Wild Dreams

Last night I dreamed…after answering a commenter about why I care about the ## of $$ in my field of science and in general, and where they flow… .and after watching a few too many hours of the DNC… that Joe Biden came into my lab and I was explaining in great detail the difference between hard money and soft money insititutions and how academic science works. It seemed like I knew a lot more about this in my dream than I actually feel like I know in real life.

I know, I’m a geek and a political junkie. I’m through apologizing for that.

Mentoring Junior Faculty

I know, I know- at least two weeks without a blog post worth reading- and now two in one day- although I am not presuming that you will find these two worth reading. What can I say- when it rains it pours sometimes.

I’ve been thinking about mentoring of junior faculty- this has been in the back of my mind for about a year, and started a slow boil in the last month since my third year Continue reading

Writer’s block

Writer’s block…does this ever happen to you guys? It happens to me and it is especially terrible.

The weird thing is that I am not blocked on all fronts- just on one grant application that is especially pressing right now. I am doing a ton of writing this summer, and this will continue into the fall. Yesterday I edited a paper that a collaborator and I Continue reading

It’s not discipline… it’s assault and battery.

I’m going to take a step away from career/science posting for two seconds- because something I read this morning made me mad. Threaten and strike and adult, and it is a crime called assault and battery- do the same thing to a CHILD and we call it ‘discipline’.

WTF, people!?!

When I get over my outrage I’ll get back to sticking to topics I really know something about.

I’d like to thank the academy…(updated)

Or maybe just Mad Hatter for nominating me for this meme award! I have no idea what it is or what I might have done to deserve it… I’m just slogging along letting you all see my dirty science laundry once in a while in the hopes that you won’t make the same mistakes…and I love that shiny crystal thing in the picture and I always wanted to be ‘brilliante’…

The rules for passing the award along:

  1. Put the logo on your blog
  2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
  3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
  4. Add links to these blogs on your bl og
  5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

I nominate…

Sciencemama & Bean, Professor Chaos, R.E.S.E.A.R.C.H.E.R.S.,

ChemicalbiLOLogy, he he he…. The Alternative Scientist, Thesis with Children, …and I’m too fatigued to hit 7…

how could I forget Dr. J and Mrs. H….

Run up to the school year…

So we had our little vacation with friends… 4 days in California, which included a day at Disneyland. I never really got the whole ‘theme park’ thing- and although I felt like I should take the kids once, and we had fun there… I’m happy to say that we had just as much fun (if not more) the next day at the beach. My older daughter LOVED splash mountain- my younger daughter told me her knees were shaking because she was scared (that was after the big drop for those of you that have been). Continue reading

Work Life Balance in practice.

It is hard for me to believe, but summer vacation is almost over and school will begin for the kids in a couple of weeks. I have submitted two papers and a grant, attended two meetings, reviewed two papers, hired a nanny for the year, interviewed piano teachers, and now the girls and I are going on a short vacation with friends and grandparents. The suitcases are 1/2 packed and I should probably finish that in the next hour before we leave. The girls are big enough now so that traveling with them does not require an entire suitcase of activities and food- although…. come to think of it- maybe it does but they just carry their own activities now.

Anyway- I’ll return in a few days. Hopefully with a more cheerful perspective on things! I leave you with this, a little humor from the Science Creative Quarterly…and my all time favorite…

Firebombings and such.

I’ve been very disturbed about the recent events at UC Santa Cruz where the homes of researchers were firebombed by animal rights activists. I can’t imagine a threat to my family like this. I just can’t even imagine it, it is so horrible.

Drugmonkey has a nice post up about this topic- and well, since I actually teach a couple of hours on the ethical use of animals in research to graduate students in biomedical sciences, medical students and sometimes undergraduates, I thought I would add my two cents worth as well. Continue reading