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Archives for December, 2008

I’m finding the thing I need the most is a break from my computer. A break from emails saying I should do things, a break from my overflowing calendar, a break from long-overdue papers. So I’m doing other things instead. Like reading. And cleaning up the house. And putting away Christmas gifts and spoils from…

Jane Lubchenco to head NOAA

This news is a bit old, but I’m still excited about, so I thought I’d share with others who may not have heard. Jane Lubchenco, an honest-to-goodness-working-mommy-scientist, is going to be the nominee for the next head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is the uber-agency for the National Weather Service and…

Another vision

I have a dream that one day, academics–both men and women–will be able to take time to go the mountain top–or just the hill in the local park, or even a slope on campus–and cherish watching their toddlers roll down, confident that their careers aren’t rolling downhill with them. I have a dream that academics…

My revolution looks like this…

There’s quite the discussion going on over at Dr. Isis’s house about different approaches to feminism and how the actions and choices of mothers and others do or do not conform to particular feminist philosophies. I made a comment early this morning that perhaps wasn’t clear enough about where I thought the current US societal…

PhDs, publications and pipelines

Three papers, an introductory chapter and some broad conclusions. Those are the ingredients of a Ph.D. dissertation in it’s simplest form. That recipe doesn’t tell you anything about all the blood, sweat, tears, and sleepless nights that go into those papers. It doesn’t mention how your personal and professional identity gets inextricably tied up with…

Another good essay on PBS

Last night on the News Hour, essayist Nancy Gibbs read another good essay about the confluence of the holiday season with the current economic collapse. Read it here; listen to it here.

It’s December 23rd, grades are in, my daughter is in daycare, Christmas shopping still needs to be done, and I’m working on a review for a journal. What’s wrong with me? Shouldn’t I be enjoying the break between semesters? Why do I feel like the “break” is really code for “time to get caught up…

Watching the development of my inner grinch

I’m sitting at my desk at home, feeling the cold air blowing through the window, and watching the birds eat at the bird-feeder. I submitted the last of our grades yesterday, including one for a student who hasn’t attended class since October and who I am worried about. I am now dreading the release of…

The rest of the stories

It’s the end of the year, and I’m feeling a bit reflective. (I’m also avoiding a daunting between-semesters to-do list. When will I manage to take a break?) In a recent comment thread, Female Engineering Professor commented: I often find myself wondering about various random threads on these blogs. Just the other day I was…

Thoughts on my AGU experience

Don’t tell my university administrators, but sharing my latest science results is only a tiny fraction of the reason to go to a conference like AGU. Even hearing the latest and greatest science is not the entire reason. This is a lesson that is taking me a long time to learn. I get giddy with…