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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.

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…

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…

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…

Scientiae: What I did on my summer vacation

The Scientiae theme for September is “my summer vacation.” My first week of class started today, so perhaps this is a good way to remind myself of what I’ve done this summer.

Back home again

I’m back in the Midwest, and after a debilitating migraine yesterday, back in West Lafayette today. I’m digging out of my email and trying to catch up on student work and mail and the new and interesting weed-based disaster area that is my backyard, and rather wishing I was instead back here at The Orchard…

Gruezi!

We’ve been in Davos, Switzerland for almost a week. I’ve been attending the Research in Engineering Education Symposium, and my husband has been hiking his little feet off. Before the conference, we had a gorgeous day of hiking, including past this meadow. The flowers are spectacular, as are the rest of the mountain views. At…