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My Zero Semester and its Ramifications

This being the last week of class, it seems appropriate to reflect a bit more on the semester just finishing. Bluntly, this has been an awful semester for me in terms of things that count toward reappointment, tenure, and (nonexistent) merit raises. If you don’t want to hear me whine a little about the suckitude…

ScienceWoman has shared some thoughts with us about how her spring semester has gone; I’m still in the throes and can’t reflect yet. Student end-of-semester projects, a journal paper to submit, a conference paper to submit, reviews for a conference to conduct, a dissertation to read to prepare for a defense, and two proposal defenses…

I’m a little more dead than last week

ScienceWoman has been a rockstar carrying the blogging load this week, and I’ll have to crave her (and your) indulgence a little bit longer. Apart from discovering that both my university president and my university provost read our blog (hi again!), I had a site visit on Friday, attended a poster session one evening, am…

Even though it’s spring break, I’m in my office today because I need access to some software and datasets that I don’t have at home, and because, frankly, I work more efficiently and with less guilt at school than at home. (Unless I’m blogging, that is!) I didn’t ask very many colleagues about their spring…

Are you ready for spring break?

Unbalanced Reaction ponders who really needs spring break more? Undergrads or faculty? Go cast your vote at UR’s blog. As for me, all I know is that I am ready for a break. Even if “break” translates into “a week of working on research and taxes without having to teach class.” Figure 1. A friend…

Thought for the evening

As I sit here, sending comments to a colleague on his slides, trying to figure out what we’re teaching for class on Wednesday, uploading TA slides to Blackboard (BBTBOME=BlackBoard, The Bane Of My Existence), with 16 flagged emails in my “highest priority” smart mailbox, 50 pages yet to read in reading the dissertation proposal I’m…

Another valiant attempt to combine motherhood, teaching prep, and watching the superbowl. Last year I made it to the third quarter before giving up (i.e., Minnow needed my attention for the rest of the evening). Let’s see if this year goes any better.

Time off between semesters? Hardly!

SW Notes: This post was begun a few weeks ago…you know, in the break between semesters. But I’ve been delayed and delayed in getting it done, and today is a day of metaphorical desk-clearing. So I’m just going to put it up now, half complete and let you all finish discussing it in the comments…

A friend of mine posted this article to his Facebook page, and I thought it well worth pointing your attention to it. Researchers at University of California, Berkley surveyed over 8,000 doctoral students from the UC System about their career, family and life plans. Unsurprisingly perhaps, they found that “major research universities may be losing…

2009 theme: Sustainability

Like many others in the blogosphere, I’ve adopted the profgrrrrl model of defining a theme for each year rather than a list of resolutions. In 2008, my theme was “Seeking Strategies for Survival, Sanity, and Success.” As I said a few weeks ago, the survival part was achieved, but beyond that, I’m not so sure.…