Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for August, 2006

Possessing, as I do, numerous credentials that allow me to pontificate in an authoritative fashion** upon the significance, meaning, and import of global warming, I, James S. Robbins, am here to tell you the truth. Who gives a rat’s ass about global warming? We here in the U.S., and our neighbors in Canada, will be…

An Old Woman’s Reply to A Young Woman

This post is a reply to a comment earlier this month from a very distressed young woman named Ellen. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to reply sooner but family crises intervened. Ellen commented on the third in a series of posts I made regarding two calendars recently published, one in the U.S. and one in…

Val Henson – IT Goddess

At FairerScience.org I found this link to Val Henson’s home page. Val is an operating systems programmer and one helluva woman. You’ll want to check out her A Woman of Deeds essay. The essay takes its title from one of those “there, there, don’t you worry your pretty little head about it” comments Val got…

Dr. Shellie NOT Snubbed by Zuska

Zuska wishes to announce to the entire blogiverse that Dr. Shellie was NOT being snubbed on the blogroll after I moved over here to Scienceblogs.com. Her temporary disappearance from my blogroll was due to my own ineptitude with HTML code and learning the ins and outs of Movable Type’s publishing platform. Mea culpa, mea culpa,…

Pink Is For Boys, Blue Is For Girls

A wonderful blog, FairerScience.org, has brought us this delightful piece on our innate biological womanliness. …last winter, the Times Online published an editorial by Anjana Ahuja suggesting that little girls’ preference for “pink fluff” is a biologically determined feature of girlhood. Perhaps Ahuja is not aware that this premise is not universally supported: There has…

Last Tuesday’s the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that evolutionary biology, you will recall, had been left off a list of eligible science majors for students applying for federal SMART grants. A Department of Education spokeswoman had assured us this was only due to a “clerical consolidation” and not any nefarious intent of minions from…

Each year, Beloit College publishes a list that gives you a sense of what the world looks like to matriculating college students. Read the latest list and weep at just how out of touch you are with this year’s entering college students.

Comments Policy

Update: Okay, screw Typekey, it’s anything goes here. Anyone may comment, comments will be immediately published, and I will rely on the spam filter. Let’s see how that works! Advantages: Still less work for me, less hassle for you. I can always delete spam that slips through. Also, apparently the email link on the Contact…

From the August 22, 2006 Chronicle of Higher Education daily news update: Educators Question Absence of Evolution From List of Majors Eligible for New Grants Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal grant…

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