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So long, and thanks for all the fish

Four years and four months ago, almost to the day, I started a humble little blog way over in a tiny corner of the blogosphere. Back in the day, there were few voices of women scientists in the blogosphere, and even fewer of women computer scientists. I had never had much luck keeping any semblance…

Flipping out over tenure

Recently b* (who is my tenure buddy, apparently! we’re going up at the same time! w00t!) wrote a post that, I think, captures perfectly the angst, anxiety, stress, and mental craziness that the tenure process induces in otherwise sane people. In her case, it was a procedural change that sent her into somewhat of a…

I have a To-Do list that’s longer than my arm. I have multiple deadlines that are Looming Large this week. My scholarly materials are due fairly soon, and there are a couple more things that need to be sent out into the Great Reviewing Stream ASAP. I have about 20 research-related tasks that must be…

Today, as I was driving around and flipping through the radio stations, I heard a song from late in my college days….on the classic rock station. (At least it wasn’t the oldies station?) I’ve recently been friended on FB by friends from waaaaay back….and they are all posting hideous photos from junior high and high…

I probably should have noticed the warning signs about my graduate program earlier—like, in the first week, when I went to meet my temporary assigned advisor and he said “Oh, uh, I don’t want any more students right now. Go find yourself another advisor.” (I guess he didn’t really understand the whole idea behind “temporary…

Ada Lovelace Day post: Justine Cassell

For my Ada Lovelace Day post, I wanted to focus on someone who is doing interesting and interdisciplinary work in computer science, and whose work has interesting and important applications. Justine Cassell, Director of the Center for Technology and Social Behavior at Northwestern University, is just such a person. I first heard about Dr. Cassell’s…

Reminder: Ada Lovelace Day tomorrow!

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, March 24, is Ada Lovelace Day, a day devoted to highlighting women in technology. Get your posts together! (Even if you didn’t sign the pledge, please join in on the fun!) Details on how to post and tag are here. I am so excited about my own post—the woman…

Tales from the latest exam

One of the questions on the exam asked the students to explain the efficiency of a particular solution to a common problem. We’ve been doing variations of this analysis since Day 1 in this class. I believe we even did an almost identical problem in class one day. Two-thirds of the class got the problem…

Oh, wait, that’s right, I have a BLOG

Um, hi. Apparently I’ve been gone for a while. Yeah. Sorry about that. Life’s been a bit crazy around here lately, and I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water. I’m not sleeping. I’m not taking care of myself. I’m sick. I’m stressed to the gills. I have way too much to do.…

Student group dynamics

I’m supervising a few independent studies this year, with groups of students working on fairly large and fairly fuzzily-defined design projects. These groups couldn’t be more different from each other in terms of the way they act as a group, act as individuals, and interact with me. It’s got me thinking a lot lately about…