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Archives for September, 2008

The press release for our big grant came out today. I have so far been interviewed by the student paper, and the local NPR station, and I have already learned some things about what not to do in interviews with friendly reporters. Some tips are below that I’ll add to over the day, and please…

Race for the Cure

Very early one Saturday morning in October, Minnow and I will be congregating in the heart of Mystery City with thousands of other women and men, girls and boys. And many of us will be wearing pink. Then we’ll run or walk five kilometers in honor of the 1 in 8 women who will be…

Fall full o’ proposals

Alice is rolling in the dough (yay Alice!!!!), but ScienceWoman is flat broke, both personally and professionally. The personal is a story for another day, but now’s the time to talk about being professionally broke and the implications for my fall research output. Due to MU’s too restrictive policies, I don’t have any more start-up…

Vegetarian Hundred

I saw this meme over at at Jane’s, who saw it at Janet’s: The Vegetarian’s Hundred, a veggie response to the Omnivore’s Hundred meme. Here are Jane/Janet’s rules: If you want to play along, here’s how you do it: copy the list, including my instructions, and bold any items you have eaten and strike out…

10^6 comment party in Teh Illinoyse!

So I’m going to throw my hat in to the Millionth Comment Hoopla and join forces with geographically proximal scibling Steve Higgins of Of Two Minds for a combined Indiana/Illinois party to which you all are welcome! Steve is working on the details, but currently we’re looking at Sept 27, at the Blind Pig in…

Dear SW and Alice, I will soon defend my dissertation, and I don’t know whether it is customary or acceptable or expected to give an appreciation gift to one’s adviser. …I asked around with colleagues… and there seems to be no consensus – I got, “you could and it would be nice but I don’t…

The worst powerpoint I could manage

A few weeks ago I solicited suggestions for how NOT to give a talk, and I was overwhelmed and greatly amused by the volume and enthusiasm of responses. At about the same time, Dave Ng over at The World’s Fair was thinking along the same lines. He claims to have created the most evil powerpoint…

AFNFM: Beginning to write before I’m ready…

I’ve carried on with the activity of actively waiting in accordance with Boice’s Advice for New Faculty Members that I’m blogging about this semester. And I’m preparing for trying Chapter 10: Begin Writing Early. More below the fold…

I’ve got to get Minnow out of the city

My 19 month old Minnow is at the stage where she likes to name the things she sees. For some weeks now she’s been particularly into telling me about all the water she notices. “Wa-we!” says she in her sweet little voice. There’s wa-we in the bath, wa-we in the dog’s bowl, wa-we in the…

Let’s play “what if?”

I came home from a meeting yesterday afternoon which was supposed to be thinking about what our dean calls “blue ocean” ideas for improving the diversity of the population of students, staff and faculty in the College of Engineering. My group was supposed to be focusing on issues that impact women’s underrepresentation (or, as one…