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A tale of two day-long meetings

Purdue is now on summer time, which means it is a time for day-long retreats, meetings, and types of work. I’ve experienced two flavors of day-long meetings, and have one or two insights to share with you about each.

Another PSA from the good folks at Rice University’s ADVANCE program. Please help them out if this applies to you. Dear Colleague: I’m writing to ask you if you would be willing to participate in a study that I am conducting at Rice University. It is important research and is attempting to understand the experiences…

The email below announces this year’s “Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position” workshop run by Rice University’s ADVANCE program. I’ve heard great things about this workshop and they’ve run it for several years. In fact, I applied two years running and didn’t get in, so it must be popular for a reason. Dear Colleague: A recent…

SciWo reports from grading jail

Alice is right, I have been locked in grading jail. For my amusement, and for the sake of posting something, here’s a look at how I’ve been doing my hard time: Number of intro-level papers graded: 72 Number of intro-level papers to go: 0 (WooHoo!) Number of multiple choice questions ready to go in Blackboard…

Things I’ve learned from my semester

My students tell me that there are only 20 days of class left this semester. I’ve been too busy to count. Unfortunately, it’s been too-busy-with-things-that-don’t-make-a-compelling-tenure-case. But, maybe, just maybe, I can salvage this mess of a semester by learning some lessons for how now to conduct future semesters. So in RBOC-fashion here’s what I’ve discovered.

This is not a belated April Fool’s joke, though I’ll admit to having sat on this since Wednesday so that my readers wouldn’t think I was making this up. Here is the correspondence I found in my email account on Wednesday morning: Hi! I’ve been reading your blog now for the past 18 months- and…

Hello, Madam President!

In early February, I received a letter from my university president. A hand-signed letter, addressed to me. In it, she reported how she had been reading this blog and my personal work website. (!) She was very complimentary of this blog, and SW and my contributions to engaging more women in STEM fields. I confess…

Mary Ann Mason has a column in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education describing the importance of role models and mentors for women graduate students. Though Zuska recently wrote a provocative post that argued that “the problem of motherhood” might be a red herring for those interested in increasing the representation of women in science,…

It’s Women’s History Month, and the Diversity in Science Carnival has asked us to profile women scientists. I spend a lot of time thing about the things that affect the lives of today’s young women scientists, but I also know that we are preceded by some incredibly strong and brave women who faced much tougher…

RBOC: Alice’s March Catch-up edition

Okay, so what on earth *have* I been up to, if not blogging? I’m catching you up (rather like the recitative bits in opera – dry, dull, but advancing the action, rather than arias which are beautiful but don’t get you anywhere much) with some RBOCs…