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Archives for July, 2009

Now that things at ScienceBlogs have returned to normal, and I’ve drawn down my stash of reader emails, it’s time to get back to work on my series on course design. For those who haven’t been playing along (1.1, 1.2) I’m prepping a new graduate level course on experimental design and data analysis (EDDA) that…

Another letter from my inbox: Dear Sciencewoman, I am a mom of 3 just starting my own lab. I have been thinking hard about how to recruit good postdoc talent despite the fact that I have no track record as an independent investigator. And then I remembered an article about an organization to help mentors…

I cannot even believe this happened. Henry Louis Gates – Harvard professor, scholar extraordinaire (pdf), race theorist, PBS series host on African American Lives, most famous contemporary American black academic before Obama (maybe) – was arrested on July 16 for breaking and entering. INTO HIS OWN HOUSE. BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS. Read the story here.…

Amazing momma-scientist Janus Prof asked me to ask y’all how many hours you really work. Janus Prof is just completing her first year on the tenure-track at a prestigious university, and in the course of that year, she also gave birth to her first child and was diagnosed with an uncurable, chronic illness that limits…

Time to move hairy Ethan off the top of the page. Fortunately, there’s a couple of great questions from readers qued up in my email account. And maybe by the time they get posted, I’ll be ready to get back to my course design series. First up, loyal commenter GymLabRab wonders how to mentor a…

Have you seen Ethan Siegel? He’s the blogger behind Starts with a Bang. The guy has got a lot of hair! And he’s offering to shave his head if 100 unique commenters each give at least $10 dollars or 4 hours of their time to the charity of their choice. What a great way to…

Hooray, the first male host of Scientiae! Abel Pharmboy is hosting the August Scientiae, and posts the following on his blog: Summer days, driftin’ away. . . Consider how you balance the demands and pleasures of this season. Have you found ways to make progress on your must-dos while also taking time for your family,…

Don’t worry I’ll be back to the course design series soon, but I spent yesterday focused on other things (paper revisions, grant proposals) and I haven’t completed the necessary work to get the next post up. And it’s Friday, so let’s divert to lighter equally serious but different topics. As the mother of a toddler…

As introduced yesterday, I’m blogging my way through the SERC tutorial on course design, for a new graduate-only course on experimental design and data analysis. Yesterday, I explained the context and constraints on the course, and today I’m mulling on the course goals. I’m supposed to identify 1-3 over-arching goals for the course and 1-2…

After articulating that my most dire need is to get funded, it may seem disjointed to embark on a series of blog posts about teaching, but there you have it, the life of a professor at a place that requires both research and teaching. I still contend that I will get fired from my job…