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A Circular Life

May 31 2009 Published by under Daily Struggles, Gardening For Life, Scientiae Carnival

Scientiae wants to know what keeps us moving forward in our science, work, and life. I am not a practicing scientist right now, and I don't have a job, so I guess this will have to focus on life.

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Call For Contributions for June Scientiae

May 12 2009 Published by under Announcements, Scientiae Carnival

The next edition of Scientiae, the carnival in support of women in STEM, will be hosted by Alice and Sciencewoman on their Sciencewomen blog during the first week of June. The theme for the carnival will be Moving Forward, and you can find details about the carnival, ideas for submissions, etc. by checking out this post. Deadline is midnight UTC on May 31.
I hope I can get my act together this month and contribute. I have not been very good about this the last several months...too much going on IRL. I didn't even manage to get up an announcement about May's Scientiae, but you can find it, in two parts, here and here.

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April Scientiae at Candid Engineer

Apr 07 2009 Published by under Announcements, Scientiae Carnival

Darn it, another Scientiae missed by me. But you don't have to miss reading it! Head on over to Candid Engineer and check it out! Topic is We Rise Up: Overcoming Challenges. Jane's contribution is heartrending at the same time it is inspiring.
And if you want to volunteer to host May's carnival, let them know with an email to scientiaecarnival [a] gmail [dt] com.

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New Blog Carnival Announcements - I'm A Day (or more) Late and a Dollar Short

Very often in my life I find myself in the situation my dad used to describe as "a day late and a dollar short". So it is once more. This past month I have allowed preoccupation with a number of issues, some familiar some not, to get squarely in the way of blogging. And out of the past 22 days, eight of them came with migraines. So what with one thing and another, I find myself arrived at nearly the end of February, and not only have I not managed to write my post for Danielle Lee's exciting new blog carnival, I haven't even managed to post an announcement about it. I am pathetic. Danielle, who writes the extraordinary Urban Science Adventures, said

I'm introducing a new Blog Carnival - Diversity in Science. Blogs of every genre are invited to write a special feature post about a person who is a pioneer and/or innovator in any of the amazing fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Tell us all about him/her?
How has this person impacted field of STEM and/or inspired you?
Or why is his/her story interesting?

With this being Black History Month, the inaugural carnival will be about African-American Innovators. Simply post a fabulous essay about any science hero past or present and submit it to the carnival. Deadline is Friday, February 20th. I'll host this first edition of Diversity in Science on Tuesday, February 24.

You can see I have missed the deadline. Fortunately many other bloggers, including many ScienceBloggers, have not. I'm still going to write something and maybe Danielle will take pity on me. A lot of contributors have left links in the comments to Danielle's carnival announcement post so you can get a sneak preview to the carnival if you want.
I also missed contributing to, or even saying anything about, February's Scientiae, which you can find here at Fairer Science. Fairer Science is written by one of my most favorite people, Pat Campbell, so I'm doubly chagrined to have been so off compass this past month. The theme for February was "Our dreams for a better, more equitable society".
And it's practically time for March's Scientiae, hosted by Liberal Arts Lady, with the theme "Role Models of Women Making History". I have half a chance of meeting the deadline for this one!

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Call for September Scientiae

Aug 15 2008 Published by under Scientiae Carnival

Lab Cat is hosting the next Scientiae, and her theme is My Summer Vacation!

Even for those not in education or with children, September means the end of summer so this Scientiae gives one more chance to look back over the summer to relive some enjoyable experiences, or assess how well we achieved our goals. Did we get everything done we had hoped? Did we have fun? Did any one go some where exotic or exciting?
You can write about anything to do with summer - for example, pick your best experience this year or talk about what summers and vacations mean to you in general. Feel free to use a post you have already posted; this year I have read some great summer vacation posts. As always, you are free to ignore the theme and write about anything to do with women in science and your posts will still be considered for Scientiae.
Please submit posts in the traditional manner by 8 am (EST) August 30th 2008. I am going to laboring over Scientiae over Labor Weekend [sorry couldn't resist] and I want it up by Sept 1 as I start teaching again Sept 2 [yah] and will not have any time after Labor Day.
I cannot wait to read your posts!

