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Links for 4-3-2009

Scads of stuff I don't have time to blog adequately...

  • Johns Hopkins Provost Kristina Johnson was nominated by President Obama to be under secretary of the Department of Energy in mid-March. From the email press release:

    She is a distinguished researcher, best known for pioneering work -- with widespread scientific and commercial application -- in the field of "smart pixel arrays." Last year, she was awarded the John Fritz Medal, widely considered the highest award in engineering and previously given to Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, George Westinghouse and Orville Wright. She is an entrepreneur and has served with distinction as dean of engineering at Duke and, since 2007, as provost at Johns Hopkins.

    I should have blogged that for the last Diversity in Science carnival!

  • Isis smacks down the whiny jerkwads always complaining about "illegals" stealing "our jobs". You know, the ones the whiny jerkwads don't want to do.
  • Bean-mom left this very meaty comment three days ago on the motherhood/science careers issue,and it got lost in moderation. Check it out. Also check out her blog!

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Links for 03-20-2009

NSF ADVANCE Workshop For Women Transitioning to Academic Careers

The University of Washington's ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change received an award from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program to hold professional development workshops for Ph.D.-level women in industry, research labs, consulting, or national labs who are interested in transitioning to academic careers in STEM. The first workshop will be held October 18- 20, 2009.
This workshop will be very helpful to women interested in making the transition to academia. The workshop speakers will primarily be successful women faculty members who began their post-Ph.D. careers in industry, research labs, consulting, or national labs. The attendees, speakers, and workshop organizers will form a community who can support each other during the job application period, the interview process, the startup negotiations, and the first years in academia.
Please note, this workshop is NOT designed for research faculty, PhD students, graduate students, or post-docs on university campuses. It is instead targeted toward women who hold Ph.D.s and are currently working in industry, research labs, consulting, or national labs.
The workshops will be limited to 30 participants. Registration is free and some travel funding for airfare and hotel will be available.

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Links for 3-10-2009

Mar 10 2009 Published by under Blog I Am Reading Today, Gardening For Life, Linkfest

I found Light-skinned-ed Girl via Acmegirl's blogroll. Lots of good stuff about the process of writing, quotes from writers, and the experience of being biracial. I like her idea about the Oscars for books. That is an awards ceremony I would definitely watch!
Black on Campus has a post about Lisa Jackson, chemical engineer, and head of the EPA, with links to several articles about her. Also check out the post on (Not So) Affirmative Action, wherein names are named of the selective admissions schools who admit Black students at a lower rate than other students. You don't hear the likes of Roger Clegg and David Horowitz complaining about that though, now do you?
Via Urban Science Adventures! I found The Urban Birder. Don't tell Grrl, but until recently I was not very much for birds. My younger sister has been a big fan of birds for a long time, though, and a few years ago she moved to a place where she is not allowed to erect a bird feeder or even have a waterbath for the birds. (I think this sort of restrictive renter's rule should be illegal.) When I was still living in Kansas, I acquired a birdbath and a feeder and pole, and began ministering to the local birds in a haphazard fashion, mostly in honor of my sister who could not feed them. Being the complete bird idiot that I was, I did not realize that it was a bad idea to start feeding the birds for the winter unless you were going to dedicate yourself to tending to them regularly all winter long. So this past winter I invested in more and better feeders, a wider variety of feed, and set myself to a feeder replenishment schedule. And darn if the little birdies haven't captured my heart. My sister gave me a bird book and I have even been using it to identify a few of the creatures who've shown up at my feeder, including the American Goldfinch and the common woodpecker. There's another woodpecker who's come by a few times but I haven't identified what kind yet. Of course I get cardinals, male and female, and there are some sort of largish dove-like creatures that search the ground for feeder-droppings. So I've started putting out a plate of seed for them. (They share with the squirrels.) Mr. Z has taken to calling me Bird Mama. I'm really completely ignorant about birds, except I know that watching them at the feeder gives me pleasure and lowers my blood pressure. And when the folks come from Yellow Springs Farm in two weeks to do my landscape consulting, I'll be asking them to consider how to make the yard more bird-friendly. Wow, this totally turned into a bird post! Here's a picture of the critters at my feeder during the last snowfall we had.
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Links for 6-30-2008

