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Joint Annual Meeting, Day 1

I’m liveblogging the Joint Annual Meeting of the HRD directorate programs, and although the internez is spotty, I will update as we can. We began the morning with a keynote by Dr. Wanda Ward, Assistant Director for the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at NSF. The first half of her talk was largely about…

Updates; and a new Scientiae

I’m sitting in a hotel room in D.C., at the first day of the 2009 Joint Annual Meeting, and I am hoping to liveblog tomorrow’s sessions, depending on whether the wifi is any good downstairs. In addition, I would like to note that I am a total hick, because I was just having some Thai…

My university has reported that we have just increased our math requirements for admissions into the university. I guess that Purdue’s requirements had been to require students have taken 3 years of math to be admitted, and now it will be 4 years starting in Fall 2011. The argument is that “[t]he vast majority –…

Was that the train? Was it? The Scientiae train? Oh damn, I was in the bathroom! A couple of posts were left off the train completely inadvertently, so please accept the conductors’ apologies, and enjoy a pretty open compartment on the bullet train to catch up to the main locomotive. Photo from Frogandviking on Flickr…

A tale of two day-long meetings

Purdue is now on summer time, which means it is a time for day-long retreats, meetings, and types of work. I’ve experienced two flavors of day-long meetings, and have one or two insights to share with you about each.

All Aboard for the June Scientiae!

All month the Scientiae train has been loading at platform 37.7*, and now we’re pulling out of the station on a wonderful journey on the rails. I’m picturing a Harry Potter-esque train running through the Scottish countryside, complete with cozy compartments and carts full of goodies, comforting tea, and chocolate frogs.** But most importantly, this…

Sheril, Isis, Alice,Zuska and many others have introduced you to the Silence Is the Enemy project, aimed at condemning and reducing sexual violence in places like Liberia, Congo, Darfur and other conflict ridden places in the world. In Liberia, for example, as many as 3/4 of the women have been raped, often repeatedly. And 28%…

Blogger meet-up at JAM?

I’m heading to Washington DC on Monday for NSF’s Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) with our team’s poster on our ADVANCE project, and I know Pat of FairerScience will be there, doing her thing about “Why Don’t They Listen?”. Any other folks out there planning to be at JAM? Perhaps we could have a meet-up? Let…

A friend of my dad, Paul Robinson, who is also a professor here at Purdue, has just reported that he has successfully climbed Mt Everest to raise awareness and funds for a cheap, low-tech diagnostic test he is developing to diagnose HIV/AIDS. Read his blog here, and about his preparation here. Even better — donate…

Cornelia Dean at the New York Times reports on a new report by National Research Council on the status of women faculty in STEM fields. I haven’t read it yet (just ordered a copy), but Dean reports one particular item of note, “The panel said one factor outshined all others in encouraging women to apply…