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Archives for July, 2008

Did I mention….

W00T! Although for a lower price than we had hoped, oh well. But a really good closing date, woo hoo! Now on to the inspection drama… apparently we are to anticipate 4 inspectors: radon, termite, general paid for by the buyers, and the bank’s inspector. Keep your fingers crossed…

Back home again

I’m back in the Midwest, and after a debilitating migraine yesterday, back in West Lafayette today. I’m digging out of my email and trying to catch up on student work and mail and the new and interesting weed-based disaster area that is my backyard, and rather wishing I was instead back here at The Orchard…

The Trouble Maker Mom

So I attended a pedagogy workshop this week and I brought Minnow along. For those not keeping track, she’s now almost 18 months old and still going strong with the nursing (>= 2 x/day, >=2x/night). When I signed up for the workshop, I’d intended her to stay with my mom in Midwest, but in the…

Stereotype propagation in the NY Times

John Tierney had a piece in Tuesday’s New York Times on “A new frontier for Title IX: Science.” Anyone who’s read anything by Tierney before knows to expect anti-woman idiocy, but the Times dignified his piece by putting it not in the opinion section, but in the science section. And that poor editorial decision makes…

Scientiae, old and new

One of the risks of traveling (two more days left! ) is that you miss things like Scientiae. Podblack has posted the July Scientiae here on “a voice in the crowd” and Cherish has posted the call for posts for August’s Scientiae here on transitions. Go read Podblack’s post, and submit something fabulous for Cherish’s…

Thinking about teaching

This week I’m attending a workshop on pedagogy and I’m hearing lots of interesting ideas from people teaching really exciting and innovative courses. They are incorporating service learning, multi-week projects, location-centric courses, and intro courses for particular audiences (say, business majors). They are doing cool case studies, fun field activities, integrating current events, and designing…

The Exotic Midwest

While some dismiss the Midwest as “flyover states” and locals decry a brain drain that admittedly I am part of, non-human species seem to be arriving in the area in droves. Here’s a pictorial tour of some of the exotic species that have recently settled in the area. The yellow flower in the middle ground…

Being on vacation is busy work…

HI everyone, Sorry for the silence…I expected to be able to get at least one or two blog posts off in the past two weeks, but being away from home, with no childcare, and with the added demands of being a daughter and a sister, on top of the usual roles of mother, wife, scientist,…

Gruezi!

We’ve been in Davos, Switzerland for almost a week. I’ve been attending the Research in Engineering Education Symposium, and my husband has been hiking his little feet off. Before the conference, we had a gorgeous day of hiking, including past this meadow. The flowers are spectacular, as are the rest of the mountain views. At…

Gas prices keep going up, and don’t kid yourself that they’re going to go down again anytime soon either (enjoy those profits, ExxonMobil shareholders…). Some places in the US are looking down the road at $5/gallon, and of course Europeans have been paying vastly more than that for years. The news is rife with stories…