One Year of HERpothesis

Celebrating our contributors!

Featured image by Charlotte Southall

Hey all!

Today marks one year since HERpothesis launched as an online publication. It’s been an absolute honor to work with the women who have contributed their writing and art to the site. They see the world in so many colors and dimensions intersecting at a million points. Highlighting these intersections, fascinations, and illuminations with them, in their words, and with their art, is the most fun project I could ask for. It brings me such joy to work with these amazing ladies— their ages range from early teens to early twenties, their interests bridge STEM and the arts, and they’re tackling the big questions with curiosity and humor. I want to give them a big thank you for making HERpothesis what it is, and to thank all their friends, family, and fans for reading, sharing, and discussing their work.

Below, I want to give a shout out to every lady who has contributed to HERpothesis in the past year.  Continue reading “One Year of HERpothesis”

Editor’s Letter 6/20/2016

HERpothesis is looking for a social media assistant!

Image credit: Summer solstice 2013, taken by Adriana Ortiz

Hi all!

I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying the fabulous coincidence of a strawberry moon and a summer solstice tonight!

To continue with the flavor of tonight’s moon, I’ve got a sweet little HERpothesis update for you. Here’s the deal: I’m looking for a social media assistant for HERpothesis. Right now HERpothesis’s editorial/administrative/social media teams consist of, well, just me. And I would love some help with our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. This would include finding relevant pages to follow and connect with on each platform, pitching ways to expand our social media content, and keeping an eye out for awesome ladies in STEAM that might make great HERpothesis contributors. The commitment would be a few hours total per week, ideally split up into a little bit of work each day. This position would be great for someone in high school or a college underclassman, with an interest in media and/or STEAM fields. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, shoot me an email at herpothesis@gmail.com. Be sure to include a little bit about yourself, why you’re interested, and ask any questions you may have about the position, HERpothesis, me, who Rey’s parents are, the meaning of life, etc. (I can’t guarantee to know the answer to the meaning of life but I can provide you with plentiful theories about Rey’s lineage.)

Beyond that, keep an eye out for our upcoming HERpothesis Golden Record project, to be released in time for aliens to find it before they invade Earth, hopefully.

Have a great night, and be sure to watch the sunset.

Best,

Alex Hanson

Editor’s Letter 4/20/16

Send in your contributions to the HERpothesis Golden Record project!

GIF by Alex Hanson, using photos of and from the Voyager Golden Record

Golden Record images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Hi there!

For this month’s editor’s letter I want to issue a kind of call-to-action for a new HERpothesis project: the HERpothesis Golden Record. We’re making it, and I want you, you creative, smart, ambitious HERpothesis reader, to get involved.

This project is inspired by the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph and collection of images in a time capsule that was sent out on both of the Voyager spacecraft. Since 1977 two copies of the record have traveled with Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, acting as a sort of message in a bottle for any alien species that may find them one day. The records contain several audio recordings and pictures that are meant to give an impression of life on Earth: our lives, our architecture, animals, plants, music, math, and even a recording of human brain waves. Continue reading “Editor’s Letter 4/20/16”

Editor’s Letter 3/20/2016

Talking about the news-pothesis surrounding Marvel, A Wrinkle in Time, Emily Rice, and SciChic.

EIC Alex Hanson dishes out the news-pothesis, or, things going on in the world of HERpothesis. Continue reading “Editor’s Letter 3/20/2016”

Editor’s Letter 1/20/16

Welcome to HERpothesis!

Hello hello!

Welcome to the launch of HERpothesis online! This site has been formulating itself over the past eight months or so. It started as a thought I had last summer— “I wish there was somewhere I could read and think about STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics] from a female perspective, where it’s really fun. And creative.” Then last November HERpothesis rose from piles of emails, Google Docs files, and Photoshop layers as a 24-page black and white print zine featuring essays, art, and comics from high school and college women expressing their excitement about the world around them. Now, HERpothesis takes the web as a fledgling site incorporating more voices, more ideas, and more (full color!) art. The concept remains the same: create a platform for young, creative women to discuss and ponder STEAM ideas creatively, where readers can learn something and get inspired to explore these subjects outside of the classroom. However, HERpothesis’s new home online will enable it to be the dynamic, engaging space it is meant to be. I am thrilled to share it with you!

Today on HERpothesis you’ll find an essay about how one student incorporates coding into her film school studies, a cartoon-laden distinction between science and other academic fields, a proposition for combining STEM and the arts in your education, an interview with an astrophysicist bringing fashion and astronomy together, Bill Nye fan art, and photographic wonderings of what it means to see art and feel like you’re a very small part of this big universe— all created by some amazing high school and college women.

From here on out, we’ll be posting new content every few days. If you’re interested in engaging with HERpothesis across the web, you can find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. If you’re interested in contributing to the site, check out our About page and email me at herpothesis@gmail.com.

Thank you for checking out HERpothesis! I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Best,

Alex Hanson

Editor-In-Chief