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Is a mother in labor a child abuser?

If she lives in New Jersey, she might be. Because apparently, refusing a C-section (and then successfully vaginally delivering a healthy baby) and acting “combative” “erratic” and “noncompliant” during labor is considered child abuse and neglect and is grounds for the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (NJ DYFS) to immediately take away…

Isis does SciWo’s summer wardrobe

Two months ago, at the beginning of the summer, I asked Dr. Isis, the goddess of all things domestic and laboratory, for some fashion advice. My problem was one of hot outside-cold inside – which is pretty unappealing when referring to undercooked microwaved food – but also pretty obnoxious when you are talking about frigid…

oshimuwriwe

Plagiarizing from Profgrrrrl, the translation would be “Oh Shit, I must write! week.” In a week and a half, I’m going out of town for a week and a half. In between now and when I get back, there are a number of important things with external deadlines that must be met. Write and submit…

A well-spent weekend

Sprinklers. Wading pools. Picnics. Dogs. Playing with Minnow. Hanging out with good friends. The hallmarks of well-spent summer weekends. Just don’t forget the cucumbers… One day’s worth of cucumbers, after a few days of rain. This picture was from a few weeks back, and fortunately the cucumber flux has eased somewhat, but it’s still difficult…

Have you seen Ethan Siegel? He’s the blogger behind Starts with a Bang. The guy has got a lot of hair! And he’s offering to shave his head if 100 unique commenters each give at least $10 dollars or 4 hours of their time to the charity of their choice. What a great way to…

Don’t worry I’ll be back to the course design series soon, but I spent yesterday focused on other things (paper revisions, grant proposals) and I haven’t completed the necessary work to get the next post up. And it’s Friday, so let’s divert to lighter equally serious but different topics. As the mother of a toddler…

A few weeks ago, I blogged a self-assessment of my progress towards tenure. It seemed like an apt time to reflect in the hours before my annual review meeting with the department chair(s) and in the months before my packet for reappointment is submitted. Reappointment is the first and only gatekeeping between me and submitting…

Dear student who left a 3 oz. blob of ketchup right where people step out of the stairway and into the hallway, The dozens of people who will have to sidestep your mess this afternoon do not appreciate you and your laziness. There are bathrooms with paper towels 15 m away from the spot where…

Here at Mystery U, we are evaluated on a calendar year basis, so in early January I turned in an up-to-date CV to our departmental review committee. Then I waited, and waited, and waited some more. Finally, a few weeks ago, I got a chance to see what the review committee thought of me, and…

For Posterity

(to the tune of “Hush, little baby”) Speak little child, and make lots of sounds And keep growing in leaps and bounds We’ll be busy as bumblebees We’ll catch the waves that crash on the seas We’ll go for strolls and walks in the park We’ll draw lots of sidewalk art We’ll run through sprinklers…