Jun 30 2008 Published by under Linkfest

The comics rawked last week! Gracie signed off as the engineer on plans for the bike ramp she constructed for her brother Baldo and his friend. Gracie, you are awesome! Read the strips for June 24 and 25, too. I want more Gracie with my Baldo!
The Chronicle News Blog reports that India will now have quotas for faculty positions at its prestigious engineering universities, for members of the so-called lower castes and classes. You can tell we really are living in a global society; the same whiny rhetoric about how the entry of those unmeritorious Others will destroy all we hold sacred you get in the U.S. pops right up in this context, too. Just read the comments.
Revised data tables are available now for the 2006 Survey of Earned Doctorates. You need to request them, NOW. Fairer Science explains why.
Alia Sabur is the overachiever of the year. No, the century! Millenium?? Take that, you wackaloons who whine about how women can't do math 'cause their brains are all full of estrogen. She's brilliant, has a thing for social justice and mentoring young girls, and she's pretty, not that that matters, as Jerry Seinfeld might say. Hat tip to Physioprof!
William Saletan explains why the search for a biological basis of homosexuality not only won't help convince evangelical wackaloons that it's normal - it might make things even worse. He ends with this chilling summary:

Liberals are slow to see what's coming. They're still fighting the culture war. The Toronto Star, like other papers, finds a neuroscientist who thinks the new study "should erode the moral judgments often made against homosexual preferences and rebut any argument that it is a mere a lifestyle choice." Well, yes. But then what? The reduction of homosexuality to neurobiology doesn't mean your sexual orientation can't be controlled. It just means the person controlling it won't be you.

Via the AWIS Washington Wire, a report in Inside Higher Ed about salary gaps for faculty.

Numerous studies evidence a gender-gap in faculty salaries, even when other variables, beyond bias, are controlled. Many explanatory theories look at events over a lifetime but a recent study suggests that women faculty begin their careers at a salary disadvantage. The study, "Pay Inequities for Recently Hired Faculty, 1988-2004," found men and women hired into four-year colleges started at comparable salaries. The exception to this trend: research universities, where women start out earning an unexplainable 9 percent less than men. For all full-time faculty as opposed to those just starting their careers, there is a 5 percent gap in favor of men. For both the early career and full faculty groups, controls were used to reflect disciplines, years since bachelor's degree, research productivity and a range of other factors, with the goal of focusing on "unexplained" wage gaps. The study also found some evidence of a salary gap in favor of new black and Latino professors. An unanswered question is where black and Latina women fall in this study.

The quote is from the Washington Wire synopsis of the article, not the article itself.
George Carlin and seven dirty words...dude, the world really needs more people like you, or at least fewer with easily offended tender sensibilities.

And that's all the links I feel like rounding up today.

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Links for 6-16-08

Jun 16 2008 Published by under Linkfest

Some time ago Penny called my attention to this post by Liz Henry regarding the erasure of women from the tech community via language. I loved it, not least because her most excellent rant includes one of my own pet peeves:

All of this just yanks my chain big time, like when people say in talks and demos, "It's so easy, my MOM can do it." (And then everyone in the audience laughs knowingly.) Like moms are the dumbest people ever. My pet peeve at technical conferences. I am a mom!

Preach it, sister.
If you've been wanting a guide to help you parse Christian right anti-gay rhetoric and what it has to do with politics today, look no more. The definitive work is Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right by Cynthia Burack. This is not a dry scholarly tome, nor is it written in academese. Very readable and unexpectedly humorous in places, it is informative and timely.
I should have blogged this back in April, but Fairer Science has a new section on building web communities. It includes a section on using women in science blogs to encourage young girls in science.
How's your bias literacy? Ruta Sevo and Daryl Chubin have put together a primer of sorts. You can download it here.
The 2008 WEPAN conference proceedings can be found here.
That's all for now. I hope you'll find some or all of these interesting!

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Links for 4-3-2008

Physioprof weighs in on the issue of pseudonymous blogging and "blogging while female" phenomenon. It's a good read.
Peter Sagal, who hosts NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" has a piece on gender inequity in Whoville. It's awesome. An excerpt:

And there's this -- not only does the movie [Horton Hears a Who] end with father and son embracing, while the 96 daughters are, I guess, playing in a well, somewhere, but the son earns his father's love by saving the world. Boys get to save the world, and girls get to stand there and say, I knew you could do it. How did they know he could do it? Maybe because they watched every other movie ever made?

