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Archives for February, 2009

Call for Manuscripts: Special issue of Engineering Studies: Journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies on “Engineering and Social Justice” Editors, Engineering Studies: Gary Downey (Virginia Tech, USA) and Juan Lucena (Colorado School of Mines, USA) Special Issue Editor: Jen Schneider (Colorado School of Mines, USA) This planned special issue of Engineering Studies invites…

An Open Letter to my Students

(to borrow a meme from La Isis) Dear Students, I understand that you took your exams on Monday and that our class meets next on Wednesday. I know that you are anxious to find out how you are doing in the class. Believe it or not, I am anxious to know how well I am…

Good grad student advice from the Chronicle

A colleague of mine sent around this link to the Chronicle (behind firewall, boo!) for some advice on how to stay healthy, even perhaps happy, while working on your dissertation. See the ideas after the fold.

The vexing case of the vanishing desk Two exams given today. Two sets of projects due today. Two lab assignments that need to be returned. The usual assorted clutter: tea mugs, telephone, overheads, pens, pencils, computer paraphernalia. Where, oh where, could my desk and work table be? The not-so-mysterious case of the nonexistent research time…

Thought for the evening

As I sit here, sending comments to a colleague on his slides, trying to figure out what we’re teaching for class on Wednesday, uploading TA slides to Blackboard (BBTBOME=BlackBoard, The Bane Of My Existence), with 16 flagged emails in my “highest priority” smart mailbox, 50 pages yet to read in reading the dissertation proposal I’m…

What is your definition of “climate”?

One of our research projects for ADVANCE involves doing a survey of people at Purdue asking them about their experience of Purdue’s “climate.” We’re working on developing the survey, but one of the things we’re finding interesting is that people’s definitions of climate vary significantly, and tend to involve using other metaphors to define climate,…

Alice’s aliases (aliai?)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Voila a Facebook crossover, inspired by a friend of mine who is on the faculty at Wake Forest University. See my responses below, and consider yourself tagged if you like:

A good friend and colleague of mine, Alisha Wallers recently sent me an email about a new company she has founded. She used to be a mainstay of the feminist engineering education group until she “retired” to spend more time focusing on the education of her kids. Since then, she started “Learning with Alisha!” which…

“Have you been following what’s happening in Australia?” That was the question I asked my morning class, even though it has nothing to do with the topic of the day’s session. I was very pleased to see most of the heads nod and the hands raise in answer to my question. My students knew that…

What stops innovation? This.

A good colleague of mine sent this video around a couple of days ago, with the disclaimer that sometimes he saw himself as the engineer, and sometimes (increasingly) like the “management dude,” a fact he found alarming. I for sure feel that one of the reasons that we see so little change in academia is…