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NWSA Conference Redux

Just over a month ago I was just starting the main part of the National Women’s Studies Association conference. I finally have a few minutes now to share with you some of the ideas and sessions I went to at the conference. Sorry it’s not liveblogging – there wuz no Internetz at the conference center…

I am an inveterate and unapologetic listener of NPR. I love to feel like I am getting something useful out of being stuck in traffic and I find their reporting to generally be much better and more in-depth than that of the print media. However, this week, All Things Considered’s reporting has really irritated me.…

Even though fall classes won’t start for a few more weeks, we are already being asked to submit our spring schedules. I’ll be teaching two classes, each with labs, that I will have previously taught. It’s a little daunting to think about so many hours in the classroom, but the reward will be a lighter…

Looking forward to year two

As Alice has reminded us, the theme for this month’s Scientiae is “transitions.” Seems like a totally appropriate thing to be contemplating as I gear up for the next academic year. A few months ago, I reflected on my lessons learned as a first year faculty member. I felt like I’d learned a lot but…

Plug for Scientiae

Remember that Cherish of Faraday’s Cage is Where You Put Schroedinger’s Cat is hosting Scientiae for August and that posts on your transitions are due to her by tomorrow. Me? I’m tapped out. I suck. But hopefully you don’t and will write something really great. Or submit a past post that is relevant. Pleeese? Thanks!

Home again, home again lickety split

At long last, Minnow and I are back on terra firma in Mystery City. Fortunately, our trip home went much more smoothly than our travel to Midwest. Unfortunately, it’s looking like I’ve got a good few days of email-box unclogging, grocery restocking, unpacking (home and field gear), bill paying, etc. before I can really settle…

The New York Times reports that the Princeton review is including a “green rating” in their next ranking of colleges in the US. While I think college rankings is pretty much a popularity contest, I think this incorporation of some kind of rating of environmental impact and sustainability is a step in the right direction.…

When you hear your life on the radio

I’m a This American Life junkie – I completely agree with the woman in the TAL ad who says she can’t eat crunchy foods while listening to it in case she misses something. I always seem to be doing something else Sundays at noon when it is broadcast on my local NPR station, so I…

It’s the economy, stupid!

Finally, a thoughtful article about women and work in the NYT. This quote I found particularly important: “When we saw women starting to drop out in the early part of this decade, we thought it was the motherhood movement, women staying home to raise their kids,” Heather Boushey, a senior economist at the Joint Economic…

Reflections on REES

As you know, I have just returned from a 3-week visit to Europe, where a main event was attending the Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES) in Davos, Switzerland between July 8-10. Before I forget the experience entirely, let me share some highlights.