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Archives for July, 2009

Unhurried summer mornings

Abel, host of the next edition of Scientiae, has asked us how we balance our summer “musts” and “needs” (work and play). I think I’ve come up with a personally satisfactory answer to that question: lazy summer mornings. During the academic year, mornings are a blur of getting everyone breakfast, dressed, and out the door.…

I need some new teaching shoes for fall semester. My trustworthy, if utilitarian, Keens always look incongruous with the feminine tailoring I prefer for my teaching/meeting outfits. Plus, my black Keens are a bit too big for my feet, since they were purchased late in pregnancy. So I’ve been looking for some new shoes –…

Is a mother in labor a child abuser?

If she lives in New Jersey, she might be. Because apparently, refusing a C-section (and then successfully vaginally delivering a healthy baby) and acting “combative” “erratic” and “noncompliant” during labor is considered child abuse and neglect and is grounds for the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (NJ DYFS) to immediately take away…

Isis does SciWo’s summer wardrobe

Two months ago, at the beginning of the summer, I asked Dr. Isis, the goddess of all things domestic and laboratory, for some fashion advice. My problem was one of hot outside-cold inside – which is pretty unappealing when referring to undercooked microwaved food – but also pretty obnoxious when you are talking about frigid…

oshimuwriwe

Plagiarizing from Profgrrrrl, the translation would be “Oh Shit, I must write! week.” In a week and a half, I’m going out of town for a week and a half. In between now and when I get back, there are a number of important things with external deadlines that must be met. Write and submit…

A well-spent weekend

Sprinklers. Wading pools. Picnics. Dogs. Playing with Minnow. Hanging out with good friends. The hallmarks of well-spent summer weekends. Just don’t forget the cucumbers… One day’s worth of cucumbers, after a few days of rain. This picture was from a few weeks back, and fortunately the cucumber flux has eased somewhat, but it’s still difficult…

Alice is heading offline

Folks, I know my blogging has been near non-existent recently. I’ve just come back from yet another workshop (this time on engineering and identity – v. cool) and tomorrow we head out on vacation. We’re camping across the country, then spending some time with my folks in Canada, then camping back. I suspect the intertubes…

The Moon Opera (A book review)

This slim novel by author Bi Feiyu takes the reader inside the world of the Peking Opera, after the Cultural Revolution and at the dawn of capitalism in China. Xiao Yanqui rashly lost her place in the opera company just when her star was rising, but now, 20 years later, she’s been given a chance…

To recap, I’m prepping a new graduate level course on experimental design and data analysis (EDDA) that will serve MS and PhD students from geosciences and civil and environmental engineering. I’ve been working through the SERC course design tutorial, and so far I’ve figured out context and constraints, over-arching goals, and ancillary skills goals. It’s…

Can you spare 50 minutes to help out a graduate student desperate for research participants? If so, please read below: Dear all, Within the context of my PhD project at Philips Research and Eindhoven University of Technology, I am developing a questionnaire that will help me to look at the relation between multimedia and feelings…