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I’m preparing material for this week’s class on experimental design and data analysis, and I ran across this paragraph which I thought was very interesting: “The cost of analyzing collected sediment samples usually exceeds that of collecting them. However, the funds for the analysis are wasted if samples are collected at inappropriate locations or do…

A loyal reader of the blog sent me a copy of an article in the spring edition of the LTER Network News. In the article ( pdf here ), Laura Gough discusses how her research at the Toolik Lake field site in northern Alaska helped prepare her for the joys and challenges of parenting. Dr.…

Let me start by saying that I love my upper-level undergraduate students. They are engaged, enthusiastic, willing to try anything, hard-working, and asking great questions. I have near perfect attendance in my class, and when a student misses class, I usually hear a pretty legitimate excuse, often with documentation. Our students have complicated lives. But…

A semi-coherent point-by-point reply to the nearly incoherent, yet overwhelmingly disturbing, musings of Greg Laden on the subject of women scientists in the field. SIWOTI alert. If you don’t understand why many of us get so riled up by Greg Laden here’s a snippet that should help explain things: “That is, indeed, what every scholar…

For those of you who liked my footwear selection, you may be interested in knowing about Red Ants Pants. They claim to be “the first ever company dedicated to manufacturing workwear for women” and it is a small woman owned and operated business in Montana. The pants are not cheap, but they are durable and…

… because I wear better shoes.

Dr. Isis has issued quite the challenge with her prompt for the December Scientiae. I knew exactly how I wanted to respond. My science is hotter than Dr. Isis’s Naughty Monkeys, because I wear better shoes [when I do my science]. To demonstrate, I present a sampling of actual shoes I have worn while collecting…

Silver linings

Well, my data collecting trip could have gone better. Besides the 2″ of snow, and the fact one participant had to bow out (hopefully to be rescheduled soon), I discovered that one of my participants was not actually at the company I was visiting, but at a competitor’s company. In another state. Needless to say,…

A-collecting data we will go!

I’m back at the ranch of the Aged Parents, and preparing to COLLECT REAL DATA tomorrow. It may be that it is supposed to snow 1.5″ tomorrow and I have to drive 4 hours, it may be that one of my participants canceled on me at the last minute, but by tomorrow, I really really…

Bringing baby in the field, redux

Hat tip to a reader who pointed me at this recent Chronicle article by two women scientists who tell their stories of bringing their infants along to their field research sites. And pretty hardcore stuff too. Two months in the Yukon studying snow for an assistant professor (Joan Ramage Macdonald), and peat bog research by…

Earlier this week, I thought that it would be a great idea to nip over to a local field site and get some work done. Wednesday seemed like the perfect day. The mere fact that I am only now getting a chance to write this should indicate that ideas and reality don’t always mesh.