Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for October, 2006

So I’m at a conference where the majority of attendees are white males. Well, after all, it is an engineering conference. Anyway, given the demographics, do you expect to walk into any particular parallel session and find that there are only two, three, maybe five white males, and the remaining 25 to 30 session attendees…

Sunday at the FIE

So I’m at the Frontiers in Education conference, and there’s so much good stuff going on my brain is on overload. Plus, there are other people here who call themselves feminist engineers! It was worth the price of admission just to be in their company. And there are men who are giving papers talking about…

Censorship

Well, I’ll never work in academia again after those last two posts. I suppose if my migraines ever get under control I can always go back to industry. Pharma is always desperate for experienced medical writers and they pay better than academia anyway. Plus the hours are better. Let’s just hope pharma doesn’t give a…

Morals vs. Pragmatism, Part 2

As I promised, here is the email I received from President Lewis Duncan of Rollins College after I wrote a blog post on his comments on the Karpova-Tonegawa affair. My commentary on his email is in brackets and italicized. Email and my commentary after the jump.

Morals vs. Pragmatism

Back in early August, I wrote about the Karpova-Tonegawa controversy at MIT, and about Rollins College president Lewis Duncan’s comments on the topic in the Boston Globe. More on the Karpova-Toadygawa story. This may be the best part of all. Because you see, Zuskateers, it isn’t just Toadygawa who’s had his true colors exposed. Consider…

What I’m Reading This Week

I’m reading two books at the moment (in addition to the five or so others I’ve started and gotten halfway through and not finished…well, they’ll always be waiting for me to come back…someday…). The first is Sisters in Science: Conversations With Black Women Scientists on Race, Gender, and Their Passion for Science, by Diann Jordan,…

Meaningless Fun!

Got this from Kate, who got it from Coturnix, who was apparently sent there by Shelley….Factorizer! I swear I am not making this up. This is what it gave me the first time: “If God had a name, it would be Zuska.” The second time it said “Zuska plays Minesweeper with real mines.” Hee. It…

Best Science TV Show EVER!

So, you ask us bloggers this week… …What’s the best science TV show of all time?…

Where Are the Science & Race Blogs?

I have lots of nice blogs in my blogroll to the left. Nearly all of them deal with gender and science or gender and engineering or gender and science & engineering. In some of the blogs you’ll find discussions of race issues as well as gender. But I don’t think race is a central topic…

A Moron in Utrecht

So, I’m catching up on my Chronicle of Higher Education reading, and I come across this article (you need a subscription): A Finger on the Pulse of Cool Finding out what young adults consider cool is the key to success for advertisers and marketers. College students alone spend billions each year on electronics, entertainment, fashion,…