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Archives for June, 2007

Maria Klawe is a Skateboarder!

I can’t tell if this Chronicle piece is behind a paywall or not, because I already logged into my account today so everything opens up in my browser right away…I hope it’s not, because I’d love for you to see the picture of Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, on a skateboard. It’s how…

Poetry for Physicists?

The Chronicle of Higher Education had a great piece this week about A. Van Jordan and his new book of poetry, Quantum Lyrics. Unfortunately, I think you need a subscription to read the article online. It’s the June 22, 2007 issue, p. A48, if you have access to the print version. “Physicists talk in metaphor…

Eight Things You Weren’t Dying To Know

So, Bora tagged me today with the Eight Random Facts meme. And since it’s Bora, I will respond. Here are the rules: 1. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves. 2. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts. 3. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them…

Some News From WEPAN’s Conference

I wasn’t able to attend the WEPAN national conference this year, and I really missed going. So I was glad that Carol Muller of MentorNet wrote to the WEPAN listserv today with a mini-conference report/follow-up. She covered three topics: the plenary session tribute to Denice Denton; follow-up to a MentorNet panel discussion that mentioned NOGLSTP;…

Thanks to Scienceblogs, I have access to Google Analytics for my blog, which means I can obsess over a wealth of information and statistics. It’s amazing what Google knows about my blog. Let’s hope Google always and only decides to use its power for good… Anyhoo, one of the things I can look at is…

Ashley Likes Science! But Not Isabella

When I lived in North Carolina, I got to know a woman who worked in one of the Research Triangle labs. She had a baby girl, and I occasionally baby-sat for her. She had named her daughter Melina, which I thought was an incredibly beautiful name for a little girl. I remarked upon this one…

An Update

For those who may be interested, I have written an addendum to the infamous “I Support Gender Equity in Principle…” post. The very ugly comments thread on that post is now closed. You’ll notice you can’t post comments here either. I’m doing this for my mental health. It’s either this, or all gardening and no…

Friday Bookshelf – The Second X

It’s Friday and though I have no heart for blogging, I promised you last week a new feature called “Friday Bookshelf”. I feel some obligation to deliver, especially since I can’t seem to get the damn Joy of Science discussion posts finished and now I’m sure they’ll take even longer with this new blog malaise…

What’s Blogging For, Anyway?

I have been thinking all week about the topic for the next scientiae-carnival, “Transitions” and what I might write about. I had thought I would write something about the transition from health to disability, from employed to jobless, from known career to uncertainty about just what to do with my life. But I didn’t get…

Does Brownback Really Reject Science?

You may recall that Senator Sam Brownback, erstwhile Presidential candidate, recently wrote a NYTimes op-ed expounding on his raising of the arm during a presidential debate in response to the now-infamous “who doesn’t believe in evolution” question. I’m grateful to Page 3.14 for alerting me to Jerry Coyne’s article Don’t Know Much Biology written in…