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My year of travel

Okay. It’s been another month since I blogged. But since I last wrote, my dad wrote the family holiday letter and asked me how many places I’ve traveled to. Here’s the list. January To Detroit to look at the SWE Archives To RTP for ScienceOnline2009 February To Arizona, invited to a workshop on engineering and…

What I’m working on

I’m not going to apologize about lack of posting over the last month or so, and I’m not going to make any promises for the future. That said, here’s what I’m up to for InaDWriMo this month. Here’s what I wrote at ring-leader Dr. Brazen-Hussy‘s kickoff post: Finish revisions on the paper-that-won’t-die (goal: November 6)…

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…

Reviews and the junior faculty member

In 2009, I’ve done ~9 reviews of journal articles, including two in the past week, and not counting the 1-2 more looming in the next two weeks. During the same period, I’ve submitted one 1st author manuscript, still in review, but probably only going cost 3 reviewers some time. Anyone see a mass balance problem…

This afternoon, as I was busy working with graduate students and my daughter was napping at daycare, an email from AGU reminded me to renew my membership for next year. AGU is one of my two main societies and early renewal gives you a discount on electronic access to their articles, so I dutifully headed…

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…

Sunday meeting with myself

As usual, I find myself at the beginning of a semester trying to figure out how to balance my life a bit more better, and perhaps contradictorily, how I can structure my days better to be able to find time to recharge.

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.…

Amazing momma-scientist Janus Prof asked me to ask y’all how many hours you really work. Janus Prof is just completing her first year on the tenure-track at a prestigious university, and in the course of that year, she also gave birth to her first child and was diagnosed with an uncurable, chronic illness that limits…

What keeps me moving forward?

Despite being the one to pick the topic for the upcoming Scientiae, I have struggled and struggled to come up with anything to post for this month’s Carnival. As Alice alluded to earlier, I’m having a particularly tough month, feeling like I am treading water most of the time, and not making any headway against…