Hat tip to Karen Petersen of the National Girls Collaborative Project, via the WEPAN listserv, for that one.
Why didn't I ever think about bribing my doctoral adviser?

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Pseudonymous Writing: Two Views

Mar 31 2008 Published by under Daily Struggles, Linkfest, What They're Saying

Pseudonymous blogging - and commenting - is common. Some like it, some don't; some see the need for it, some don't. Whatever side you're on, you might be interested in these two recent columns from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Against pseudonymous writing
For pseudonymous writing

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Some More Links for 3-17-2008

Good stuff from the AWIS Washington Wire:
A new website on reducing stereotype threat.
The engineering of ice cream, from Yale's first female dean of engineering.
"More than half the women in the world live in countries that have made no progress in gender equity in recent years. " See the Gender Equity Index website for more information.
"Women in Europe earn about 43% of doctoral degrees in science, but hold only 15% of senior academic positions." More info in this report.

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Links for 3-17-2008

Mar 17 2008 Published by under Linkfest, What They're Saying

You just have to read Non Sequitur today. It's a great strip in general but I really liked today's comic for reasons that will be obvious to you.
Lab Cat has announced a Fortnight-long Food Fest.

In fact I am so excited about food and my "F" that I am having a food fest for the next two weeks. I am not going to promise that I will only post about food*, but I am going to try to center my blog around food science, food, molecular gastronomy. If you want to join in my Fortnight-long Food Fest, post a link in the comments.

That's Lab Cat's comments, not mine, of course.
The Science Debate 2008 folks held a press conference in Philadelphia last Friday, at the Franklin Institute. (I wasn't able to attend, which was a bummer for me.) You can watch the press conference here. The press conference is about 30 minutes long. Are the candidates listening? I hope so. One of the more interesting reasons I heard given for why the candidates should debate is that preparation for the debate would take at least 40 hours. That's 40 hours more that the candidates would spend learning about science & technology issues facing the nation than they would otherwise.
Bill Gates testified to Congress last week. Bill says we must prioritize four fundamental goals:

  1. Strengthening educational opportunities, so that America's students and workers have the skills they need to succeed in the technology- and information-driven economy of today and tomorrow;
  2. Revamping immigration rules for highly skilled workers, so that U.S. companies can attract and retain the world's best scientific talent;
  3. Increasing federal funding for basic scientific research, to train the next generation of innovators and provide the raw material for further innovation and development by industry; and
  4. Providing incentives for private-sector R&D, so that American businesses remain at the forefront in developing new technologies and turning them into new products and services.

Dan Greenberg is annoyed because he thinks this is the same old scare-mongering about a shortage of scientists and engineers that never materializes, and is only designed to provide university research budget increases and relaxed immigration rules so that companies can hire cheap foreign labor. I don't think this is exactly what Bill Gates is saying but you can decide for yourself. Well, except maybe the "revamping immigration rules for highly skilled workers" bit.
Greenberg writes for the Chronicle's Brainstorm blog, commenting on science and technology policy and politics. He usually has something interesting to say.

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Links for 3-6-2008

Bora has posted an interview with me at A Blog Around the Clock. See here for all the interviews in the series. He keeps adding new ones so check back now and then.
Via the Chronicle news blog, I found this wonderful site with all of Audobon's paintings of North American birds. Bird lovers, rejoice! Thank you, University of Pittsburgh!
Again via the CNB, The Scientist has named names - the best places for postdocs to work. The Chronicle advises:

Read the fine print: Only 17 international institutions (and 82 in the United States) received five or more survey responses; the magazine did not rank those that received fewer entries.

It would be cool to see a similar survey of "best places to work if you are a member of an underrepresented group." Would it come out the same???
Amazon thinks I would like this book. It does look interesting.

Objectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences--and show how the concept differs from its alternatives, truth-to-nature and trained judgment. This is a story of lofty epistemic ideals fused with workaday practices in the making of scientific images.

Also sounds like it would feature plenty of nifty illustrations. I shall read it, of course, in my spare time, after finishing all my other TBR books.

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