Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for July, 2007

You can study it scientifically, gather the data, analyze it, publish it in Science, and have it discussed on NPR. But by golly, if you are asking us to give up cherished stereotypical beliefs about male and female nature, then you can just take your data and shove it, mister! You are wrong, wrong, wrong,…

A Modest Proposal: Remember The Men

Absinthe has an announcement on her blog about a new online support group for junior female particle physicists. There is a new online discussion group aimed at junior female particle physicists (up to and including the postdoctoral level). The group allows junior females to talk openly and anonymously with other junior female particle physicists from…

How Do You Balance Nothing?

The word of the month is “balance”, or so they tell me for the upcoming scientiae-carnival. I have been thinking for days about what I could write on this topic. What does balance mean to those without careers? I can talk about stuff from the past, how I made choices about balancing career and relationship…

What is this thing called feminist science studies? Have you ever been asked that question, or perhaps asked it of yourself? You wanted a nice, short, pithy answer to hand over to your interlocutor. And yet, it’s like being asked, what is this thing called science? The subject area is huge, the topics are diverse,…

From the Chronicle of Higher Education today: A California state senator grilled Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the California State University system, and John D. Welty, president of its Fresno campus, on their commitment to gender equity in athletics at a special hearing here on Tuesday. The senator is somewhat peeved about two recent settlements…

Tara on Danica McKellar

Tara at Aetiology has a review of Danica McKellar’s new book Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind Or Breaking A Nail. She also snagged an interview with McKellar which you can find here. She asks McKellar about her motivations for writing the book and also why she choose…

Banners

You may notice over the next few days some changes in the banner head. Two readers sent me their creations for a new TSZ banner and I am going to be trying them out to see how I like them and see how you like them. At some point I’ll put up a post to…

Must Read C (of Higher) E

That fabulous group of women, the X-Gals, is back with the last of their installments in the Chronicle of Higher Education and it is truly Must Read C (of Higher) E. This last installment is titled On the Origin of Academic Species and it is a cataloging of the various types of folks who’ve responded…

Chris Smither did a show last night as part of the Upper Merion Concert Under the Stars series. If you aren’t familiar with Chris Smither’s music, you should be. He’s great. The pictures I took of him on stage all came out crappy but I like this one I caught of him just before the…

This Friday Bookshelf veers slightly off my gender and scienc/engineering bookshelf for a detour over to the general women’s studies bookshelf. I hope you’ll see why I think it’s appropriate to this blog. The book I’m looking at this week is Engaging Feminism: Students Speak Up and Speak Out edited by Jean O’Barr and Mary…