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Archives for June, 2008

This is another excerpt from our travel journal to Isle Royale. The first day is here; second day here; third day is here; fourth day is here. Photos by me, text by my husband.

Some longtime readers may know I’m enormously frustrated at the corporatization of engineering, and think that if engineers say they solve problems then there are some enormous problems of housing, lack of clean water, and energy use in impoverished communities across the globe that need solving and we engineers as a profession should get cracking…

Finding my research center

For the last two weeks, I have been utterly consumed by logistics. I’ve come home from a trip to Utopia and a research project there, have been in the field twice locally scouting a project here, and am preparing for field work in Midwest next month. I’m starting to have dreams about losing boxes of…

Silence of the Bees

You may have heard that honeybees in this country are dying off. You may know that scientists have called this epidemic “CCD,” or colony collapse disorder, where honeybees seem to lose the ability to find the hive again, and disappear forever. Scientists think CCD may be caused by a virus, or a combination of other…

Changing the conversation

We’ve been having a couple of interesting conversations on this blog about what makes an engineer, or who becomes an engineer. The National Academy of Engineering has been facilitating a conversation about this too, and have just published a report about it.

This girl needs a list!

In a few days, I’m leaving Mystery City for a whole month. Wow, that’s a long time. It’s a trip combining visits to family with a workshop and some field work, and Minnow will be along for the whole incredible journey. Fish will be with us for a week and then he’ll return home to…

This is another excerpt from our travel journal to Isle Royale. The first day is here; second day here; third day is here. Photos by me, text by my husband.

My letter to TIME

In a week when others in the blogosphere are discussing TIME magazine’s coverage of a pregnancy boom in Gloucester, Massachusetts, there was something else that caught my eye (and my ire). I’ve sent the following letter to the editors at TIME: I’m very disappointed in this week’s illustration for “5 things you should know about.”.…

Home. Whew.

I’m finally home from my two back-to-back conferences. I confess, somewhere in the middle of the 2nd conference, I just wanted to go home. But it was good to stick it out. Of course, the lack of Internets starting Friday morning through today wasn’t great, but it means I have some session blogging still to…

Working without a net

Katie @ Minor Revisions has decided to take the good job close to her family, rather than the dreamy job many states away. She sounds a little sad about the decision, but I am rejoicing for her. The lack of a support network in Mystery State is one of the things that has and will…