Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for April, 2007

A Brief Refresher

Maybe it’s not a bad time to repost the link to this post, and to requote this snippet from it: When the topic at hand is men not taking an issue seriously, suggesting that the issue might not really be all that serious is not being dispassionate. It is, in fact, taking a side. And…

You’ll recall I posted about fellow Scibling Shelley Batts’s run-in with Wiley over fair use of a figure and graph from a journal article. This incident created quite a firestorm in the blogosphere. You’ll find a good summary and a nice link roundup provided by Bora over at A Blog Around The Clock. It’s a…

A Word About Comments

The last week or so, some of you may have noticed that you submit a comment and it doesn’t show up in the comments thread right away. I’m assuming you get the message that the comment is being held for approval by the blog owner. At least I hope so. Please note: you are not…

Pennsylvania’s Gun Lobby Lynch Mob

All last week I was silent on my blog because I wasn’t feeling well enough to spend much time on the computer. So I didn’t post anything when many other people were writing about the horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech. I thought about what I might say if I were well enough to blog and…

From the Chronicle of Higher Education daily update yesterday: The strongest source of white opposition to affirmative action today is neither racism nor a sincere conviction that any favoritism, even if compensatory, is wrong, but rather a “desire to protect fellow whites,” three scholars argue in a paper released last week by the UCLA Chicano…

Fair Use? What’s That?

UPDATE: There was a veritable blogswarm on this issue, and Shelley reports that it seems to have generated results. Although, I will note that “granting permission” is not quite the same thing as acknowledging that her original post fell under fair use. Shelley Batts at Retrospectacle wrote a post the other day analyzing a journal…

A Pox on “Cathy”

I have never been a huge fan of the comic strip “Cathy”. In the comic strip office world, I had Dilbert on one hand, as exemplar for engineers, and Cathy on the other hand, as the model for professional working women. Neither was particularly appealing to me. Dilbert personifies all the negative geekoid engineering stereotypes,…

Cursing the Kingdom From Afar

I recently finished reading Intuition, by Allegra Goodman. It’s a great novel, and anyone who’s done time as a postdoc will appreciate it, especially if you’ve done time as postdoc in biomedical research. You may find yourself reading it and thinking that surely Goodman must have been spying upon your research lab at some point.…

The Spring 2007 issue of SWE Magazine has an article on the newest inductees into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Among them is Eleanor Baum, the fifth SWE member to be so honored. The others are Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Beatrice Hicks, Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, and Sheila Widnall. Baum is currently dean of engineering…

Dusting Off the Brain

Hello again, everybody. I’ve not exactly been blogging up a storm lately, have I? Well, I am feeling better this week so I’m hoping to get back to a more regular blogging schedule – in between sneezes and sniffles from spring allergies. It’s absolutely gorgeous here today and I can practically hear the hostas sprouting…