Thus Spake Zuska

Stuff I Read and Thought You’d Like

Some great posts on other blogs you may have missed reading:

Language Log has a great critique of the new PBS show WordGirl, which I found via Fairer Science. If that’s not enough to make you grind your teeth, then read Pat’s roundup on the Bionic Woman, Ubisoft’s Imagine video games, and Barbie Girls. Bleah.

Female Science Professor ran into Dr. Troll this week upon coming out of a committee meeting. Dr. Troll asked her if she was taking a class from the other committee members. I am not making this up. You can read about it here. I mean, really. You have to work at being that much of an ass.

Young Female Scientist fantasizes about adapting the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader tryout method to the selection of new faculty.

Candidates would give talks, serve on fake committees, edit manuscripts, advise fake students, draft aims for grants under time limitations, etc.

Instead of making decisions based on a resume and a 1-2 day interview, or two, imagine if there were a month or two of tryouts. A kind of faculty position bootcamp, if you will.

I think it would make a great reality show, too. I know I’d watch.