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In Which Time and Energy Turn Out To Be Finite

Jul 29 2008 Published by under Scientiae Carnival, Tales From The Coal Patch

The theme for August's Scientiae is transitions. All month long I thought I would write something about the transition that was forced on me some time ago, to which I am still not quite adapted: from happy participant in the paid workforce to migraineur on disability. But as it happens, I've got other things on my mind.
The major transition in my life this past year has been helping my mother move from the house she lived in all her life to an assisted living facility. It's not just been a transition for her; it's affected the whole family. The very notion of a stable "home place" has been taken from us, as I've blogged about. Of course that notion was an illusion, but now the illusion is gone.
I think what I was least prepared for, or least expected, in this new phase, was how much my mother would occupy my thoughts, how much time I would be devoting to her needs. Looking back, I think I naively expected that the height of the transition period - finding an AL facility, cobbling together home care for mom till a place was identified and she could move in, making the arrangements for her move, carrying out the move and settling her in - would of course be exhausting and time consuming, but then everything would settle down, she'd be cared for in the AL facility, and life (for me) would more or less go back to normal.

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Addition To June Scientiae

Jun 11 2008 Published by under Scientiae Carnival

Hey folks, over at the carnival I missed one entry that got caught in my spam filter.
JaneB at Now, What Was I Doing? muses on how traditional success criteria lead to uneven weight distributions:

The lesson I'm trying to learn this year and next is that when I try to 'play the game' using externally set values for the things I do and am, I will be off balance - the weights of the different parts of my life will be wrongly distributed. It is up to me to recognise the true weight of things, and to distribute them appropriately for efficient and enjoyable carrying.

This is a really excellent entry, do go read it.

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June Scientiae - Added Weight: Taking Up Space

Jun 07 2008 Published by under Scientiae Carnival

UPDATE: I missed one entry because it got caught in my spam filter. JaneB at Now, What Was I Doing? muses on how traditional success criteria lead to uneven weight distributions:

The lesson I'm trying to learn this year and next is that when I try to 'play the game' using externally set values for the things I do and am, I will be off balance - the weights of the different parts of my life will be wrongly distributed. It is up to me to recognise the true weight of things, and to distribute them appropriately for efficient and enjoyable carrying.

This is a really excellent entry, do go read it.

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It was a pleasure reading all the contributions to this month's Scientiae - one of the perks of hosting, spending time contemplating a batch of fab writing by women in science. And judging by your contributions, you really are a very fab bunch. I cannot believe how much you all manage to do with only 24 hours in each day. Just knowing you are all out there, each doing your part to change the face of science (literally and figuratively), makes Zuska a happy lady.
But without further ado, let's get on to the carnival!

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Scientiae May and June...

May 19 2008 Published by under Announcements, Scientiae Carnival

I missed contributing to the last Scientiae, which is up over at Flicka Mawa's pad, and deals with Career Paths, Perspective, and Changing Self Image. Scientiae is always great; go and read.
I am the host of the June carnival, and finally got my call for posts up at Scientiae. The call is reproduced here after the jump. Posts aren't due till June 6.

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April Scientiae Is Here!

Scientiae's April Carnival is now up - actually has been up for a few days while I've been off having migraines. Peggy has done an excellent job with many thought-provoking submissions. I particularly like Mrs. Whatsit's ponderings on what it what it means to "have the balls". And I positively swooned on reading Liz Henry's submission. That's some writing after Zuska's own heart! Here's a delicious excerpt:

You can see two assumptions set up here:

  • Women who like computers are ugly.

  • It fucking matters.

and

It's tokenizing; it's like suggesting women are only in tech because of Affirmative Action By Boyfriend.

Read it, read it, so much righteous anger combined with fantastic writing must be read!
Finally, here's the call for next month's Scientiae. Flicka Mawa wants to know how our views of ourselves and our careers have changed over time. Whoa, that will be a particularly difficult topic for me. Hopefully I'll be able to get something written inbetween migraines which are just plaguing me these days.

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I'm Definitely In Need of Renewal of Some Sort!

