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Ada Lovelace Day — Join the Fun!

I just found out about this very cool idea, a sort of a call to arms to address those old, tired statements “where are the women in tech? why aren’t there any women in tech? there are no women in tech! there are no women tech pioneers/innovators/role models because women don’t like tech/are not genetically…

Another year, another theme

For a few years now, rather than making new year’s resolutions, I’ve been doing new year’s themes. I’ve found it more rewarding to go with the theme idea, which is more like a principle for living one’s life and guiding one’s actions overall, rather than choosing specific behaviors on which to focus. So, it’s time…

In the midst of all of the end-of-classes and journal deadline and too-many-projects and holiday and general craziness around here, it was almost lost on me that I have inadvertently let a door close this year: I apparently have decided, by my inaction, not to go on the market this year.

Transparency and tenure

I have a number of friends at various institutions that are up for tenure this year. Every school is on its own unique schedule, of course, so some of my friends are finding out right about now, officially or unofficially (mostly unofficially) whether they will be tenured or not. I am going to concentrate on…

No, really, I have been boring lately. No drama (well, unless you count the day one of my senior colleagues came into my office to announce that he had nothing to do….as I’m in the midst of slogging through my R&R and the other approximately 10 million things on my to-do list….I am really surprised…

Random bullets of Aaaaarrrrgh! December!!

Prioritizing is good. Prioritizing is absolutely necessary in this job. But what do you do if you have time this month to do X projects, but X+1 projects are “high priority”? Is cloning legal yet? Number of high priority projects = X+1 because a journal article I sent out for review before its time, which…

The end of an era, of sorts

For the past 18-ish months, I have been nursing Baby Jane. For the last few months, we’ve been down to 1 nursing per day, in the mornings. I knew that I’d wean her eventually, sometime around the 18 month mark, but wasn’t sure when or how that would happen.

In the past week, I’ve had to have some uncomfortable conversations with students. In each case, the student is failing my class. (And we’re not talking barely failing….we’re talking obviously failing.) In each case, the student had no idea that s/he is failing my class. The student had no idea! Even though: 1. I post…

I’ve been tagged for the 5 things meme by GirlPostdoc! And heck, this is way more entertaining than the oodles of work I should be doing, so here goes…

Ah, the joys of working parenthood

Mr. Jane and I are so, so fortunate that we have good quality, affordable daycare for Baby Jane that we absolutely, positively love. It is so wonderful to drop Baby Jane off in the mornings and know that she is in a secure, loving, enriching care situation. It frees up so much of my mental…