Dear Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Fellow Humans: Be Controversial.

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on July 29, 2021 Believe it or not, a doctoral program isn’t designed to make you an expert in your field: that is a pleasant consequence. Sometimes I think even scientists forget this. A PhD program is designed to teach you how to think. It teaches you how to ask theContinue reading “Dear Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Fellow Humans: Be Controversial.”

Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on May 20, 2021 The goal of this piece is to highlight the division that is running rampant through our country. I find the majority of arguments these days are built on assumption and polarization. Instead of arguing productively, we just angrily shout at our metaphorical neighbors over the fence thatContinue reading “Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization”

The Exploitation of Human Labor in American Science (and Beyond)

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on April 2, 2021 The basis of this essay was originally written in January of 2020 as a proposal for the L’Oreal Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship.  In my application, I emphasized empowering women in Science by paying them. Apparently, they didn’t like my application. Challenging the Hypocrisy of Free LaborContinue reading “The Exploitation of Human Labor in American Science (and Beyond)”

How Academia/ Science/ Modern Society Sabotages Community.

by Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on March 30, 2021 This essay was originally published to my social media on February 5, 2021. Throughout my higher education, I was conditioned that everything I did and everywhere I lived was temporary. My personality doesn’t do well with this; I take a long time to establish friendships, a long timeContinue reading “How Academia/ Science/ Modern Society Sabotages Community.”