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Archives for January, 2008

Telling Stories in Class

In my upper level course this semester, I am really trying to interject personality into the lectures and discussions. By personality, I don’t (just) mean humor and compassion. What I also mean is that I am trying to convey that our subject matter is an area of active research, done by (gasp!) real people. I…

Where on (Google) Earth #106

Thinkstart (Joshua Potter) was the winner of the last Where on Google Earth challenge, finding my fossil forest in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, comes this installment of the game. Joshua says: As this was only my second try at WoGE, I’m not very versed with technique or trends/standards of the past 105, so I hope…

A reader recently sent me this email: I have a question that perhaps you and your readers can help with. I’m currently at a cross-road in my academic career. A year ago I started a Master’s program in one of the “ologies” with potential to switch over to the Ph.D if things progressed well over…

Where on (Google) Earth? #105

Where on (Google) Earth is a roving internet game played for the past year+ by the geoblogsphere. In this game, a snapshot of somewhere on the planet is taken using Google Earth (a free downloadable program). The object is to identify the location with latitude and longitude and try to say something* about the geology…

Happy Birthday, Minnow (Mommy Monday)

On Saturday, my dearest Minnow turned one. It’s hard to believe that it was already a year ago that she was born after an mostly uneventful pregnancy and a natural, and manageable, labor and delivery. She was so tiny, and so fragile, and it seemed like all I could do was hold her and watch…

I miss my office!

In the past week and a half, a series of both anticipated and unforeseen circumstances have been keeping me away from campus almost half of the time. First it was the snow day, then the MLK holiday, both of which meant no daycare. Tuesday I lost an afternoon to something unbloggable, Wednesday day care called…

The Taxman Cometh Not

Back in August, in the midst of finding daycare, getting ready to teach, paying two mortgages, and reeling from my mother’s illness, I got a most unwelcome piece of mail from the IRS. Actually, I think the timing of getting that letter is bad no matter when it occurs. The IRS had selected me for…

Seasonal misconceptions

It’s mid-January and you are probably contemplating whether we’ll get another snow day this week. Or maybe you are thinking about your upcoming ski trip? Or how you’ll pay your heating bills? any case, winter is probably on your mind. Ah winter, that time of year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun. Right?…

Mommy Monday delayed

Mommy Monday is indefinitely delayed pending me actually getting last Thursday’s lecture written for tomorrow. Given today’s holiday and the corresponding lack of daycare, I suspect that Mommy Monday will return next week in it’s regularly scheduled slot. Next week I’ll tell you about Minnow’s birthday (it’s Saturday the 26th), but after that I’m open…

Minnow at the Science Blogging Conference

Minnow’s big adventure this weekend was attending the 2nd Annual NC Science Blogging Conference (and staying with one of my college roomies). In the morning she went to the discussion on ethics in science blogging, lead by the incomparable Janet Stemwedel. Afterwards she had a little bonus discussion.