Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for September, 2006

Why Do We Need Role Models?

I originally wrote this as a comment to my interview over on Page 3.14 and then decided it ought to be its own entry. I thank BSCI for raising this issue, and admire BSCI’s prescience, for lauding my role models and mentors is, indeed, the subject of a forthcoming post. BSCI, regarding the role model…

A Helpful Guide to “Knowing Your Place”

I was just traveling around the blogosphere and landed on this most helpful post; thanks to Bill Hooker, of Open Reading Frame, who launched my odyssey. Zuzu, who writes for Feministe, will explain much you need to know about keeping your place. This is invaluable information for any white women, or minority women or men,…

19 Questions With Zuska

There is a super-fabulous interview with Zuska over on Page 3.14. Page 3.14 is “is your guide to ScienceBlogs. Maintained by Seed’s editors, web editors, and the other people who make Seed tick, it points you in the direction of some of ScienceBlogs’ finest offerings.” But I think it’s really mostly written by the wonderful…

From the September 15, 2006 AWIS Washington Wire Women at Work-Striving for 25% Female Faculty In 2000, the European Research Ministries set the goal that 25% of all faculty members would be female by the year 2010. Unfortunately, the numbers are likely to fall far short. To show what the visual impact of this proportion…

Resources for Parents – 1

Jeff Knapp asked what kind of advice would I give to a 14-year-old girl who is showing an interest in neuroscience, taking AP classes, and has articulated an interest in science. As the “1” in the title indicates, I’ll be posting again on this topic. I’m going to preface my remarks by saying that I…

Supporting Women Physicists the Fermilab Way

This seems as good a time as any to reprint this entry from my blog’s previous incarnation. The original title was “Zuska Recommends a Dose of Absinthe”. After some preliminary stuff introducing Absinthe’s blog and referring to the then-current Ben Barrres news story (Ben is a neurobiologist who used to be Barbara Barres, and thus…

Leaky Pipelines, Or Locked Doors?

Tim left this comment over at Uncertain Principles on Chad’s post The Pipeline Problem: I thought the data was pretty clear about this: past high school, the [physics] pipeline is no more leaky for women than it is for men…here’s the Report: Read it for yourselves. Examination of the academic “pipeline” reveals that women disproportionately…

Earlier this summer, a famous cheesesteak purveyor here in Philadelphia put up a sign in his establishment that read “This is America: When Ordering, Speak English”, thus touching off a controversy that raged for weeks. Owner Joey Vento was eventually served with a complaint claiming he was in violation of two sections of the city’s…

Who’s NOT a Leader?

I just wanna hurl chunks right now at fellow Sb’er Chad, who writes Uncertain Principles. Chad wrote this foolish entry about the so-called pipeline problem of women in physics. Which just goes to show that even an advanced degree in physics is no guarantee you won’t have your head up your ass now and then.…

L. A.Engineer! Almost.

Many women in science and engineering have long suggested, only half tongue in cheek, that if we could only have an L.A. Engineer t.v. show it might do wonders to increase the number of young girls choosing STEM careers. Zuska, of course, thinks we’d still have to do something about the morons, cretins, and sexual…