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Archives for December, 2007

Carnival barking

The call for the next Scientiae carnival is out. The next edition will be ably hosted New Years day at hreidoplus.de by Jokerine. She’ll need your posts by December 31st and is open to lots of ideas: “the last year in review…new years resoltuions….(woman in science) party trivia…how everything will be different next year (for…

Mommy Monday: On Holiday

Mommy Monday is on holiday until January 7th. Note that this is very different than Mommy being on vacation until January 7th. I don’t think that Mommies actually get vacations. We will however be taking about 10 days to visit our parents. Other posting will continue pretty much as usual at least until we leave…

Step 1. Spend all of your start-up money. Or not. Step 2. Who needs lots of lab renovations? Just use a space last used by another department. Cabinets are cabinets after all. But be sure to call Health and Safety to dispose of any left-behind chemicals you find. Step 3. Buy one large piece of…

Via BitchPh.D. comes this story of a 7 year old who jumped in front of her mother’s murderous ex-boyfriend to save her mother’s life. The little girl was shot six times (and her mother twice) before the police finally showed up. Child and mama both miraculously survived, but they are going to need some help.…

An email I really don’t want to have to send

Dear Administrator, I know that everyone in this building lacks blinds on their office windows, and I realize that you have requested that blinds be installed. However, I have a particular need for blinds in my office and I hope you can forward my request to Facilities Services with some urgency. In the current configuration…

How not to negotiate your start-up funds*

If I had the chance to do one thing over again in the whole job search process, I wouldn’t hesitate a minute before making my decision of what to change. I did a miserable job negotiating my start-up package. Actually, miserable may be too nice a word. (Let’s pause for a moment and put things…

Sheril Kirschenbaum and Chris Mooney at The Intersection are spearheading a push to get the candidates running for president to address issues of science and public policy. Their goal: Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision…

Grading jail

I’ve got lots of posts planned in my head, waiting to be typed when I turn in my grades. The three hours of sleep I got last night are unfortunately hindering my ability to think straight and I made a bunch of errors on the scantron key, which is slowing down the whole process. I…

An early Christmas gift from my chair

I recently met with the chair of my department to discuss my course load and how to set things up so that I wasn’t prepping 2 new courses every semester from here to infinity. The problem stems from the small size of our major and graduate programs, which means that a lot of courses will…

Mommy Monday: Lazy weekends

I think my colleagues are sometimes incredulous that I have lived in Mystery State for almost 5 months now and still have seen nothing of its natural environment.I haven’t been to the Mountains or the Water. I haven’t even been to State Just to the South, despite it being a mere 30 minutes away. I’d…