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How I spent my afternoon

Our department turned 5 today. We celebrated it in song. Humorous verse, of course. This photo was taken by a graduate student in our department. Some of my photos below the fold.

Things I’ve learned from my semester

My students tell me that there are only 20 days of class left this semester. I’ve been too busy to count. Unfortunately, it’s been too-busy-with-things-that-don’t-make-a-compelling-tenure-case. But, maybe, just maybe, I can salvage this mess of a semester by learning some lessons for how now to conduct future semesters. So in RBOC-fashion here’s what I’ve discovered.

ScienceGrandma has left the building

After staying with us for about a month, ScienceGrandma is now on the plane flight back to her home. Last night was our first night without her. Below the fold, a few reflections on living with three generations under one roof.

I like many, many things about my department. But I am a little frustrated about the lack of formal-ish mentoring present. It’s a little awkward — we had a couple of regular opportunities, like monthly lunches with the department head, or the senior faculty chatting with the junior faculty at a breakfast every so often,…

So every university has some kind of publication it uses to connect with alumni to say, “Look at all this cool stuff we’re doing, don’t you want to give us money in memory of the cool stuff we did when you were here?” My alma mater keeps sending me such publications; I’m starting to find…

This is not a belated April Fool’s joke, though I’ll admit to having sat on this since Wednesday so that my readers wouldn’t think I was making this up. Here is the correspondence I found in my email account on Wednesday morning: Hi! I’ve been reading your blog now for the past 18 months- and…

April Scientiae is up! W00T!

The lovely Candid Engineer has posted a marvelous carnival titled “We Rise Up”! about overcoming challenges for your April reading pleasure. W00T! And someone needs to get organized and follow up on whoever said they might be interested in hosting May… let me know if you would be willing to serve as backup and I…

Book giveaway: Hollywood Science

Today’s free book is “Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World” by Sydney Perkowitz. (If you click over the Amazon page linked above, you’ll see a review by scibling Brian Switek of Laelaps.) Remember: To claim the book, be the first commenter to earnestly affirm that you will read and review the…

Update April 7: GrrlScientist has decided to change the name to “Scientia Pro Publica,” science for the people. Thanks to folks who shared ideas with her!! ———————- GrrlScientist has decided to revive the Tangled Bank carnival under a new name: Scientia. While a very apt name indeed, commenters (not me) have pointed out the similarity…

Book giveaway: Einstein for Beginners

Today’s free book is “Einstein for Beginners” a comic style introduction to Einstein’s life and work by Joseph Schwartz and Michael McGuiness To claim the book, be the first commenter to assiduously affirm that you will read and review the book in less than 6 months and then send me your snail mail address to…