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Well, February has come and gone, Black History Month is over for another year, and we’ve had the first round of the Diversity in Science carnival. I am sure some of you who blog may have thought about contributing to this carnival but didn’t for a variety of reasons. Maybe, like me, you had family…

An Example of On-The-Spot Networking/Mentoring

Over at Sciencewomen, Alice has a post up on the topic of colleagiality that includes the story of a casual encounter with a very nice outcome:

Seed’s “Rightful Place” Project

Perhaps you have noticed our newly redesigned front page, and on that page, a link to the Rightful Place Project. In his inaugural address, President Obama promised to restore science to its “rightful place”. Seed Media Group is starting a dialog in response, asking the question “What is science’s rightful place?”, through Seed Magazine and…

It drives me nuts that there are so many great articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education – behind a paywall, where you can’t see them unless you have a subscription. The December 19th issue had a great essay, In Search of New Frontiers: How Scholars Generate Ideas. If you have a subscription, that link…

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…

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,…

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…

Guide to Tenure for Black Academics

Via the AWIS Washington Wire, this news of interest to young black academics: In The Black-American’s Guide for Winning Tenure – Without Losing Your Soul, authors Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy provide dos, don’ts, advice and support. One of the tips in the Q&A with Rockquemore includes being proactive rather than reactive in creating…

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.…

You all may be aware of the moronically stupid column by John Tierney that ran in the NY Times recently, an opinion piece disguised as reporting. I haven’t had a chance yet to give my own response to this piece of tripe, or to show you how it is but one more piece in Christina…