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So they say tomorrow is Labor Day

From Wikipedia: Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create “a day off for the working citizens”. Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894.[1] All fifty states have made…

This post is for Scientiae‘s call to share what we did on our summer vacation. I’ve been fairly silent about my personal life the last few months, But I was hugely encouraged by all the wonderful comments that so many of you made in the getting to know you post a few weeks back, when…

I just gotta say…

… now that I live on the western edge of a time zone, I regularly have to get up before the sun rises. These days that are approaching the equinox, when the sine function of daylight hours has a steep slope, the time of sunrise seems to really change a lot from day to day.…

Not so much, actually.

I’m part of a team submitting a proposal to NASA, and as such, I had to register in the NASA proposal tracking system, creatively named NSPIRES. But I was a little less than inspired when I got to the first step of the registration process. The screen shot and my analysis are below the fold.

I’ve taken some of the last week to try to practice what Boice calls “actively waiting” in preparation for writing on a project I’ve been avoiding. See the project plan here and a discussion about “actively waiting” here. Some of my thoughts on this exercise from the last week are below the fold.

Following up on Alice’s excellent discussion-starter post on “negotiating the illegal questions on an academic job interview,” I’d like to offer a few thoughts from the departmental side of the equation. Anyone with more or different experiences should also chime in below.

Scientiae: What I did on my summer vacation

The Scientiae theme for September is “my summer vacation.” My first week of class started today, so perhaps this is a good way to remind myself of what I’ve done this summer.

So, have you been asked whether you are married or have kids on an academic job interview? Many of us have, even though the people interviewing you are not supposed to ask. What strategies have you used (or would have liked to use ) to deal with these awkward questions? Do you wear your wedding…

I got an email from a reader a few days ago posing a doozy of a problem: she’s heading to an interview this week at an institution, and part of her interview involves having “beer with the guys”. With her permission, I share with you an edited version of her email:

A job that makes a difference

Over at FairerScience they are looking for a Clinical/Social Science Research Associate to work on a project about “Career Decision-Making of Future Minority Biomedical Science Faculty.” Here’s an excerpt of the job description: This new position is responsible for the coordination and management of a national, interview-based research study of the career decision-making processes of…