Author Archives: Mary Williams

Rooting Out Oppression Together. Equity Assessment of ASPB and CSPB Activities and Processes

Professional societies exist to support all their members, and scientific conferences and journals are intended to serve all equitably. We want to hear from you about your experiences navigating your professional spheres, so that we can collectively identify and work … Continue reading

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Social Media to Support, Amplify, Nuture, and Connect Plant Scientists (a short talk)

In July 2021, I was invited to give a talk at the “virtual” Arabidopsis meeting, ICAR2020 (the meeting was scheduled for 2020, but postponed until 2021 due to COVID). I spoke about how every scientist can benefit from having a … Continue reading

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What is ROOT&SHOOT?

Early in 2021, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) posted an annoucement about a new type of funding opportunity, called LEAding cultural change through Professional Societies (LEAPS) of Biology. The NSF is is committed to supporting efforts that use evidence-based … Continue reading

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Intersectional Allyship for Racial Justice: A Workshop for White Allies

I gave myself a present! I signed up to attend this workshop, through the Equity in the Center. What does it mean for white people to be effective allies to people of color in our work for racial equity and … Continue reading

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E/quality and Diversity

(Originally published April 2016 in Plant Science Today) Recently, I was asked it if is ethical to give a job to a woman rather than to a man of higher quality. I replied, “How do we measure “quality”? This is … Continue reading

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We are all migrants

Lessons from Orkney (I wrote this in 2016 after a wet and windy summer solstice trip to Orkney, Scotland.)  I enjoyed a trip to Orkney last week to celebrate the graduations of my sons from high school and university. We chose … Continue reading

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Preparing your manuscript for submission. A writing webinar

I have spent the past 25 years helping scientists learn to be better writers, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I regularly give seminars on how to prepare a manuscript for publication. This is a recording of … Continue reading

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Hello world!

It’s 2022 and I’ve decided to start sharing my thoughts, ideas and experiences on my own blog. More will follow as soon as I get my heater repaired, we’re freezing here in Scotland! Drop me a line, I’d love to … Continue reading

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ShutDownSTEM, Day of Reflection: June 10, 2020

On June 10, 2020, academics and scientists were asked to step away from their business and usual, to have a “Day of Reflection”. We were urged to spend the day learning about how racism affects everyone and to ponder how … Continue reading

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