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Archives for March, 2008

Scientiae reminder: Don’t be a fool

Don’t be a fool and forget to submit something for the April edition of Scientiae, the blog carnival by, for, and/or about women in STEM. The theme for the month is fools and foolishness, and the carnival is being hosted by Peggy at Women in Science on or about April 1st (hence the theme). For…

Minnow does physics.

Minnow discovers sand and explores gravitational versus turbulent effects upon releasing a handful into the wind. When we got home, we read Bagnold’s “The Physics of Blown Sand and Desert Dunes.” No, not really…we saved it for bedtime! Below the fold, Minnow demonstrates some classical mechanics principles at the playground.

On a borrowed computer

Not only has it been INSANE in my job this week, my computer has been in the shop since yesterday morning, and won’t be back in my hands until Monday morning. If then. Of course, part of the recent insanity has perhaps been BECAUSE my computer has been in the shop. And they’ve been installing…

A ton of feathers (3 of n)

Picking up where we left off a week ago…Caplan outlines 11 myths about women that she argues are pertinent to the case of women in academia. I’m going to skip over the first batch of myths, and focus on the ones specifically about women and working.

Exhaling for a moment

Apparently Purdue and Mystery U coordinate their “overwhelm the new faculty” schedule. Had lunch with the provost this week. Take home message: time would have been better spent bringing in oodles of grant money. Avoid desert. Have been consciously avoiding blogging as part of a get-things-done mode. Unfortunately, last night I got sucked into the…

Congratulations to Kate and the Noodle.

Yesterday morning Kate birthed a healthy wonderful baby girl. Go on over and congratulate her.

Sinking, rather

I had thought that I was getting on top of things over spring break. My folks came to visit us in the Illinois house, we refinished our kitchen floor and made umpteen home repairs, and drove back to W. Lafayette yesterday. My first full day back at work has been outrageously busy, I have a…

Speaking of stereotypes…

This morning I was using my cell phone to make a donation to NPR while putting gas in my Prius. I’m not going to put up a mommy monday post today because I am afraid I will say something I’d later regret. Instead, if I get a chance to blog later today or tomorrow or…

A ton of feathers (2 of 3)

3. Unwritten Rules and Impossible Proofs “Anyone who spends much time in academic settings learns that they are riddled with unwritten rules, and this can make for a great deal of bewilderment and frustration for all kinds of academics. For any oppressed group, this situation is particularly dangerous, since rules can be made and broken…

Lifting a ton of feathers (1 of 3)

A few weeks ago I challenged the readers of this blog to join me in reading Paula Caplan’s “Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman’s Guide to Surviving in the Academic World.” This weekend we’re set to discuss the book – and we’ll see where the conversation goes from there. If you’ve read the book…