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Archives for August, 2007

The Importance of Leadership

Since I don’t work I have a lot of time in the morning to listen to talk radio. One of my favorite shows is Radio Times With Marty Moss-Coane. Marty, you rock, girl! She can wrangle arguing guests or a too-chatty caller like nobody’s business. Today’s show was all about the Michael Vick dog-fighting scandal.…

The Biology of Pink

Perhaps you don’t remember an entry I wrote about a year ago titled Pink Is For Boys, Blue Is For Girls. I linked to a Fairer Science post that was debunking a Times Online editorial suggesting girls had a biologically determined preference for “pink fluff”. Fairer Science quoted a June 1918 edition of Ladies Home…

Don’t Forget Scientiae and Open Lab!

The end of the month is creeping up on you, faster than you think. So doggone it, get your post for the Sept. 1 Scientiae carnival written and submitted! Or at least start thinking about procrastinating writing it. Remember the topic is UNLEASH; more elaboration on that here. Instructions on submitting here. Now, after you…

Female-Friendly Physics Departments

Sooooo beautiful. You must read what Pat has to say about APS’s CSWP compiling a list of female-friendly physics departments. And follow the links therein. Here’s how my various alma maters responded to this survey question: Please describe why someone applying to graduate school who is interested in a female-friendly department should choose your department.

What Graduate Students Are For

Here’s a charming quote from a recent LA Times piece on neuroscience: …Lynch said: “Several years ago, I sent a student out and said, ‘Your job is to find out what the boys know about assembly.’ That’s what grad students are for. They’re the cannon fodder of science. You throw them at problems that have…

Sciblings In NYC Bars: More Photo Evidence

You know, bad karaoke can happen to good Sciblings. But however distressing some people might find the proceedings, other people will always blend tastefully with the surroundings. Kevin and Karmen just sat back and took it all in. As Chris Rowan has reported, Janet is indeed the most clinical of juke box operators. Though she…

So Just What Is Nature Doing???

Maxine Clarke commented on this blog: It might be an idea to read the Nature site before you opine. As I mentioned at the blog from which you found this information, Nature’s mission statement was updated years ago and is available at the “about the journal” page free access. See http://www.nature.com/nature/about/index.html What has changed is…

Sciblings With Bogie

Sciblings in NYC….we came, we met, we ate and drank, we talked nonstop, thanks to Seed and Adam Bly. I did not puke on Adam Bly’s shoes after all. He is a very nice guy. And has a beautiful home in Manhattan. But when we were in some gin joint on Saturday night, who should…

Men [Sick]

Have you read the Nature editorial? Have you read my earlier post about it? Maybe what you are wanting is a deeper textual analysis of the editorial itself. You’ve come to the right place. Men [sick] Our 1869 mission statement is out of date. That’s what the bitchy, complaining women are making us say. It…

By way of the daily Chronicle of Higher Education, I learned that Nature has made a quantum leap into the…well…sort of into the early part of the 20th century. In an editorial published online this afternoon, the journal announced that it would amend its mission statement, which appears each week next to its table of…