Before we hand off to this month's wildly impressive lineup (one of them literally defends the planet), a special note to anyone at a museum, school, library, community space, etc.: Our New Science exhibit (done in collab with the California Academy of Sciences and IF/THEN Initiative) is now available free for anyone to download and recreate. Choose from 23 incredible researchers whose queer and intersectional identities are revolutionizing science (or feature them all), and display however works for you—from printing 8x10s to tape up in a hallway, to getting fancy with life-sized glossy panels. These first-person stories make an impact no matter where and how they're seen.
Request files through the ASTC's website (you'll find New Science in their Library's printables section), and if you happen to be associated with an ASTC-member museum, you can also apply for a mini-grant through Nov. 12 to support your own production of the exhibit. If you end up displaying New Science pieces in any way at all, email or tweet us a photo! We'd love to know.
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In Content Makers, it's visual sci-communicator Fancy Castillo Garrido on the formation of "beautiful communities"—both inside and outside your body. Oh and, “Something that has caught my attention when working with scientists is how difficult it is for them to open up and trust what they know.” (That got real fast, we know.)
In Orgs to Know, we welcome Barbara Belmont of Out to Innovate (formerly NOGLSTP). “When I was coming out, I had no role models, especially in science. Finding an organization of queer people who spoke my STEM language was like finding home.” Today, that organization is a powerhouse.
In this month's Contributor Highlight, meet planetary scientist Ed Rivera-Valentín, who defeated their “inner saboteur” not just to reach the outer edges of Solar System, but to help ensure that many dazzling star-clusters of future Latinx astronomers and scientists are right behind.
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