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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…

Remember this summer when I was working on the course design for my new prep on Experimental Design and Data Analysis? We’re now a month into the class, and while it has had its rough moments, I think it will ultimately be quite useful to the students enrolled in it. I’m currently avoiding grading, so…

This job ad from Katherine Hayhoe, amazing climate scientist and one of my favorite Twitter people, is EXACTLY the sort of career opportunity that we need to see more of. The realities of our world are that many of us need or wish we had more flexible jobs – in terms of hours, location, and…

I’m digging out of a mound of to-dos, but wanted to make you aware of two opportunities to explore feminist pedagogies and research methods in engineering education at the 2009 FIE later this month. Note participation in the workshop requires advance registration. Please share this notice with other colleagues who might be interested, and feel…

SciWo’s Storytime: Ocean!

In support of our on-going DonorsChoose challenge, this month Minnow and I will be exploring science-related books for SciWo’s storytime. I have to admit, I’m enjoying the challenge of finding sciencey books appropriate for a 2.5 year old’s attention span. There seem to be a plethora of books for the 4-8 year old set, but…

It’s October, one the busiest months of the year. It’s the month with Earth Science Week, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month…but one of the happiest features of October is the annual DonorsChoose Social Media Challenge, when we bloggers and tweeters get to exhort our readers to support public school students throughout…

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…

SciWo’s Storytime: My Pop-Pop is a Pirate

Last Saturday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day and Minnow and I got into the spirit of the day by reading the only toddler-appropriate pirate book I know: My Pop-Pop is a Pirate by Pat Croce. (Even if you don’t watch the whole video, check out 1:15 to 2:00 minutes for adorable Minnow talking…

Foraging on campus

A few weeks ago, a post-doc and I were walking past the Physics building on campus when we saw some beautiful yellow fungi coming out of a tree. Little did I know that, later that week, I would actually *eat* those fungi. And I haven’t died yet.

Call for October Scientiae posts!

I’m late in tooting the horn for Mad Chemist Chick, the current host of Scientiae for the October posting. (OMG, how is it way into late September already? Yikes.) Her theme for this month: “The Road Not Taken.” She writes: Was there a point in your career or research where you were faced with two…