Team WhyMommy's Virtual Science Fair: Supporting Susan Niebur by Embracing Science

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You may have noticed all sorts of non-science-y people suddenly embracing nature walks and star gazing this week. That would be due to Stimeyland's brilliant project, Team WhyMommy's Virtual Science Fair, to show Susan Niebur support while she recovers from surgery after the recurrence of her breast cancer.

Rather than focus on cancer, Stimeyland has set up a project that is meant to not only make Susan smile, but for her to also see the profound effect she has had on people in spreading her message of women in the sciences. And everyone is not only welcome to join along; they're encouraged to participate and support a fellow BlogHer. Stimey writes:

That is what Team WhyMommy's Virtual Science Fair is all about. We want her to know that she is loved and supported. But we also want her to know that our love and support is not all because of the cancer. We love and support her because of who she is, not just because of what she has. She is not just a cancer fighter, but an incredible person, one who is passionate about science and especially women who do science.

As an astrophysicist, science obviously plays a huge role in Susan's life, and she has been encouraging women for years to stop shying away from science and embrace their inner geek wholeheartedly. She has inspired other women to spend time in science museums, teach science to their children and be a strong advocate in their own health.

photo by LaurieWrites

A taste of the bloggers participating in the virtual science fair:

  • LaurieWrites: overcame her lack of geology knowledge to be a rock assistant.
  • Jodifur: played with science kits with her son.
  • Montessori in Real Life: built an ant farm with her kids.
  • A Parent in Silver Spring: created a round-up of science activities around Washington, D.C. (consider making one in your hometown and adding it to the list!)
  • Punditmom: showed science moments from her recent trip to China.
  • Laundry for Six: had a very funny post about her field trip to a medical museum. She admitted: "Susan, the blogosphere isn't nearly big enough for all of us to say how much you inspire us. In so many realms. So this is just a small slice of our deep admiration. (Seriously. I actually contemplated letting my KIDS REMOVE AN ORGAN from me. I wouldn't do that for just anybody.)"
  • Magpie Musings: In addition to detailing science experiments with her daughter, she stated: "I joined the Army of Women. I'll be notified when a researcher is looking for people like me - women who are willing to participate, in person or online, with and without cancer, so that scientists can study what causes, and what cures, cancer."
  • Parentopia: told a great story about why she failed astronomy (hint: she didn't know she was taking astronomy).
  • Sarah and the Good Squad: planted a garden.
  • Twofer Mom: went star gazing and looking for shooting stars.

There are dozens of other bloggers on the list and it keeps growing. Please join along to show Susan support.

And while you're at it, tell us your favourite area of science and ways science plays a role in your life.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her book is Navigating the Land of If.

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