Victory Dance

Sometimes you have to do one.

Right now, as the academic science world is undergoing its own little armageddon…..grant getting is just shit as the funding line is in free fall, people are dropping from the field like flies, and jobs are non-existent….. and all that can seriously get a mid-career academic scientist down.

But, on the other hand… we have two manuscripts (that I totally dig) well on the way to acceptance, two trainees that are on FIRE (not literally, in a good way). We have two R01s in prep for which I’ve decided to solicit the most honest and brutal feedback- and my colleagues have totally stepped up for that.

Yeah, I know – the big picture is still the same- but we have to focus on these little milestones when we can.

On representation at meetings…CSHL Microbial Pathogenesis 2013

To take a page from Jonathan Eisen’s book….I started looking at some of the top meetings in my own field to gauge the representation of women on the invited speaker list…. Let’s start with some of the premier meetings in our field…. those where the biggest of the big present, attend and send their trainees…

I give you the invited speaker list for the 2013 Cold Spring Harbor Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response Meeting… girls in red

Keynote Speaker
Jeffrey Gordon, Washington University

Invited Speakers
Theresa Koehler, University of Texas, Houston
Brendan Cormack, Johns Hopkins University
Raphael Valdivia, Duke University
Christopher Sassetti, University of Massachusetts
Russell Vance, University of California, Berkeley
Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, University of Chicago
John Rawls, Duke University
Anthony Richardson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Craig Roy, Yale University

Don Sheppard, McGill University, Canada
Suzanne Noble, University of California, San Francisco
Gerry Wright, McMaster University, Canada
Jeffery Cox, University of California, San Francisco
Terry Roemer, Merck Frosst Center for Therapeutic Research, Canada
Lori BurrowsMcMaster University, Canada
Pradeep Singh, University of Washington

That’s 4 girls (that I can tell), out of 17 total.

C’mon – we can surely do better than this.