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SciWo’s Storytime: Move Over Rover

Welcome to the second installment of SciWo’s Storytime, a low-production cost substitute for the recently canceled children’s television classic, Reading Rainbow. This week, Minnow and I have been enjoying the book “Move Over Rover” by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Jane Dyer. I apologize for the poor video quality. I think daytime shoots are going…

While I’m loving @nparmalee, I thought I’d repost a short series of tweets where she asks a really good question, and one that I don’t have an answer to. There’s a lot of talk re: women in science and accepting alternate timelines, & I think this is great. I am very anachronistic. That reqs explanation…

Some days the intertubes are not good for my blood pressure. Today was one of those days. It started when my email contained a plea from the National Women’s Law Center sent me an email with the title “Breaking News: Abortion at Risk in Health Care Reform” “As you are reading this, there’s language on…

Introducing Maggie

We found a new friend at the dog shelter this weekend. I have been “between dogs” since my family’s beloved Psyche (our beagle who was attacked by the cougar) died of lymphoma in 2004. Here’s Psyche on Christmas 2003 (and me with really really long hair): My husband has never had any pets, and I’ve…

Yesterday I wrote a post where I laid out reasons why I am opposed to night school courses in my graduate program. As I said yesterday, “I am against accommodating our full-time worker, part-time graduate student students by moving a significant number of our classes to evening hours.” That post sparked a number of wonderful…

It is that season again, where NSF-CAREER awards are being announced left right and center. In my world, there are three in particular to celebrate: Dr. Julie Trenor, assistant professor in the Department of Science and Engineering Education at Clemson University, whose grant is titled “Influence of Social Capital on Under-Represented Engineering Students’ Academic and…

In which SciWo risks coming off as callous…

It has recently been brought to my attention that a subset of my department’s graduate student population is unhappy with our course scheduling. Some of our part-time graduate students feel that we are not doing a sufficient job of offering evening courses to meet the needs of people who work full-time during the day and…

A couple of weeks ago, I “attended” a webinar hosted by WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) on their recently unveiled Knowledge Center. I had never participated in a webinar — I called up a conference call phone number, and logged into a website, and saw what the presenters had on their computers. Different presenters…

SciWo’s Storytime: A Mother for Choco

Did you know that after a 26 year run, Reading Rainbow is no longer producing episodes? “Butterfly in the sky, I can fly twice as high. Take a look, it’s in a book, a reading rainbow” is no longer enchanting thousands of young children. The series, in case you never watched it, featured the reading…

Settling into the semester a few weeks late

Those following along on Twitter know that late August became my #weeksofdoom in which I triumphed over three major deadlines on top of the beginning of classes and starting Minnow in a new school. (Hence, the unexpectedly long bloggy absence). Now that the weeks of doom* are over, I’m finally trying to settle into a…