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Archives for August, 2008

Sexual Metaphors at Hacker Camp

In the past it’s not been my practice to read the business section of the newspaper but lately I’ve been paying more attention to it. Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s business section featured an article I just couldn’t resist: Hacker Camp: Computer programmers get to play attacker in order to learn how to do security better.…

Jenny F. Scientist reports the following: Recently, three women joined my lab, more than doubling the female population. (Just in time for me to leave.) There was instant bonding, which I had only seen before among married postdocs or among single grad students. But it is lovely to have other women about. We go to…

For those of you who participated in last fall’s Donors Choose challenge – and those of you who didn’t! – here is a painless way to help out a really worthy cause. A media website Seed digs called BigThink is in the middle of a DonorsChoose drive, and Seed has agreed to help them out.…

ScienceBlogger Meetup Location Changed!!!

Please note, if you were planning to attend the ScienceBlogger meetup in New York City this coming Saturday, the location has changed. Here are the details about the new location: The new spot will be at a bar on the west side called Social. Seed has reserved a room in the back, and it’s three…

New Blogroll, Sort Of

During my time as a blogger, I have discovered that I am lousy at one of a blogger’s sacred chores: maintaining the blogroll. The ideal of what my blogroll would be is perhaps best exemplified by Janet’s at Adventures in Ethics and Science, or Peggy’s at Women in Science. The sad reality, of course, was…

Stereotype Threat in a Real-Life Setting

A great post at eduwonkette looks at gender and stereotype threat in math performance. Stereotype threat has been well-documented in “laboratory” settings, but eduwonkette reports on a study in a real-life setting: These men and women were, by all accounts, in the pipeline for math and science careers. Students in the “gender nullifying” treatment read…

ScienceBlogger Meetup This Saturday

I believe there was at least one of my readers who expressed an interest in attending this Saturday’s ScienceBlogger meetup in New York City – Falyne? Still planning to attend? Maybe there are more of you and you just didn’t speak up? I know there are many people who are primarily readers of other blogs…

Normative Heterosexuality In ScienceLand

Female Science Professor has a great Q&A post, So They Had To Hire A Woman. Here’s a sample: Question: So you’re going to get a Ph.D.? Couldn’t you find anyone to marry you? Answer 1: Why would I want to get married when so many men are just like you? Answer 2: That’s right, and…