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Please Don’t Disturb My Complacency!

Sooooo….it appears some of you take your comics quite seriously. At least, should one be so foolish as to point out painfully obvious, boringly everyday occurrences of sexism. Danimal asks of Comrade Physioprof: “So you are saying the comic reflects real life?” What Physioprof said is this: “Every single one of the Foxtrots themselves represents…

It’s certainly a tragedy when anyone takes their own life. I feel very sorry for the surviving family members and colleagues affected by the suicides of two U. of Iowa professors accused of sexual harassment who took their own lives last year. And yet. I have little patience with this Chronicle of Higher Education article…

New Grant Program For White Forgetfulness

The National Association of Scholars, in its tireless quest to have the little-noted perspective of the white man represented in our nation’s colleges and universities, has succeeded in getting a pet project funded via the Higher Education Act reauthorization. As reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Why I Shouldn’t Blog

A number of my Sciblings have taken up the challenge of the last “Ask A ScienceBlogger” question, “Why do you blog, and how does blogging help you with your research?” (See for example Alice and Janet and PhysioProf and Grrl and DrugMonkey.) I am not currently involved in research, nor am I even employed, so…

Flextime: It Sets Such A Bad Example!

A friend of mine recently accepted a job in academic administration. He is extremely excited about the job and eager to do good things in his position. He is also a dedicated father and truly shares equal parenting responsibilities with his spouse. His spouse is in a career that is less time-flexible than academia is…

I’ve written in the recent past about why Jim Watson is bad for science, especially the perception non-scientists get of science as a result of his pseudo-scientific racist natterings. I analyzed the reactions within the scientific community to the recent Watson imbroglio. It’s far past time for me to speak up about how Watson’s mess…

David Perlmutter, professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, has a column in the November 2 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education on knowing when to keep a secret. Perlmutter offers up some good advice about…

PZ, You’ve Seriously Disappointed Me

PZ Myers is a really nice person and I love Pharyngula – I just spent a nice half hour reading it, and among other good stuff I encountered there was a link in this post to Robert Hooke’s notebooks online. Very cool indeed, and totally geekalicious. But I’m also aware of this recent distasteful post…

The latest Watson news is that Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has “suspended [his] administrative responsibilities…pending further deliberation by the board.” Watson, meanwhile, has begun the “Did I say that? No! I didn’t mean it!” apologia that usually follows when some noted figure catches hell for being more frank about his or her racist views than…

Washington Post reports on the appointment of Susan Orr: The Bush administration again has appointed a chief of family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who has been critical of contraception.