Friday, March 13, 2015

On choosing social media topics

Most of my social networking is not technical, and there's a reason for that. It's called Export Control laws, ITAR and EAR. The internet is global and public, and I'm not in a position to release data that is not mine to release.

That's a major reason that my social networking has focused on the non-technical issues of STEM culture and diversity. Also note that, for the most part, what I share on Twitter, LinkedIn, and this blog on research about STEM culture is statistical data, NOT personal experiences.

It's really awkward, trying to establish credibility in a field when one can't talk about work, and one cannot share their presentations. It's also tough attempting to prepare for job interviews, when one cannot keep examples of the presentations they have performed, can't reference the e-mails on the subjects, and can't keep records. I understand the "why"s, I discussed some of them in the Intellectual Property portion of this post.

That being said, I have been published and presented at conferences, so there is material that has been cleared for Export and is publicly available.

When I worked in Houston, our entire team was active with the International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES, for short).  At the time I participated, it was sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

For several years, I became part of the AIChE Environmental Systems Committee.

Here are the papers I initiated and co-authored:

I would have liked to have written more, but life happens.

TL,DR:
I talk a lot on social media about gender and STEM, because those are topics that I can discuss. The literature I read are freely available, the results are published in major news articles. Just because I don't, doesn't mean that I can't. Nor does it mean that women in STEM is the only topic I care about.