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After the weekend, I’ll be back with a follow up to the post on my progress towards tenure, and I’ll try to address some of the substantive and thought-provoking comments that you all have raised. But, here in the States, it’s already a holiday weekend, and so for today, I’ll punt and take on a…

In January 2008, a reader (Serious Scientist) sent me a query about dealing with inlaws who thought she should give up on her scientific career when her baby arrived. They wanted her to go to a baby shower across the country, without her husband, and she was dreading the trip and the questions and judgements…

Have you ever bought an album and discovered a song so dark, so sad that it makes you physically uncomfortable to listen to it? What do you do then? Can you stand to hear it or do you skip the track in favor of something a little lighter? For me, the songs that twist my…

Do you know a woman in science or engineering who has taken a career break from her academic position? The NSF-ADVANCE program at George Washington University is doing a study of women in career breaks, whether voluntary or not, to understand the pipeline of women professors in science and engineering we are conducting a NSF-sponsored…

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.

Sheril, Isis, Alice,Zuska and many others have introduced you to the Silence Is the Enemy project, aimed at condemning and reducing sexual violence in places like Liberia, Congo, Darfur and other conflict ridden places in the world. In Liberia, for example, as many as 3/4 of the women have been raped, often repeatedly. And 28%…

Cornelia Dean at the New York Times reports on a new report by National Research Council on the status of women faculty in STEM fields. I haven’t read it yet (just ordered a copy), but Dean reports one particular item of note, “The panel said one factor outshined all others in encouraging women to apply…

For the past few years, I have been horrified by Nicholas Kristof’s posts about violence against children in various crisis zones around the globe – and I have been captivated by his stories of choosing to engage as a human being with such distress and pain rather than a so-called “impartial” or “objective” journalist. In…

A while back I sent the following letter to my dear friend Dr. Isis at On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess, because we all know who wears the hot shoes around ScienceBlogs. Dearest Isis, Though we may not always see eye to eye on the practicality of footwear, I adore your sense of style.…

I want to be this kind of engineer

I feel hung down, brung down, hung up, and all kinds o’ mean nasty ugly things, and the last thing I’ve been feeling like doing is spending more time on my computer, let alone blogging. But this video, produced for SMU’s engineering program tweeted by the NAE and listed on the iFoundry blog is way…