All of My Faults Are Stress Related

Kim Hannula

Blog vacation

My mother noticed that I hadn’t been blogging much lately. That’s true – in fact, I made a New Year’s Resolution to stop blogging, at least for the semester. I’ve got additional responsibilities this semester which are keeping me extra busy, so I’m putting the blog aside for the next few months. Have a good…

I’ve been reading both geoblogs and women-in-science blogs for a while, and watching the support networks grow around them. So when I looked through the Geological Society of America’s list of session topics for the 2009 annual meeting and saw one about “Techniques and Tools for Effective Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion of Women and Minorities…

Other people who are blogging about AGU

If you’re like me, and you’re currently not in San Francisco, listening to people discuss rapid coastal erosion in the Arctic or argue about whether or not an impact caused the Younger Dryas or show off cool imaging techniques to monitor active volcanoes… well, none of the geoscientists at Science Blogs is there, either. But…

I had a weird experience dealing with journals and peer review a little while ago. Recent discussions of the CRU e-mail hack (especially Janet’s) has made me think more about it, and wonder about how the scientific community ought to think about expertise when it comes to peer review. A little while ago, I was…

From the American Geophysical Union’s Twitter feed ( @theAGU ): Looking for a geoblogger to discuss blogging at Communicating your Science workshop Sunday Dec. 13 morning #AGU09 Contact mjvinas@agu.org (I’m not going. Have fun in San Francisco – I’ll be at home, grading.)

I’m not quite done with this semester, but I’m also starting to think about the courses that I’m teaching in the winter. In particular, I’m thinking about our department writing course. The course is in transition right now – in the past, it’s been a writing-in-the-discipline course, but because of state-mandated changes to our general…

Anyone who donated to the Geobloggers Giving Kids the Earth challenge should have received a “giving card” via e-mail in the past few days. If you’re confused about it, here’s the explanation: HP made a huge donation to all the social media challenges, but didn’t donate money to specific projects. Instead, they gave each individual…

No, I’m not going to AGU this year. But if you are, AGU has activities for bloggers. From Maria-José Viñas, AGU’s public affairs coordinator: 1) We have scheduled a free geobloggers’ lunch for Wednesday, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the San Francisco Marriott, Pacific H Room. Right now, it’s just a socializing event —…

DN Lee of Urban Science Adventures is hosting this month’s Diversity in Science carnival, on the topic of pipeline programs that can increase the diversity of science. Two years ago, there was a special issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education devoted to that very topic. JGE is now open-access, so you can browse the…

Geologic causes vs geologic triggers

There’s a great, new online news article by Science’s Richard Kerr about the role of the Zipingpu Dam in last year’s Wenchuan earthquake. A new article in Geophysical Research Letters (which I haven’t read – my library doesn’t have access to GRL) tests the plausibility of water as a trigger for the Wenchuan quake, and…