Geo-chem STEM-ing girl power: thanks and farewell Yael Schuster

During the first week of June(May 31 – June 6), we traveled across to Israel where the distinguished Dr. Yael Schuster took the reins of RealScientists. She cracked a bone with her (“bad”) science jokes, all the while steering us into a gold mine of ideas, spanning an engaging study into the very birth of our atmosphere to the nodal contributions of women in STEM.

We also got an insight into her day job which involves working with sophisticated machinery like these

And by night, she fights crime. Or could, but her time is (infinitely) better spent nurturing her very own Start-up!

This is how she breaks for a brief respite

Here’s her sharing her experience at RS.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

It was so much more engaging and exciting than I had expected! I felt like I had tons of friends all over the world. I’ve never felt so cool!

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

It was certainly hard keeping up and making sure I responded to everyone. (I hope I didn’t miss anyone!). I certainly didn’t get a ton of work done that week. But it was so worth it!

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Definite highlight when one of the science jokes turned into a “#carbonpolymorph” meme!

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I think I would have loved to carry on the discussions and go deeper into the issues we touched on, especially that of disability inclusion in science.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I had a general subject for each day and a list of things I wanted to share and discuss- although it quickly became obvious that it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with everyone!

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Clear your calendar and have a great time!

The RS team is sincerely grateful to Yael for an amazing week filled with rock science and #girlsinSTEM. If you missed out on her curation, you can catch the highlights of her week here and also follow her on her regular account @ScienceforGirls.

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