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Archives for September, 2007

How To Train Women For Their Futures

Martin Rundkvist has kindly posted for us all a photo of a gender-training kit now available in stores. Don’t delay! You’ll want to make sure your daughter or niece learns her place in life early on. If she insists on a career, let her know that maids are in need in all hotels and many…

Color and Money

I saw this advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War Over College Affirmative Action, by Peter Schmidt. Schmidt is a deputy editor at the Chronicle. I don’t have a copy of the book but the excerpt I read on amazon.com is very well-written and…

Numbered Comments

You may notice I’ve modified the blog so that comments are now numbered. This may be helpful in responding to various comments in a thread, especially if the threads get long. Thanks to PZ Myers for sharing his nifty code!

Loathe as I am to admit it, a copy of James Watson’s historical novel The Double Helix does reside on one of my bookshelves. (Though I did purchase it in a used bookstore, so he garnered no profit from me.) As you may recall, The Double Helix, based loosely on Watson’s experiences in England at…

The 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference (organized by ScienceBlog’s very own Bora Zivkovic) is fast approaching. Karen Ventii and I will be co-chairing a 1 hour session tentatively called “Exploring Women in Science Blogging”. (This announcement also appears on her blog here.) We are interested to get your feedback and comments on what we…

Researchers Claim Men Like Hot Women!

I can barely bring myself to blog on this topic, it is so tiresome. (Thanks to Sheril at The Intersection for this link.) Science is confirming what most women know: When given the choice for a mate, men go for good looks. Men like attractive women! Women look for security and financial success in men!…

Networked Science: Who’s It Good For?

Diane Rhoten writes in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education about the concept of networked science. The Manhattan Project, she says, brought us the era of Big Science: ambitious projects, organized in a “top-down, hierarchical, vertical” manner, requiring lots of cash, fancy equipment, dedicated facilities, and a long-term outlook. Next we got Team Science, fueled…

Constitution Day Is Coming Up!

It’s almost September 17th, and you know what that means – Constitution Day! Do you have your festivities all planned out yet? No? Don’t you remember there’s a federal law mandating that all schools which receive federal funds have got to put on a program about the constitution for their students on September 17 every…

Selecting An Auxiliary Brain

Here’s the problem: I’ve got migraines. So I take topamax. Topamax helps decrease the occurrence of daily headache and decrease the frequency of migraine. But topamax has side effects. A really bad one is cognitive confusion. This manifests itself in several ways. One is during speaking – I’ll be just on the verge of pronouncing…

Unleashing Scientiae

It’s late summer, and the harvest is bountiful, and so with the contributions to Scientiae. Thanks to all of you who submitted such fabulous posts. Some of you even wrote two posts! It must be that back-to-school enthusiasm. As you know, this month’s theme for Scientiae is “Unleashed”, chosen by moi. I wrote about furious…