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Archives for December, 2008

This semester, I co-taught a course on the history and philosophy of engineering education for graduate students. One of the students’ final projects was to create an alternative vision of engineering education, in contrast with this video uploaded a short while ago about our department of engineering education: I confess this video really really bothers…

Bittersweet

The last few weeks have been completely chaotic, over-crowded, and exhausting. On top of the end-of-term crunch, with its usual flurry of grading, review sessions, and exams, I was also trying to finish revisions on a paper, and get some research done in time to make the poster for AGU. The unintended, but entirely predictable…

ScienceOnline09: Blogging allies

Both ScienceWoman and I are attending ScienceOnline09 in January; ScienceWoman has already gotten your feedback about her session she’s co-chairing with KH, so it is high time for me to ask your thoughts about the session I’m co-chairing with Abel Pharmboy and Zuska. Our session is titled “Gender in science” but we’re really interested in…

Transitions: blogging while on the job market

While many of you are thinking about issues related to blogging and interviewing, let’s take this opportunity to have a more constructive conversation on benefits and pitfalls of blogging while on the job market. Warning: I want the discussion in this thread to be focused on a wide range of experiences, questions, and generalities, and…

I am a total sucker for StoryCorps – I think it is a brilliant brilliant project, and wish I had brought my parents in to be interviewed when the recording trailer came to my hometown. I keep telling myself I’m going to record them – I’m planning another attempt when I go home for Christmas.…

Wordle your dissertation

One of my graduate students reminded my co-instructors and me of a fun internet tool called Wordle which takes text you give it, and makes a graphical representation of the text based on the number of times certain words appear. We used this idea to summarize the course we’ve just finished on the history and…

Remember the post on “Negotiating Beer with the Guys on a Job Interview“? from back in August. We had a lively discussion in the comment thread on the way a teetotaler interviewee could handle an interview schedule that included “throwing a few back” in a tailgate reception. Today, a new comment popped up in the…

Best science blogging of 2008

Bora has posted a list here of all the nominated posts to his Open Lab Anthology. While we don’t yet know who will “make it” into the top 50, I was pleased to see some posts from Sciencewomen were nominated. Thanks to the nominator(s)! and go check out all the other great posts people put…

Where are the new jobs for women?

Linda Hirshman has a good op-ed in today’s New York Times, arguing that the jobs Obama is proposing to make are in industries where men constitute the majority of workers. She writes: The bulk of the stimulus program will provide jobs for men, because building projects generate jobs in construction, where women make up only…

Scavenger Hunt

One of the perks of blogging at ScienceBlogs is that our overlords send us free copies of Seed magazine. In fact, Seed loves me so much that they send me two free copies of every issue, even though I’ve asked them to stop. This is an especially interesting issue, with profiles of global science funding…