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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)…

What would you do?

A few days ago I arrived at my office in the morning and was greeted with an unpleasant surprise…someone had scratched a cross into the bulletin board just outside my office door. (Apologies for the terrible cell-phone picture.) While I’m able to cover the image with a strategically placed advising schedule, I’m haunted by a…

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…

Bringing babies to conferences

A. Non Mouse, who blogs over at NaCl and hv, has just written a great series of posts about her strategies for successfully bringing a baby to a conference. Check out her how-to posts on childcare, transportation, gear, and accommodations. This is a subject that is close to my heart, and one that I’ve written…

The ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change received an award from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program to hold professional development workshops for Ph.D.-level women in industry, research labs, consulting, or national labs who are interested in transitioning to academic careers in STEM. The first workshop will be held October 18-20, 2009 in Seattle. A recent…

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.…

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…

It’s Women’s History Month, and the Diversity in Science Carnival has asked us to profile women scientists. I spend a lot of time thing about the things that affect the lives of today’s young women scientists, but I also know that we are preceded by some incredibly strong and brave women who faced much tougher…

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…

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…