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Archives for February, 2008

Music, my muse

I just got home from work about half an hour ago. It’s been another long day, although it really started at about 10 am in a coffee shop even if it ended at 9 pm in my office. Anyway. I came home after an hour and a half of talking with a colleague about our…

Is renewal all about context?

It’s the end of another teaching week. My mom has left town. My head is filled with mucous. And my motivation to do anything substantive has entirely left the building. It’s taking a huge amount of effort just to write this blog post. I blame the cold, but I also blame being burnt out by…

Trying to recruit grad students into a PhD program where the PhD is BRAND NEW can be tough. In fact, I need the Internets’s help.

Trying to find my renewal

The Scientiae theme for the anniversary edition is “renewal.” I’ve been in a crabby mood for a couple of days, and haven’t wanted to write anything about it because it would be crabby. But as the clock has ticked down, I realized that renewal is perhaps what I need to write about to help pull…

Link Love: some A’s

I’ve got a massive backlog of saved posts in my bloglines. These are things new and (really really) old, things I’ve read and loved and things I’ve meant to read. They are posts I’ve wanted to share with you and posts that have touched me deeply. But the post backlog is nearing a threshold point…

ScienceGrandma is in Mystery City for a visit this week, so we’ve got three generations of strong, scientifically-inclined women enjoying some time together. ScienceGrandma is a retired science professor, so it’s interesting to hear her commentary on my day-to-day. Some things have changed since she started teaching (overt discrimination) and others haven’t. Minnow is already…

Why are my students so white?

Mystery City is 42% non-Caucasian, with the largest minority being African-American. Mystery University is 25% non-Caucasian.* My introductory courses bear out that statistic; I have a substantial percentage of Hispanic, Asian, and African-American students. So I was somewhat started the other day when I looked around my upper-level class and realized that we were all…

Submit posts for March Scientiae

We’ve got a week before posts are due for the March Scientiae, the theme of which (if you choose to use it) is RENEWAL. Neither ScienceWoman or I have written a post on/for this yet either, so we’re all in the late boat together. But this is the anniversary of Scientiae, so feel free to…

I am terribly neglectful of my role as engineer on this blog – I COMPLETELY FORGOT about E-Week, that’s National Engineers Week to the rest of you. Peggy at Women in Science and SciBling Zuska have written good posts about it, so go read those for your fill of E-Week Goodness.

Unprofessional emails from students

From the email files: To: Science Woman (science.woman@mystery.edu) From: sillyname@yahoo.com Subject: Hey can u tell me how to do number 4 on the problem set. i no u went over it in class but i have had a VERY LONG week lol tests ha ha ha and i lost my notes. pleeease help Stu Dear…