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Over at A Blog Around the Clock there are a series of posts with great video interviews from ScienceOnline2010, but I’d like to especially point your attention to this one with David Kroll and Damond Nollan, both of North Carolina Central University. It was filmed shortly after their session on “Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial…

Profile: Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover

Guest post from Female Seaside Scientist, for the Diversity in Science Carnival! Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover is a Professor of Marine Biology, Director of the Duke University Marine Lab, and Chair of the Marine Science and Conservation Division at the Nicholas School. Her research combines biogeochemistry, biodiversity, ecology of chemosynthetic deep-sea vent organisms, marine…

Barbara Liskov Wins ACM Turing Award

Just in time for Women’s History Month and the second edition of the Diversity in Science Carnival, the Association for Computing Machinery has announced that the 2008 Turing Award goes to Barbara Liskov! Here’s all the info from the press release: ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Barbara Liskov of the Massachusetts Institute…

First Diversity in Science Carnival is Up!

It’s up and available for reading, people! Go over and enjoy at Urban Science Adventures! This carnival celebrates the people of science and engineering – those who innovate, invent, research, teach, and reach out. This Blog Carnival tells the stories of achievement and perseverance. Why is such a celebration needed? Many reasons, but as Molecular…

Scientists who are still at the bench may not ever think much about administration or, if they do, their thoughts may be markedly negative. And yet administrative work can be both important and personally rewarding and fulfilling, just as much so as bench research. I know, that sounds like sacrilege, but I’ve done both, so…

Gordon Brownell is the person who got me to go to MIT. I had turned down my acceptance at MIT because my then fiance (now ex-husband) did not get in. Dr. Brownell telephoned me himself to ask why I had declined the nuclear engineering department’s offer. When I explained the circumstances, he replied, “oh, is…

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…

Danica McKellar’s New Book

I never got around to reviewing Danica McKellar’s first book, Math Doesn’t Suck, and now she’s got a second one out, Kiss My Math. You gotta love the title at least. I think she’s got a whole franchise going here. Maybe by the time she puts out her calculus book I’ll get my review of…

AWIS Coaching Program

From my email inbox: information about AWIS coaching seminars. Two dates, four times, 45 minutes in length, details after the jump.