Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for October, 2008

…with Donors Choose? Hello, Zuskateers! I’m setting off today to go spend time with mom, who is in the hospital again. I don’t know how long I’ll be there, which means I don’t know when I’ll be getting back to blogging. If I have time while I’m there I’ll try to get in a short…

What’s Wrong With These Scholarships?

Janet at Adventures in Ethics and Science writes about prizes for women: 2008 is the tenth year of the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards to remarkable female scientists from around the world. Indeed, our sister-site, ScienceBlogs.de, covered this year’s award ceremony and is celebrating women in science more generally with a For Women in…

Yay! Prizes! From our benevolent Seed overlords! All you have to do is take part in our Donors Choose campaign. Here’s the scoop: Seed has agreed to do prize drawings again this year for donors who give to DonorsChoose, beginning this Friday [10/17/08]. We’ll be giving away 50 Seed mag subscriptions and about 15 or…

New Books of Interest

I found out about these two books from the Chronicle Review; haven’t read either one, but they looked interesting and some of you may want to check them out. Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing by Jane Margolis The number of African Americans and Latino/as receiving undergraduate and advanced degrees in computer…

Kadath’s Sound Advice To The Lovelorn

When this first came up, I thought it was really outside the scope of my blog. But then I thought about all those stories you hear about women on tech campuses getting “glommed” by clueless nerd boys. I remembered dating catastrophes and tragicomedies from my own undergraduate days, a hundred years ago. And I thought,…

Sciencewomen’s Readers Are Kicking My Ass

I just took a look over at Sciencewomen’s site and see from their sidebar widget than they’ve already raised $395 from 9 readers as I write this. Now, I realize I only got my post up late last night and they’ve had their announcement for DonorsChoose up since early yesterday morning but still. Doesn’t a…

It’s October, and that means it’s DonorsChoose time again! ScienceBlogs bloggers are, once again, participating in the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge. Basically, we ask you, our readers, to help public school teachers across the U.S. fund proposals for classroom supplies, activities, and field trips. It’s a shame we have to ask at all, but our nation’s…

PC vs Mac: Race and Gender in Advertising

There was something that always bothered me about the Mac commercials purporting to show me how hip Mac computers are. It’s that I never really felt included in the world of those ads. Mac computers are personified by a uber-cool geek-chic attractive young white man. PCs, of course take on the flesh of a somewhat…

That would be Ronnie, Becca, Clare, and Andre, who joined me at Farmacia in Philadelphia this past Sunday for a delightful brunch and lots and lots of good talk. Many thanks to the benevolent Seed overlords for subsidizing our little get-together. I had the frittata. . The food was wonderful. I had a blueberry-pomegranate sorbet…