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Good teaching moment

After class today, my best student confides to me that the most recent assignment was the toughest thing he’s had to do in college so far. I take that as a tremendous compliment. Why? The students had to get out into nature and observe at least four -ology features. Then they had to succinctly describe…

Subconcious sexism: select examples

Example 1: A significant portion of my students address me as “Mrs. ScienceWoman” despite my repeated email signatures, etc. to the contrary. On the other hand, the lecturer with an M.S. next door to me is constantly addressed as “Dr. Lecturer.” Guess what gender “Dr. Lecturer” is? Example 2: I had a meeting with the…

Scientiae call for submissions

Kate has announced a great topic for the next Scientiae. She’d like us to “transcend the debate.” She says: I’m tired of arguing whether women are really screwed or not in science, I’m tired of discussion biological or cultural differences between male and female aptitude; there’s something problematic about these dichotomies that makes the arguments…

Mommy Monday: Minnow’s ideal day

Minnow woke up yesterday morning snuggled in my arms. We rolled over and nudged Fish awake as Minnow happily wiggled between her parents. After a few minutes, she decided she wanted a little something to eat, so I obliged. When she was finished, she rolled away from me and let out a sigh of pure…

Sometimes I can’t do it all.

I’m this close to crying in my office. I just got out of a candid chat with a visiting speaker and another young female faculty member about work-life and workload issues. And bringing up so many stressful things at once was just too much. I’m starting to have nightmares about next semester. I have two…

My eponym

I never officially participated in the last World’s Fair meme (although if you google “Minnow motherhood insanity” you get this blog), but now Dave Ng has another fun meme for us. Anyway, this meme asks that you come up with your own scientific eponym. What’s that exactly? Well, first read this excellent primer by Samuel…

I will not be a foregone conclusion.

Note: This post was originally published on 1 July 2007 at my old site. I am reposting it here and nominating it for inclusion in the Open Laboratory anthology. There is still time to submit your favorite posts from this blog, your own, or other blogs you read. Here’s how. Sometimes I get depressed when…

The Tao of Revisions (for a Young Author)

Back at the beginning of the month, I boldly announced my intentions to finish all the reviewer comments on a revise-and-resubmit paper. In that post, I calculated that with ~25 comments to address ” if I just average one a day, it should be easily manageable.” Now look over at the left hand column where…

Do guys ever think about this stuff?

This morning as I reached into my closet, I suddenly realized that the shirt I’d been planning on wearing would clash with the background on my power point slides for this morning’s lecture. Having made that discovery, I couldn’t subject my students to visual assault, so I had to pick out a different shirt. If…

Mommy Monday: The Daycare Thing

A number of readers have asked about Minnow’s daycare situation and how she adjusted to it. Fish and I spent a lot of time debating daycare options before we settled on our current center. There are 4 basic choices in childcare: a daycare center, a licensed home daycare, an unlicensed stay-at-home mom who takes in…