Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for May, 2007

I would not have believed this would be possible in 2007, and yet, here it is. CBS is bringing to your television, this fall, a series so full of stereotypes, so dazzingly stupid, so ridiculously puerile, that it must surely offend the sensibilities of everyone in science. I am talking about “The Big Bang Theory“.…

Bora pointed me to a post at The Phineas Gage Fan Club about an undergraduate student in Sweden who has been rather severely punished by her university for appearing naked in the pages of a “lad mag”. The department demanded that the student attend psychotherapy with a member of faculty, and that she apologise in…

Bluegrass in Gettysburg

Mr. Zuska and I spent a few days in Gettysburg at the Bluegrass Festival. I am a conflicted fan of bluegrass music. That is, I do love me some banjo. And hearing a good banjo, fiddle, bass, mandolin, and guitar together is, to me, a true aural delight. The problem lies with some of the…

Coffee Talk

Dave at the World’s Fair asks: Can you show us your coffee cup? Can you comment on it? Do you think it reflects on your personality? Do you have any interesting anecdotes resulting from coffee cup commentary? Can you try to get others to comment on it? I’m a day late and a dollar short,…

Cosmic Life, Universe, & Everything

I recently received a copy of Cosmic Jackpot by Paul Davies in the mail from the Seed offices. Although I can’t say I was particularly dying to read this, free books are always a nice thing. So I opened it up to take a look. Chapter 1 starts out this way: For thousands of years,…

Is Women’s Studies Good For Science?

So, I just finished reading Lost Clown’s tale of her entry into mathematics – from feminist theory. (Thanks to Sciencewoman’s compilation for the 6th round of Scientiae for leading me to that post!) It’s really inspiring, and exciting to hear how Lost Clown’s physics teacher helped her find her true love of math and physics…

Perhaps you are familiar with the 2006 Science Blogging Anthology, The Open Laboratory, that was put together by Bora Zivkovic. It is a great collection of (most) of the best of last year’s science blogging, but as Bora has recently noted to me, it is lacking something important. That is, there are NO contributions pertaining…

6th Scientiae Is Up!

The 6th Scientiae Carnival is up over at Sciencewoman’s pad. The topic is “mothers and others, those who influenced us along the way” but the collected posts are not limited to this topic. Scienceowoman has put together a very interesting mix of some truly thought-provoking posts. As always, the richness of writing by women scientists…

Gracie Likes Math!

I have to admit, I am an avid reader of comic strips in the daily newspaper. There’s a lot of social commentary in the daily comics. Over the past year or two, I’ve watched as a few of the more conservative strips have slyly (or not so slyly) introduced references to intelligent design into a…

The theme of the upcoming Scientiae carnival is “Mothers and Others, women who have influenced you along the way”. So here are my musings. scientiae-carnival I am fond of saying that my mom is the reason I became an engineer. She is not, of course, the sole reason I became an engineer, nor is she…