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Sadness, Peace and Joy

When I began to blog almost 5 years ago, I wanted to share stories of my graduate school experience with other women scientists in the hopes that we could form a virtual support network for each other. Back then it took me weeks to find even one other woman doing the same thing with a…

Inadwrimo is over, but the work never ends.

I did a not-so-stellar job of meeting my not-so-stellar goals for writing and research in November, but I did get some stuff done. Done! Accepted!!!!! Finish revisions on the paper-that-won’t-die (goal: November 13) Done! Internal release time application (due November 18) Read some, but not nearly enough. Read around proposed grad student topics enough to…

This week we are reading Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This video was produced with a dedication to Kate, who explained to me why kids like this book so much even before they understand everything that’s happening in it. She wisely told me that it’s because kids rarely…

What would you do?

A few days ago I arrived at my office in the morning and was greeted with an unpleasant surprise…someone had scratched a cross into the bulletin board just outside my office door. (Apologies for the terrible cell-phone picture.) While I’m able to cover the image with a strategically placed advising schedule, I’m haunted by a…

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…

Don’t adjust that dial. Starting ~ now, ScienceWoman is officially renaming herself SciWo. I’ve been trying out the name for some time, but have finally decided to make it official and change the way my posts are labeled, my comments signed, and my tweets delivered. Partly, this is an effort to combat Alice’s invisibility that…

Settling into the semester a few weeks late

Those following along on Twitter know that late August became my #weeksofdoom in which I triumphed over three major deadlines on top of the beginning of classes and starting Minnow in a new school. (Hence, the unexpectedly long bloggy absence). Now that the weeks of doom* are over, I’m finally trying to settle into a…

Dear asshat, When you are only carrying a small garment bag and attache case, and you encounter a mother struggling into the airport parking deck elevator with a toddler in hand, giant carseat over one shoulder, suitcase rolling behind and attache case over the other shoulder, the correct thing to do is NOT to say:…

Unhurried summer mornings

Abel, host of the next edition of Scientiae, has asked us how we balance our summer “musts” and “needs” (work and play). I think I’ve come up with a personally satisfactory answer to that question: lazy summer mornings. During the academic year, mornings are a blur of getting everyone breakfast, dressed, and out the door.…

I need some new teaching shoes for fall semester. My trustworthy, if utilitarian, Keens always look incongruous with the feminine tailoring I prefer for my teaching/meeting outfits. Plus, my black Keens are a bit too big for my feet, since they were purchased late in pregnancy. So I’ve been looking for some new shoes –…