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Good grad student advice from the Chronicle

A colleague of mine sent around this link to the Chronicle (behind firewall, boo!) for some advice on how to stay healthy, even perhaps happy, while working on your dissertation. See the ideas after the fold.

“Have you been following what’s happening in Australia?” That was the question I asked my morning class, even though it has nothing to do with the topic of the day’s session. I was very pleased to see most of the heads nod and the hands raise in answer to my question. My students knew that…

Left-winged lefties in power

Slightly less significant… Apparently both Diane Feinstein and Obama are left-handed. Let’s hear it for lefties! … forgetting that so were GHWBush and Ross Perot. Clinton (him, not her) is left-handed too.

Women in science in a new presidential era?

I spent my lunchtime today watching the inauguration of our new president. (W00T!) In between screen freezes and buffering, I noticed an article to the side of my video window in the NYT titled: “Female Scientists” and the lead line was “The inauguration brings some new home for lifting women in science.” Written by Science…

A friend of mine posted this article to his Facebook page, and I thought it well worth pointing your attention to it. Researchers at University of California, Berkley surveyed over 8,000 doctoral students from the UC System about their career, family and life plans. Unsurprisingly perhaps, they found that “major research universities may be losing…

Another good essay on PBS

Last night on the News Hour, essayist Nancy Gibbs read another good essay about the confluence of the holiday season with the current economic collapse. Read it here; listen to it here.

I am a total sucker for StoryCorps – I think it is a brilliant brilliant project, and wish I had brought my parents in to be interviewed when the recording trailer came to my hometown. I keep telling myself I’m going to record them – I’m planning another attempt when I go home for Christmas.…

Where are the new jobs for women?

Linda Hirshman has a good op-ed in today’s New York Times, arguing that the jobs Obama is proposing to make are in industries where men constitute the majority of workers. She writes: The bulk of the stimulus program will provide jobs for men, because building projects generate jobs in construction, where women make up only…

We remember the Montreal Massacre

I send this information around every year on December 6 because, while the Montreal Massacre is a big deal still in Canada, fewer people know about it in the States, and we should know about it. – On December 6, 1989, an armed gunman named Marc Lepine entered an engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in…

I still get a little chill down my spine when the news announcers say “President-elect Obama,” but already I am being reminded that we can’t just sit back and wait for him to save the world. We still need to do our part, and one of the things we need to do right now is…