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Blogging geoscience meetings

Over the past year, as live-blogging and live-tweeting conferences have become more common, scientific societies have had to figure out what to do about bloggers. What are we? We don’t usually wear press badges (although there are professional journalists who blog, and there are bloggers who write about new research in a way that’s similar…

I confess that I didn’t know the geological conventions for abbreviating time until I started teaching the geology writing class and looked them up. (That’s despite having published a paper on argon-argon geochronology. Sometimes, just doing whatever the co-authors and reviewers say is the right thing to do…) So I don’t have any strong opinions…

This is a repost from my old blog, from a year and a half ago. But it’s time for academic positions to be advertised – if they haven’t been frozen due to budget cuts. So, some old advice on getting a job, while my own job is keeping me especially busy. So. You want a…

The economy might be scary, but I’ve seen ads for academic jobs already. And for geoscience grad students, the first conference is only a little more than a month away. So I’m going to revise and repost a series that I wrote on my old blog, about getting a job at a predominantly undergrad institutions.…

Linkfest: structural geology

I’ve spent 15 hours in the classroom teaching in the past three days, and several more meeting with students to sort out schedules and brainstorm ideas for senior thesis projects. My brain is fried, but I’m going to try to share some interesting stuff I’ve run into: – Early this afternoon, I posted a frantic…

I almost missed the lastest Accretionary Wedge! In my defense, I was doing work related to the Wedge’s theme – I was frantically getting ready for classes to start today, and I swore not to go through the accumulation in my RSS reader until I was ready to go. So, 13 hours after my first…

We need some new geologic metaphors

I’m already on the record as being highly amused by the use of “set in stone” to imply permanence. I find “tectonic shift” and “glacial pace” equally hilarious, given that glaciers can move faster than plates. (Fast tectonic plates move at cm per year; fast glaciers can move at miles per year.) In fact, geology…

When I was little, I was vaccinated for the things that were recommended at the time: polio, measles, German measles (rubella), diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis). I had the mumps and chicken pox when I was little, and was re-vaccinated for measles before college (because the late 60′s vaccine wasn’t effective enough, I think). My…

We’ve gotten a lot of responses to our survey about women in geoscience and blogs, and we’re going to wrap it up soon, so we’ll have time to analyze the data before the Geological Society of America meeting in October. If you haven’t participated in the survey yet and you want to, here’s the information:…

I’ve been trying to get some xeriscaping established this summer, and I’ve been very pleased with the plants that are growing. This one, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, is supposed to become a groundcover, and it’s spreading quite well. But with the flowers have come some interesting pollinating… things… that I can’t identify. The leaves in the picture…