Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for June, 2007

Friday Bookshelf: The Canon

Mr. Zuska came home this evening, tired after a long week of work. We looked at each other and said “Pizza”. Which turned out to be a good thing, because when the pizza delivery guy showed up and I went to pay him, I found a package on my front porch from the good folks…

But She’s So Cute!

I’ve been doing some reading over at Twisty’s place this afternoon, and, you know, it’s the usual patriarchy-blaming that helps raise your blood pressure. I do admire Twisty’s way with a phrase. Then I came across this post. And it was more than the blood pressure; I wanted to scream in frustration and anger. A…

Impolite Atheists – My New Role Models

There’s a debate going on among my Sciblings about atheism: is it or is it not a civil rights issue? Matthew at Framing Science is of the opinion that it is not, and apparently thinks people like Richard Dawkins are giving atheists a bad name. Jason at Evolutionblog writes the following: Atheists don’t face a…

I’m Sick of Being Sick

Warning: this is an intensely personal piece and I’m not sure why I’m posting it at all, except that some people I know have been encouraging me for awhile to write more about my illness or disability in general. So blame them. (By the way, you aren’t supposed to read this and feel pity for…

Future Weather

I recently got a notice from the AWIS – Philadelphia chapter about a film in production here in Philadelphia, called “Future Weather“. The filmmakers, independent and mostly women, wrote to AWIS as follows: We…are dedicated to bringing the stories of real women and girls to the big (and small) screen, one little story, one strong-willed…

Rice University is hosting a workshop called Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position. From an email announcement about the workshop: At Rice University we are strongly committed to increasing the diversity of science and engineering faculty and students. As part of this goal we are sponsoring an exciting new workshop for senior women graduate students and…

TSZ is Rated R!!!

It seems all the Science Bloggers are doing it… …submitting their blogs for rating at this site. I am so proud to say TSZ came up with an R rating. Mingle2 – Online Dating Bora has an NC-17 but he’s the only one. He’s the only one in lots of ways, though, you know?? (I…

Thinking of Denice, One Year Later

One year has passed since Denice Denton’s untimely death. It’s a real understatement to say that Denice was a trailblazer. Here’s Jean Bahr’s memory of Denice: I met Denice at a reception at the Women’s Studies Center in the fall of 1987 when we were both beginning our tenure track appointments at Madison. There were…

I’m going to cheat a little on this week’s Friday Bookshelf. Women in Science: Meeting Career Challenges is a book I have reviewed in the past for NWSA Journal (vol. 12, no. 3, 2000). So I’m going to quote my own review. My review was originally combined with a review of a film about women…

The New York Times reports today on a study published today in two papers in Science (Science 22 June 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5832, p. 1717) and Intelligence: “Research Finds Firstborns Gain The Higher I.Q.” The study could settle more than half a century of scientific debate! Frank J. Sulloway, psychologist at the University of…