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When I began to blog almost 5 years ago, I wanted to share stories of my graduate school experience with other women scientists in the hopes that we could form a virtual support network for each other. Back then it took me weeks to find even one other woman doing the same thing with a…

SciWo’s Storytime: Bear Scouts

Gosh it’s a difficult time of year, when the desire to frolic outdoors in the late fall/early winter chill is tempered by the mountains of papers to grade, endless meetings to be held, and the lurking danger of syllabi for next semester. It’s the time of year, when you have every intention of taking dog…

Inadwrimo is over, but the work never ends.

I did a not-so-stellar job of meeting my not-so-stellar goals for writing and research in November, but I did get some stuff done. Done! Accepted!!!!! Finish revisions on the paper-that-won’t-die (goal: November 13) Done! Internal release time application (due November 18) Read some, but not nearly enough. Read around proposed grad student topics enough to…

This week we are reading Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This video was produced with a dedication to Kate, who explained to me why kids like this book so much even before they understand everything that’s happening in it. She wisely told me that it’s because kids rarely…

I am not in charge of SciWo’s Storytime. Sure, it might look like I’m the one reading the books and operating the video camera, but Minnow exerts the ultimate executive authority as editor-in-chief. Some weeks no videos whatsoever are allowed to be made, some weeks she’s content to let me pick the book, and some…

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a talk by Gail Cassell, a member of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, and one of the authors of the NAS report Rising Above the Gathering Storm. Dr. Cassell is currently Vice President of Infectious Diseases for Eli Lilly. She was previously the chair of the Department…

I even stole the title from Lady Scientist, because I am just that original these days. I spent the week teaching, advising, mothering, and making some progress on my InaDWriMo goals for the month. As of last week the goals stood like this: Done! Finish revisions on the paper-that-won’t-die (goal: November 13) Done! Internal release…

SciWo’s Storytime: Knuffle Bunny!

Three weeks ago, I had no idea who Knuffle Bunny was. Then one of our loyal readers and DonorsChoose philanthropists, requested the Mo Willems’ book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” Minnow seemed enthusiastic about the pigeon book, but when I opened up its Amazon page, she got really excited about another book by…

From the mailbag: I have a Masters in Biology (from a 5 year BS/MS program) and for the past 4 years I’ve been working as a lab manager/technician. I have my own research project(s) in addition to keeping track of ordering/equipment maintenance/mouse breeding/etc. All-in-all it’s a sweet gig and I could see myself doing this…

What I’m working on

I’m not going to apologize about lack of posting over the last month or so, and I’m not going to make any promises for the future. That said, here’s what I’m up to for InaDWriMo this month. Here’s what I wrote at ring-leader Dr. Brazen-Hussy‘s kickoff post: Finish revisions on the paper-that-won’t-die (goal: November 6)…