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So the readers have spoken: one more vote for hearing about my PI experience than the weird convo with the deans. However, I was working on the draft, and then some more work stuff got dumped on me, then SW had her popular deconstruction of one of Greg Laden’s posts and I didn’t want to…

Even though it’s spring break, I’m in my office today because I need access to some software and datasets that I don’t have at home, and because, frankly, I work more efficiently and with less guilt at school than at home. (Unless I’m blogging, that is!) I didn’t ask very many colleagues about their spring…

I’ve been to another workshop presented by the same group and I highly recommend them. Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows July 16-July 19, 2009 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Application DEADLINE is March 18, 2009 http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/careerprep09/index.html Preference will be given to those entering or…

Coming home and leaving again

So I got back Sunday night from a workshop at Arizona State University on Engineering and Science Ethics Education. The goal of the workshop was to explore the possibilities for blending microethics and macroethics in graduate engineering and science education; we spent 2 days talking about the history of such efforts, what micro and macro…

Negotiating tips

I recently had the privilege of attending a COACh workshop focused on developing the negotiating skills of women STEM faculty, and I highly recommend it and the other workshops they offer. Here are few nuggets I gleaned from the session. Here’s a sample dialog between a new faculty member and their chair: “Why do you…

What are you good at? (Part II)

Wow. You all rock. You are good at so many wonderful things – I am impressed. Yesterday’s question was prompted by the introductory activity at a COACh workshop that I had the privilege of attending. The workshop focused on developing the negotiating skills of women in STEM, and I highly recommend it and the other…

Creating a culture of collegiality

So here I am in sunny and unsustainable Tempe, enjoying the warm weather and empty morning (the workshop I’m here to attend doesn’t start until 1:30 local time). I spent this morning sleeping in (gasp!), chatting to my mom on iChat, calling a friend whose birthday it is (Hi, Sarah!), and — even more shockingly…

My office door

Sorry for my blog silence — I’ve been swamped in work, and then to top it off, I got sick yesterday and missed a day of work (!). I’m heading to Arizona State University today to go to a workshop on engineering ethics, and to visit my sister-in-law and her family, so the blogging silence…

What are you good at?

You are in a room with a bunch of other female faculty/post-docs/grad students from your university. You know a few of them, but most of them are unfamiliar to you. The convener of the meeting asks each of you to introduce yourself by answering the following question: “What is one aspect of your professional life…

Dr. Ashanti Pyrtle is an assistant professor in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. She’s a chemical oceanographer who studies the fate, transport and retention of radionuclides in aquatic ecosystems. Her PhD work investigated the marine distribution of radioisotopes from the Chernobyl accident, and she’s currently doing work in Puerto…