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One month on, how have you helped female sci-comms?

‘Twas but a month ago that Kate Clancy stirred up the world of science writers with her post-#scio11-post “Even when we want something, we need to hide it” (which itself was the product of #scio11 discussions weeks before).  She certainly didn’t mean to, but it set off a polite firestorm focusing on treatment of women in science and online that is frankly...

The New GOP War on Science: Here’s your Future

In the past month we have seen an almost unprecedented call for cuts to science and innovation programs from the new House GOP freshmen. They are young and spunky, and misguided.  There’s been calls to cripple the NIH,  demands to defund our IPCC involvement (even though they can’t get the numbers right),  and even hamstring the DOE’s Office of Science...

Microblogging for Science – I’ll Tumblr For Ya

Remember recently when for the . . . what was it, 9th time? . . . some poor NY Times lackey got picked to write this month’s “Blogs R Ded” article? This isn’t about refuting that, because A) it’s ridonkulous, and B) Scott Rosenberg already took the pot on that one. It struck me while reading the fallout that despite how savvy, talented and productive...

Best of the Rest – March 11, 2011

It was a huge week for Tumblr. Why? Because I wrote nice things about it and why it is so important to science education and science communication! Here’s some other highlights from the Tumblr-sphere this week: Folks on Tumblr got pretty excited to hear about the supposed E.T.’s in meteorites, but when that proved to be bullshit the network really...

My heart has officially just melted.

OMG!!! I adore and love science! I have learned landforms, mountains, volcanoes, plains and oceans. I love science because everything is real. So so many things can happen. My favorite thing about it is pretty much everything! Also without lakes and rivers I would have no water to drink. That would be outrageously horrible! – Sarah, age 7 This quote...

Update on Project “Niece-spiration” . . . You all ROCK!

Last week, I posted a heartwarming little note passed on to me from my niece’s latest parent-teacher conference detailing her love for science. It was OMG-worthy. In that post I wondered aloud what I could do to make sure this 7 year-old budding scientist kept the fire of interest burning for science, and I was amazed by the response! Thank you to everyone...

On Beards, Biology, and Being a Real American (Cross-Post from LabSpaces)

I was on a little bit of a post-vacation downer this past week. Only, I didn’t actually go anywhere. Instead, the SXSW music (and arts and interactive and style) festival came to me, right at home in Austin, TX. It was a week of uplifting musical and artistic expression emanating from every street corner and bar in town, and much of could even be classified...

“There’s no crying in baseball” . . . the status quo of Ph.D. programs?

In recent weeks there has been a ton of newfound attention directed at how US Ph.D. programs are structured. Are they doing what they are intended to do? Are the numbers of doctorate degrees being awarded realistic when compared to available jobs? Does the system need an overhaul, or worse, a complete re-design from the ground up? Are they merely black...

Too many damned trainees . . . Time for a new job/degree class?

Among grad student trainees nationwide, pipettor-swollen joints are aching, a sure indicator of a coming shitstorm rolling in over the plains. The recent hullabaloo about Ph.D. programs and the sustainability of their job structure seems to be gathering more vocal adrenaline. It seems like this issue is finally going to rise above “whispered coffee...

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This isn’t my primary blog these days. Things are pretty busy over on my (increasingly popular) Tumblr page. Thanks for reading my stuff, and feel free to look through the archive! If you’d like to contact me to talk about science, science communication, or whiskey, see you on Twitter.

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