? But there’s the rub. As a woman you’re told in this field that if you try hard enough that something good will happen. For many of us “enough” never comes. Even after we’ve surpassed our male counterparts. This is changing. It’s slowly turning into a more even playing field.

But until then, we can’t really ignore it.

 

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