Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for November, 2008

See You In A Few Weeks…

Tomorrow I’m off to western Pennsylvania, for a week with mom. Taking her to some doctor appointments, but more importantly, finishing up the planning and preparation for her 80th birthday party, which we will celebrate on Saturday the 6th. After the party I’ll be back home for just a few days and then off on…

Picturing Malia Obama in the White House

Tonight I watched the Barbara Walters interview with Barack and Michelle Obama. They were talking about their daughters’ reactions to the White House, and shared a story about Malia. She said that she had thought that the White House would be an untouchable place, where you would be afraid to touch anything, but it wasn’t…

Mr. Z and I went to see “Quantum of Solace” last Friday night. The cineplex was packed and teeming with Twi-hards. I went into the bathroom and found three of them before the mirror, primping and fixing their carefully coiffed hairdos. And what hair they had! Long hair, thick hair, shiny hair, healthy hair. It…

Caffeine Really Is A Drug!

I’ve been essentially caffeine-free for about five years now. After my stroke, when the migraines got progressively worse, all sorts of things that never bothered me before suddenly began serving as migraine triggers. Peanut butter. Bananas. Yoghurt. Onions. And caffeine. Now, caffeinated soft drinks I can do without. In fact, I can do without soft…

I haven’t done a meme in forever. I was going to spend time today writing something substantive in response to the many thoughtful comments on my blog post on the proper way to be a woman in science. Or on some new topic. But instead I’m producing a response to this meme. Blame PhysioProf.

Radio Stories and a Web Resource

These may be of interest to readers of this blog: A new web resource, that’s really a catalog of many resources: [Ruta Sevo has] posted about 100 recommended resources on women in science and engineering, organized into small chunks, calling it “10 x 10 List.” When you use Google to find things, or a large…

The Proper Way To Be A Woman In Science

Though university administrators seem to be widely reviled among faculty members, one of the best jobs I ever had was in administration. Many wonderful opportunities came my way; possibly the most mind-stretching, exhilarating, and rewarding of these was the chance to spend four weeks attending the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, held…

Earth Science, With Kids

Late last month the Chronicle ran a neat piece in its Careers section, titled Mothers in the Field. It’s not behind a paywall – yay! Joan Ramage Macdonald, assistant professor of geology at Lehigh University, and Maura E. Sullivan, PhD candidate in ecology at the same university, write about their experiences taking their young children…

They Should Call It “Tree-of-Hell”

At this point in the fall, most things in my garden have closed up shop till next spring. Oh, there are some chrysanthemums blooming, and the Virginia sweetspire and chokeberry tree have put on their fiery fall colors, but there’s not much in the way of growth going on. Except for the evil invasives. Sunday…

According to the Chronicle Newsblog Female professors at the University of Texas at Austin earned an average of $9,028 less than their male counterparts in 2007, and senior female faculty members there feel more isolated and less recognized for their work than do their male colleagues. You can find the full report here and a…