Feb 28 2008 Published by under Daily Struggles, Scientiae Carnival

Skookumchick wants me to talk about renewal for the March Scientiae. I will try, though I'm sure this would be much easier for me if I had already undergone some form of said renewal.
What do I find compelling about the work I do? What do I hope for?
I would say I hope for a day when I have no reason to continue writing this blog. I'm not expecting that to happen anytime soon, however. So, instead I will hope for the strength to continue writing. You can't believe how enervating it is sometimes to think about gender and science on a sustained basis. I think I said on this blog somewhere before, it's not like when I was little I said to myself "gee, I hope when I grow up I will get to spend large amounts of time thinking about how crappy things are for women in science and engineering!"
And yet...I still find it compelling to do this work, because there is so much that needs attending to, and because many of you write to me and tell me that it makes some sort of difference that I produce this blog. Progress is still intolerably slow, and yet having this conversation is good for all of us, isn't it? Blogging lets me say out loud all the things that have been making me crazy for years about Science and Engineering Land. Here's a modest hope for 2008: that the number of cranky commenters who think I ought to try being nice and sweet if I want anybody to listen to me will be just slightly fewer than in 2007.
What will get me through this year?

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November Scientiae Is Here!

Nov 01 2007 Published by under Announcements, Scientiae Carnival

Yes, it's November 1, and that means Scientiae time! Over at Yami's place, Green Gabbro.
I begged and begged my fellow male Sciblings to take up Yami's challenge and participate in this Scientiae, and two - count 'em, two! - of them responded! Kudos to Abel Pharmboy at Terra Sigillata and Chris Rowan at Highly Allochthonous. Which is better than none, and I am sure the others were preoccupied with many pressing tasks, and will find time on some other day to ponder gender issues. I should also note the two posts that Bill Hooker at Open Reading Frame contributed.
Yami's version of the carnival is very good; you'll find plenty to keep you thinking!

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It Helps To Speak The Language When You're Thinking About Gender

When I was a postdoctoral student my supervisor sent me for three or four days to what we participants called "cancer camp". It was a mini-course on the histopathbiology of cancer. We learned to interpret pathology slides, how to look at them, read them, identify cancer in all its various forms and stages. We were taught the vocabulary that pathologists use. Just as importantly, we were taught how to see. How to understand what it was we were looking at, to tease the meaning out of the brightly colored and oddly shaped masses we were looking at in the microscope. Without being taught how to interpret what we were seeing, the pathology slides would have made no sense to us, and the vocabulary would have been useless.
A few years before cancer camp, when I was still a graduate student, I took my first women's studies course, on the history of feminist thought. In that course I also learned a vocabulary and a way of seeing that let me look at things that previously made no sense to me and make meaning out of them.
But here's the irony:

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Note to Self: Remember Next Scientiae (And That Includes The Guys)

Oct 11 2007 Published by under Announcements, Scientiae Carnival

I completely blanked out on Scientiae for October, so I really don't want to do that again for November. Yami is hosting, and you can find her call for post here. The theme is talking to yourself which god knows I do enough of, sitting home all day with the cats. I mean, don't get me wrong, China and Bodhi are great, but they don't talk back. Except for the occasionally meow-y demand for More Food, Plz.
Yami includes this very reasonable request to all you dude bloggers:

Finally... the past few Scientiae carnivals have been composed entirely of women's voices. While I think it's appropriate that women's voices should dominate the conversation about women's experiences, the job of thinking about gender in science belongs to everyone! I'd like to invite all you equality-minded men scientists to join the fun this time around - how do you talk to yourself about gender, and about your female colleagues?

(Though I feel it is only fair to note that Rob Knop did participate in the August Scientiae.)
So, guys, get busy, and show your support on your blogs, not just in private when nobody's looking.

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October Scientiae is Here !

Geez, have I ever had a bad blogging month. I've not blogged much lately. I completely missed contributing to this month's Scientiae (these last two weeks with Mom took up a lot of time...) And then I completely blanked out that it was even time for Scientiae to be up, until I saw Sciencewoman's announcement. But indeed, the new Scientiae is up, at Wayfarer Scientista, and the topic is mentoring.
Skookumchick offers up a devastating dissection of a mentoring workshop she was required to attend, but which offered zero useful information as to how she could actually acquire or improve graduate student mentoring skills. As always, there's all kinds of other good stuff included in the carnival, too. Enjoy!

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