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From the mailbag: I have a Masters in Biology (from a 5 year BS/MS program) and for the past 4 years I’ve been working as a lab manager/technician. I have my own research project(s) in addition to keeping track of ordering/equipment maintenance/mouse breeding/etc. All-in-all it’s a sweet gig and I could see myself doing this…

In which SciWo risks coming off as callous…

It has recently been brought to my attention that a subset of my department’s graduate student population is unhappy with our course scheduling. Some of our part-time graduate students feel that we are not doing a sufficient job of offering evening courses to meet the needs of people who work full-time during the day and…

To recap, I’m prepping a new graduate level course on experimental design and data analysis (EDDA) that will serve MS and PhD students from geosciences and civil and environmental engineering. I’ve been working through the SERC course design tutorial, and so far I’ve figured out context and constraints, over-arching goals, and ancillary skills goals. It’s…

Now that things at ScienceBlogs have returned to normal, and I’ve drawn down my stash of reader emails, it’s time to get back to work on my series on course design. For those who haven’t been playing along (1.1, 1.2) I’m prepping a new graduate level course on experimental design and data analysis (EDDA) that…

Mary Ann Mason has a column in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education describing the importance of role models and mentors for women graduate students. Though Zuska recently wrote a provocative post that argued that “the problem of motherhood” might be a red herring for those interested in increasing the representation of women in science,…

The theme for this month’s Scientiae carnival asks us to talk about a challenging point in our lives and describe how we overcame the adversity. Did we have help along the way, and are we better scientists for having been through the trial by fire? Truthfully, I’d have to say that the last two years…