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Archives for January, 2008

Telling The Story Of The Group

Raise your hand if you’ve been to diversity camp! You know – sometime during the academic year, your department head or dean announces there’s going to be a diversity meeting/seminar/retreat. People grudgingly attend, they do some exercises to maybe show them just how prejudiced they actually are, they’re told Diversity is Good!, and there’s a…

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an interesting article today about the “issue of cultural sensitivity…in the world of comedy”. Comedy: When The Laughing Stops looks at how comedians struggle with knowing where to draw the line – and when to go ahead and cross that line. Some people fear that when comics don’t delineate boundaries, it…

Mrs. Whatsit pointed out that Propter Doc has recently written on the topic of blogging under a pseudonym. It’s a very thoughtful post and touches on many of the issues we discussed at the NC Science Blogging Conference. In the middle of the post, Propter Doc says the following: If you blog about being a…

A Gender-and-Science Paradox

Here’s the paradox: there are differences between men and women that manifest themselves in engineering practice, so diversity is good, except there aren’t really any differences between men and women that matter in engineering practice, so diversity doesn’t matter to the profession. Huh? Who’s making these contradictory arguments, and why?

Welcome, Physioprof and Drugmonkey!

Hooray! I have some new Sciblings! Drugmonkey and Physioprof are now co-blogging at Scienceblogs. Visit them here and tell them how happy you are they joined Sb. Check out this excellent post Science Pays: This brings today’s discussion around to the topic of diversity in science, careers in science and a much under appreciated goal…

Make your blog more interactive! but do it ethically.. Two great sessions at the 2008 NC Science Blogging Conference offered up great insights on these two aspects of the blogger’s craft. Janet Stemwedel ran the session on ethics and Dave Munger did the one on interactivity. That truly was an opportunity to learn from the…

Coffee, good food, and the world’s best popsicles – these were just a few of the perks associated with attending the 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference! Not to mention mingling with 200 other bloggers, journalists, educators, and students. I’ve been so out of touch with the blogging world for so long recently; it was…

The Original “Computers”

Just yesterday I posted information about a new resource on recruiting women and girls into information technology. Ironically, the same day American Public Media ran this story about Jean Bartik, one of the original “computers”. Yesterday in San Francisco, Apple released its new computer, the MacBook Air. The notebook has an eighty gigabyte hard drive,…

Karen Ventii has posted information about how to join our session online at the conference wiki. Here’s the details: [The Gender and Race in Science Blogging] session will be broadcast LIVE on Saturday January 19 at 11am on Ustream.tv. Please tune in and participate online. Please note that you DO NOT have to register on…

Some interesting things came across my listservs this week; one from WEPAN, another from the WMST-L listserv: a new book on recruiting women in IT, and a very interesting call for papers. Details after the jump.