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Teaching your students about hygiene

I don’t know about you, but here at Purdue, the administration is doing everything it can to freak us all out about the prospect of a flu pandemic. We’re getting emails about how we need to figure out ways to cover class material if the university closes, we need ways to contact our students with…

A belated happy 4th of July!

Should have posted this yesterday; my excuse is that I’m still on Dutch time. Hope you had a restful 4th with you and yours. It rained all day here, but stopped in time for the fireworks. Of course, my husband and I were watching Casino Royale on TV instead of watching them… does that make…

Moving on to Delft

… where the wireless is cheaper than in Amsterdam. W00T! Conference starts tomorrow (really more like a workshop, I think). And I just wanted to share a photo of this cool tile I just bought. It’s from the 1940s, and is of a canal and the Oude Kerk (Old Church, that’s the one from the…

In the interim…

I’m cleaning house, and trying to write half an exam, and making a dessert to take to a friend’s house tonight, and trying to reset myself. So, while I am not blogging, here is a distracting video to amuse you. Carry on. Hat tip to one of my husband’s former students, who posted it on…

Confession: country music is motivating me

Okay, I need to confess. I usually peg myself as an indie/alternative/progressive/folkie music person. But I am really finding myself working well when I start playing the following playlist (care of the new Genius playlist on iTunes):

So they say tomorrow is Labor Day

From Wikipedia: Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create “a day off for the working citizens”. Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894.[1] All fifty states have made…

ISEF 2008: Why we judge

What would possess someone to take two days off of work, drive or fly to the competition city, read thirty or more posters, interview fourteen science students, and then lock themselves in a room until the winners are determined, all for no pay other than food? As the judging day winds down (I’m writing this…

January’s goals

Having declared that the theme for the year is “seeking strategies for survival, sanity, and success,” it seems fitting that its taken me until the 11th to come up with goals for the month. I’ve been too busy surviving. But I do better when I explicitly lay out goals for a month or so at…

Happy Holidays!

Brilliance as seen at Clastic Detritus… Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and everything else…

I’d rather be…

doing just about anything than writing multiple choice questions and grading a last set of assignments. Especially, because there’s been a number of intriguing articles that have come across my virtual desk in the past week or so, and I’d really like to blog about some of them. So I just will. But which one…