Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for September, 2007

Scholarships for “Special” People

Saw this over at The Chem Blog. Couldn’t help offering my own spin on it. Chem Blog needs some serious shoe-puking. I recommend you read the original, then my version. It will be more fun that way.

Why There Are No Great Women Science Bloggers

The Scientist wants you to vote for your favorite life science blogs. To get the party started, they asked seven prominent science bloggers to recommend their favorite science blogs. I mean, they asked seven prominent male science bloggers for their recommendations. This is science, after all, and we need to be precise. So, they didn’t…

Happy Birthday, Emoticon!

From the Chronicle News Blog… …it will be 25 years ago tomorrow that Mr. Fahlman, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, invented the digital smiley face. After a colleague joked about a contaminated elevator on an electronic bulletin board, Mr. Fahlman had his eureka moment: He recommended that future quipsters mark their…

Beach Wheelchair

Posting will be sparse to non-existent over the next week, as it has been the past few days. This is because I’m hanging with Mom for a week or so. Actually, I’m hanging with my mom and my sister at the beach at Cape Hatteras. Sister and I have spent months planning this undertaking. Cape…

The Authorities: Always Looking Out For Women

So I’m skimming along in Google Reader, thinking it’s the year 2007, when whoa! I happen upon this post by Female Science Professor. Did he actually call her “science lady”? WTF? What millennium are we living in? And this is the kind of response you get from the authorities when you are calling about a…

There’s a wonderful three-part interview with Shobita Parthasarathy, author of Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care , over at The World’s Fair. The interview is broken up into three parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Here’s an excerpt from Part 1 to get your mouth watering:

I Don’t Know What To Say

Lots of my Sciblings have blogged about 9.11.01 today. I particularly recommend Abel Pharmboy’s post, and the video that Orac posted if you can stand to watch it. I don’t feel that I have anything meaningful to add. I felt that way in the weeks after the tragedy, when K-State engineering organized a panel to…

Mosquito Men

Female Science Professor works with Professor Troll. Perhaps many of you have a similar colleague or acquaintance. What do you do when you constantly have to rub shoulders with Professor Troll’s ilk? Like mosquitoes in summer, they buzz around strong, intelligent women, unable to stay away, compelled to bite with the little meanness of remarks…

Gender Equity and the Poor Disadvantaged Men

Young Female Scientist asks her readers to rank their undergraduate and graduate institutions on a scale of 1 to 10, “10 being the most egalitarian and synergistic even with conflicting opinions from strong personality types (probably doesn’t exist), 1 being the most sexist, demeaning, lawsuit-deserving place in the world”. She wants people to name names…

Celebrating Our Geekiness

I found the link to this video over at She’s Such a Geek! – thanks, Charlie! Listen to one female geek’s response to reading the book. I particular loved her saying that the “she” in “She’s Such a Geek!” should not make men feel excluded – they should just “ignore the s in front of…