As you may be aware, the Women Thinking Free Foundation and I have been working tirelessly over the past few months to try and raise money to help out women who wouldn’t be able to afford to (but really wanted to) go to The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas this year. I had promised that at the very least I would send one woman. Well, guess what?
Thanks to the generous support of our wonderful readers and friends we raised enough to send ELEVEN women! How completely awesome is that?! Actually, there is one partial grant winner too so that is 11.5 recipients!
The first three grant recipients are listed in this blog post.
And now without further ado, here is the final 8 (and a half) Surly and WTFF TAM grant recipients for 2011!
Cat has been a dancer since age 3 and spent 6 years performing as a Radio City Rockette. She has always been a dichotomous fan of science and the arts, and is a recent deconvert from the woo. Her passions include politics, environmentalism, feminism, social justice, and Bill Maher. She holds a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University. As retirement from dance looms closer, she’s currently searching for her next career path. She does have a personal god, and his name is Bob Fosse.
I’m a science enthusiast with a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. I have a day job in marketing, but by night I’m the art director for the blog Cram Magazine (crammagazine.com), where we publish intelligent art and literature from up-and-coming creatives. In my spare time I enjoy photography, roller skating, cooking, reading, web design, jewelry making, and a whole slew of other crafty pursuits. I’m so excited to attend TAM, meet fellow skeptics, and soak up the knowledge of the speakers and panelists.
Beth is a graphic design major at the University of Illinois at Chicago, currently trying to juggle four (yes, four) campus jobs. She got into skepticism after realizing that it wasn’t just a bunch hard-science doodz discussing test-market films while arguing about the hops in their seasonal microbrews. Although she admits to being swayed by the microbrews argument. She is interested in using her newly acquired graphic design skills to create art that will help facilitate discussion rather than argument.
Diane is a native of Northern Virginia and graduated a long long long time ago from William and Mary, with a major in physics. These days she spends her time at a non-science day job, also raising two beautiful skeptical daughters, singing with the best chorus in the area, and absorbing all the information she can find on cognitive biases. She is developing a course for teens on the subject, entitled “Brain Glitches”, which she will be teaching for the first time this summer.
Emily Finke is a Public Education specialist at a large midwest museum. She spends most of her time teaching museum visitors how to think critically via messy and occasionally slightly (intentionally) disastrous science experiments. She is also studying biological anthropology and has a tendency to keep more miscellaneous skeletal material on her desk than her coworkers are comfortable with. In her spare time, she can be found blogging (sporadically) at thisview.org, tweeting (altogether too much) as @seelix, and informing people in pubs that penguins don’t live in the North Pole and that girls can indeed do science.
Cheri is an Alaskan braving the wilds of California, and a cancer research scientist. Currently she is working on the involvement of the AKT-mTOR pathway in chemotherapy resistant cancer strains. She loves working in the field of biotechnology which is challenging, quickly evolving and presents beneficial therapies for health care and quality of life improvements. Although her first love is science, her second is the arts. She enjoys making jewelry and hats out of insects, bones, and various other biological sources, painting, playing the piano, writing short stories and poetry, and going to Star Trek conventions in full Trekkie attire. She says her favorite quote defines how she tries to see the world: “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Sandra J. Schechner
Sandra is a certified prosthetist and orthotic resident practicing in Chicago, IL. She says she interested in evidence based medicine, and appreciates the opportunity to attend TAM.
Tracy Chovanec lives in southern California and is the proud mother of two critically thinking teenage boys. She is the daughter of a Baptist minister, and attended a Christian school from 4th through 12th grade. While working on her degree inBusiness, she took several critical thinking classes and subsequently escaped the Woo Zoo. After 15 years in Information Technology, she began pursuing her doctorate in Forensic Psychology. She recently completed her non-terminal masters coursework. Her long term goal is to be board certified in both forensic psychology and neuropsychology. To support this goal, she will begin working with acquired brain injury patients starting in July. She values knowledge and understanding of the truth (whatever the truth may be), and she strives to be a positive example of the idea that one can be moral from within.
Carrie Poppy is a writer, actor and activist from Studio City, California. She is the co-host of the skeptical podcast Oh No, Ross and Carrie! and an active member of the Independent Investigations Group, which tests claims of the paranormal and holds preliminary demonstrations for would-be applicants to the JREF million-dollar prize. She plays “Ms. Psyche” on the popular web series, Mr. Deity, and has been published in Philosophy Now and Secular Nation. Carrie has been an activist since she was in diapers (which was not recently, thankyouverymuch) and loves to keep busy with investigations, demonstrations, and acting gigs. She also loves curry, vintage TV, and Richard Dawkins, who saved her from superstition in 2008.
*Carrie is our partial grant recipient. The remainder of her grant is being generously paid for by a friend.
We did receive a lot of applications from some really amazing women and so if you were not chosen this year please accept our sincere apology and know that we really wished we could send everyone. And for those of you who did get this year’s grants, congratulations! We look forward to meeting you in Las Vegas!
To everyone who helped make these grants possible, thank you so very much. Together we can and actually are making a difference.
*Last minute edit: I just realized that I still owe a bit more than we raised. I’m around $500 short. I am totally going to cover any of the funds I don’t have at the moment myself so everyone still gets to go but if anyone out there still wants to help me out you can. Just follow this link. Thanks!
*Edit 6/8/11 Thanks everyone I have all the money that was needed! Appreciate everyone who helped. See you at TAM!