Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for September, 2006

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

It’s the start of the fall semester. New committees are being formed, old committees are having new members appointed and all of them are convening for their first meetings of the year. I happened to get hold of the minutes of the first meeting of the Committee on the Status of Women in Science and…

Who’s a Leader?

This entry is sparked by a recent comment from Markk: Quit yelling about men -in engineering- and yell about men -in authority- especially academics, abusing their position. While it is unrealistic to think that I will ever quit yelling about men in engineering, at least until the revolution comes, I do like to think that…

Hostile Environment – Examples

So, what would be an example of someone creating a hostile environment in the workplace or educational setting? An example of “frequent, non-trivial acts of a sexual nature” might be, oh, say repeatedly raping your lab assistant nearly 80 times. The rapist in this case was R. Igor Gamow, “a prominent inventor and chemical engineer…

A Hard Doom

It was Faramir in The Lord of the Rings who described Frodo’s task as “a hard doom and a hopeless errand”. I must confess to feeling that way myself about my own self-imposed task of reporting to you about the pond scum of academia, those who discriminate and harass, the bilious lechers and sexual abusers…

So, here’s the latest set of reports telling you exactly what the situation is for women in science, nicely collected for us in the AWIS Sept. 1, 2006 Washington Wire (thanks, AWIS!) FYI: STEM = science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. What follows are the titles of three reports, AWIS’s summary, and then my summary. Rapid…

Everything’s Dandy Again

The mysterious pixies who were haunting Thus Spake Zuska and messing with my ability to post comments and do other blog tasks have gone away. Either the fabulous Tim Murtaugh has cured my website, or it healed itself. Whatever. All seems to be operational again.

We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties…

If you have tried to post a comment to this blog in the last few days and got a message telling you it was being held for approval by the blog owner, don’t feel bad. I got the same message. Also, I didn’t receive my own comment to be able to approve it. And I…