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Hanging up my blogging shoes

You might have guessed this was coming. My blogging frequency has dropped off dramatically this year, particularly this semester. I keep writing “yep, I haven’t died yet – I’ll tell you all about what I’m doing sometime, really” posts, and not ever following up. Other signs have included….

Two books and a blog for your future perusal

One of my colleagues Amy Slaton (a historian of engineering and engineering education at Drexel) has started a new blog in conjunction with the completion of her new book, Race, Rigor and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line. Her work is brilliant — thoughtful, grounded, clear, and with an appalling…

My year of travel

Okay. It’s been another month since I blogged. But since I last wrote, my dad wrote the family holiday letter and asked me how many places I’ve traveled to. Here’s the list. January To Detroit to look at the SWE Archives To RTP for ScienceOnline2009 February To Arizona, invited to a workshop on engineering and…

On December 6, 1989, an armed gunman named Marc Lepine entered an engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. He demanded all 48 men in the class leave the room, lined up all 9 women against a wall, and, shouting “You are all a bunch of [expletive] feminists!”, proceeded to shoot them. He went…

Blogger guilt

Folks, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s like I don’t even remember how to blog anymore. I think I’ve posted 2 real posts in 2 months. I have ideas stacked up in my head for posts – a post from FIE 2009, a post from SWE including the cool “Father Knows Best” episode…

Folks, we are heading into the home stretch for Donors Choose, and you’ve helped 1084 kids get access to books they wouldn’t have had without your help. That’s great. But we can do better. So…. 24 Sciencewomen blog readers have already donated $1517 to needy projects, and if you can help us make it a…

I had a realization over the weekend, as I contemplated the enormity of the amount of work I had to do, and the scant allowance of time in which to do it. I have suddenly realized why (at least junior) faculty can be so horrible to their graduate students and post-doctoral staff. It comes down…

Guilt versus intentionality

Hi, I’m Alice. It’s been 11 days since I last blogged. Things have been busy over the last couple of weeks – even more than usual. I started listing out the stuff I’ve been doing, but rather than making me feel like I had gotten a lot done, it was just making me tired, so…

I’m digging out of a mound of to-dos, but wanted to make you aware of two opportunities to explore feminist pedagogies and research methods in engineering education at the 2009 FIE later this month. Note participation in the workshop requires advance registration. Please share this notice with other colleagues who might be interested, and feel…

Foraging on campus

A few weeks ago, a post-doc and I were walking past the Physics building on campus when we saw some beautiful yellow fungi coming out of a tree. Little did I know that, later that week, I would actually *eat* those fungi. And I haven’t died yet.