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Celebrating Women in STEM: My Top Haiku Picks from Chatty's Poetic Musings on Women Scientists

I started using ChatGPT sometime ago as my primary search engine. It summarizes a large amount of information and presents it to me without ads. I've used it for travel information, research on natural phenomena, recipes, and so on. I use ChatGPT so much that I renamed it Chatty. If you've used it, you might agree that many answers are a bit long, which is why I think Chatty is a good name. Also, it's easier to say than ChatGPT.

(Image created by Leonardo AI according to a prompt by me.)

After seeing the book I Am Code, I decided to ask Chatty to write some poetry. Being Christmas time, I asked for a Christmas poem. Immediately after I pressed Return, Chatty spewed a multi stanza poem. When I asked if this was original, Chatty said "Yes" and offered to write another. Obviously Chatty needed something more challenging.

Several years ago I worked on a project to highlight the accomplishments of women scientists. Back then I had a Twitter account and started to publish "SciKu" daily about a woman scientist. They were all physicists and astrophysicists so it was very challenging to incorporate their accomplishments into the Haiku format. I got the number of syllables and lines correct but someone pointed out that my SciKu did not follow the rules of Haiku in that I didn't reference nature or seasons. Still, I thought, it was a feat to encapsulate these scientists in a 5-7-5 structure. Having Chatty write some haiku about women scientists might be a challenge.

Chatty did pretty good, although with the lesser known women I had to ask Chatty to recompose the Haiku making some sort of reference to the actual scientific specialty of the woman. I tossed out a few Haiku. I present the rest below.

I noticed a few words, like trailblazer, were used for more than one poem so I had Chatty analyze the word frequencies of all these poems. There aren't that many poems to claim that Chatty uses fallback words (like trailblazer and pathfinder), but I suspect if I had Chatty write 104 poems (one for each woman in my project) that such a pattern might emerge. As an editor, I would want to change words that are repeated too much. In fact, I did eliminate a few poems that showed that tendency.

BTW, just as I was about to press the Publish button, Wix (the platform I use for my website) suggested I get some AI help to punch up my headline. The headline you see is one of the three suggested by the Wix AI.


By ChatGPT as prompted by Bunny

Jill Tartar

Jill, seeker of stars,

Cosmic dreams in her keen gaze,

Quests for worlds afar.

Mae Jamison

Space's boundless dance,

Mae journeys in starlit skies,

Trailblazer's embrace.

Jewel Plummer Cobb

Cell's whispered secrets,

Jewel's gaze unlocks life's code,

Physiology's muse.

Cecile Hoover Edwards

Nutrition's fervor,

Cecil's wisdom nourishes,

Health blooms in her wake.

Carolyn Parker

Numbers' whispered tales,

Carolyn weaves math's essence,

Logic's elegant grace.

Margaret S. Collins

Nature's canvas vast,

Margaret's eyes glimpse life's dance,

Zoology's hymn.

Marcel Carena

Boson whispers hush,

Marcela's symmetries bloom,

Secrets unveil, plush.

Persis Drell

Particles collide,

Persis's vision takes flight,

Accelerates light.

Harriet Brooks

Radiant pursuits,

Harriet's atoms grace the void,

Physics in her hands.

Deborah Jin

Quantum worlds converge,

Deborah's atoms dance in cold,

Physics in her hold.

Carolyn Shoemaker

Comets in her gaze,

Carolyn's eyes unveil stars,

Space whispers her name.

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