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How I spent my afternoon

Our department turned 5 today. We celebrated it in song. Humorous verse, of course. This photo was taken by a graduate student in our department. Some of my photos below the fold.

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…

A saga of two prelims

For this month’s Scientiae, Candid Engineer has asked for stories about overcoming challenges. ScienceWoman has already contributed an awesome story to the Diversity in Science carnival, but I think it does for Scientiae, too. What about my own story?

Happiness is… (3)

Happiness is boots that makes one feel strengthened and tough when one wears them. Even better is wearing boots called “engineer boots” when one is an engineer. And perhaps even better again is that one buys such boots from here but significantly on sale, and for one’s birthday, no less. A photo taken for Isis,…

Happiness is… (2)

Happiness is time to plant bulbs, even if you plant them indoors, and even if they were already sprouting in their paper bags in the fridge…

Happiness is…. (1)

Happiness is vegetable seeds arriving, and 70 degree days that remind you you can plant soon. Click to embiggen. Even better is when those seeds are given to you by a farmer friend, so you have way cooler varieties than you would when you just bought them through the seed catalogue. Now, when is that…

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…

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…

I aent’ dead

Just super busy in the 3D world, as Janet calls it. Burning the candle at both ends. But I have a little time carved out tomorrow morning and I hope to get a blog post written then. And next week is spring break for us, so I hope to have more time then. In the…

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…