Black Mammalogists Week Twitter Takeover

Black Mammalogists Week Twitter Takeover

The Black Mammalogists Week logo by Sean Vidal Edgerton

Edited 09/02/2020: Dates were originally incorrectly reported, they have now been updated to reflect the correct schedule.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Name: Sunny Murphy, Asia Murphy

URL of website: blackmammalogists.com

Email Address: blackmammalogists@gmail.com

Black Students, Professionals, and Aspirants in Mammalogy Prepare for a Twitter Takeover for September 13-19

#BlackMammalogistsWeek is the Next Installment of the Black Lives Matter Movement in STEM

17 August 2020

In the last few months, Twitter has seen an unprecedented explosion in representation for POC (people of color) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The virtual movement was sparked by the false screams heard ‘round the world: When Amy Cooper, a white woman, knowingly filed a false police report against Christian Cooper, a Black man who asked her to leash her dog while he was watching the local birds, an activity widely known as “birding.”

So launched Black Birders Week, a period for people of color to voice the exclusivity that keeps them out of natural spaces. Since then, more themed weeks have arisen, including Black Botanists Week, and most recently, Black in Neuro (neuroscience). Now, teaming up with the American Society of Mammalogists and more, Black mammalogists are ready to shine a light on the excellence they offer to the world of STEM.

The itinerary for the week is as follows:

  • 14 September | Misunderstood Mammal Monday

A panel will discuss “misunderstood mammals” that have gotten a bad rap in modern society.

  • 15 September | Techniques Tuesday

Mammalogists will highlight the most common techniques used for monitoring wildlife populations in the field.

  • 16 September | We Out Here Wednesday!

The peak of the week, where Black mammalogists will be given a platform to connect directly with one another through a virtual networking event.

  • 17 September | Threatened Mammal Thursday

Experts will highlight threatened and endangered species and the unique challenges they face, both generally and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 18 September | Forage Friday

To quell the common myth that “Black people don’t hunt,” panellists will discuss the realities of hunting while Black.

  • 19 September | Sea Mammal Saturday

The spotlight will be turned from the land to the sea during this day, where the focus will turn to Black marine experts and the ocean-bound mammals they study.

The goal of Black Mammalogists Week is to provide a platform for the representation of Black people in mammalogy, regardless of their academic or professional background. As expressed by their Mission Statement,

“[The purpose of Black Mammalogists Week] is to provide opportunities for current and aspiring Black mammalogists across the Diaspora to form conscious, fruitful connections, in addition to illuminating historical and present-day Black contributions to the field of Mammalogy.”

Those interested in obtaining more information about Black Mammalogists Week are encouraged to visit blackmammalogists.com.

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Black Mammalogists Week is under the leadership of 18 excellent Black scholars and professionals. The planning and outreach team represent numerous countries in the Diaspora and invites representation for all Black people.

Press inquiries please contact Sunny Murphy or Asia Murphy at blackmammalogists@gmail.com


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