Monday, July 17, 2006

Welcome Blogs of Note Readers

Imagine my surprise when I stole a peek at my blog this afternoon and saw all of the new comments. Thanks to my commenters for cluing me in that I am today's "blog of note" on the blogger main page.

For those visiting for the first time, here's a quick idea of what I'm about. I am a PhD candidate (defending in 2 months) in the natural sciences in the Pacific Northwest. My goal is to land a tenure-track position at a Research 1 (R1) university so that I can keep doing the things I love: research, teaching, and mentoring students. As the blog title states, I'm also a woman. Statistically, the chances are low for even the guys to succeed in R1 academia...maybe you've heard of publish or perish? Well, those statistics are even more dismal if you are a woman. Fortunately for me, I've had mostly good in experiences so far, starting with my mother, an amazing single mom woman science professor.

So this blog is a place for me to tell the stories of my life and the lessons I've learned as I navigate toward my goal. If I am doing my writing job well, hopefully those stories provide some measure of comfort, solidarity, or inspiration for other academic women and other aspiring scientists. I also like to share stories I run across in the news about women in science. One way I do this is through my sporadic women in science update, as the news warrants and my time permits. Sometimes I also write about topics related to communicating science, but that doesn't get as much of my time as I would like. One of my goals is to not let my work subsume everything else, so sometimes I write about trying to maintain "balance" or I comment on news stories of general interest to women. And like most people, I need fun too, so I definitely have my occasional fluffy moments.

If this profile sounds appealing, stick around. I try to post at least every other day, and some day this week, I'll be sharing some big news. (But please no public guessing).

49 comments:

Makita said...

Glad to have found your blog (Thanks to Blogger, "Blogs of Note"). I'm also a woman... a wife... a graduate of a PNW University... have a BS in General Science (taught Elem. Science for 4 years where my goal was to inspire other young women to pursue science careers)... would have loved to pursue an advanced degree in Wildlife Sciences or ?? but alas life took me in another direction. Will be checking in to read of your PhD progress. Good luck! :)

jordanbb said...

Just wanted to say good for you and good luck on your PhD!

Anonymous said...

Today I start my own blog (It's in spanish, I'm chilean) and guess what? I'm a female graduate student working on my PhD in mathematics. My defense is in 18 months.
I found your blog when I was creating mine... it is one of many things I'm trying in order to recover my lost balance (In this moment I'm not very well) and when I read a couple of your posts I felt better instantly... I know I'm going to visit your blog frequently from now on... Thank you for the name you choice for the blog... Maybe someday I dare to show mine...

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

Ah, so THAT's why I've gotten so many hits linking from your website. Awesome. Congrats!!

Mme. la Vie said...

Much heartfelt support goes out to you from another female scientist. I'm in my third year in a tenure track position. Hang in there, it's worth it.

I found your blog while creating my first one today. I'm looking forward to following your site... and cheering in 2 months and 3 days.

Dr. Kathy said...

I found your blog on Bloggers of Note. Way to go!! I am also a (social) scientist/practitioner and a woman. I have a blog ( http://drkathyblog.blogspot.com/).
Having defended my dissertation years ago, I know how nerve-wracking it can be. But we all get through it somehow. After my dissertation, I concluded that they just don't let you get that far, if you are not going to make it through the dissertation. So, hang in there. You can do it. You will breathe such a sigh of relief when it is over. Don't for get some deep breathing and positive affirmations before you go in. I'll be cheering for you.
Kathy

BionicBuddha said...

Great Blog...the countdown ticker for you thesis defense is a nice feature. I suppose as a scientist, you will recognize a "causal relationship" between this date and your stress level. Good luck and thanks for sharing!!


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Anonymous said...

I found your blog thanks to blogs of note - great title! Also thanks for the links, particularly to Science+Professor+Woman=Me.

Good luck, keep it up!

Doug said...

yeah that's exactly where I found your blog. It's great to find a person especially a woman who can appreciate blogging and have intelligence. It sure beats those illiterates on myspace

Stacey said...

Awesome blog, I look forward to reading it in depth.
I'm continuing my education this year and this is exactly the sort of blog I was hoping to find. *thank you to whomever made this blog of note*, and to you for publishing it, good luck with your dissertation!

J K said...

I also found this blog on Blogs of Note. I am also in education and taught at a university in Japan for 4 years. I don't have a Ph.D., otherwise I would probably still be there! An MA is just not good enough. hahahaha
Good luck with your disertation defense. Looking foward to reading about your big news.

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Lily said...

I'm very pleased to have come across this blog! As a female physics major who has just finished her first year of college (and almost finished her first research job), I look forward to reading what insights you have into the life of a female scientist!

Adam said...

Congrats on getting to the "blogs of note" list. Going to UK soon to pursue a PhD too - not in Science but in Management. Good luck with your doctoral defense.

BarryB said...

I wish you (and all other female scientists) all the luck in the world. Unfortunately, it seems that the more mathematical the science, the fewer females are involved.

Of course, I do not believe that this is due to lack of innate ability, though there does appear some differences between how young girls take to mathematics versus young boys.

To me, this means that we need to figure out how to teach mathematics and science so as to get slightly more than half our population into the mathematical sciences.

Anonymous said...

Did you read Dr. Barres' recent commentary in Nature regarding women in maths and sciences?

Anonymous said...

Well, of course you did -- sorry just saw the earlier post.

DOOP said...

Congratulations on getting selected as a "blog of note" and I wish you the best of luck with your thesis defense!

I've also been enjoying the rest of your blog and plan on seeing how you progress through academia.

Kate said...

let me give you a tip: when you go looking for a job, be sure the R1 university is established. I got a position at a university that was applying for R1 status... they were very supportive of research until they were granted the designation, then they put their funds elsewhere..... good luck to you!

chunkypeanutbutter said...

hi! i've always been interested in the different kinds of personalities who blog here in Blogger. Will surely be a frequent visitor! :)

Douglas Cootey said...

Having all daughters I am heartened to see a woman working so hard to realize her ambitions in the field of science. You hear about how hard it is for girls to remain interested in academia but it's quite another thing to witness it happening. In my experience, girls are advanced academically in the early years, but then a light goes off in middle school. My daughter has a friend who until this Spring was interested only in grades and math. Now she likes to hang out at the mall and buy clothes. We wonder if she can retain her interest in math while courting the favors of her female peers. Many of her other friends couldn't.

Interesting blog. I think I'll stay around for a while and read what you have to say. Good luck with your ventures.

~Douglas
-=-
The Splintered Mind - Overcoming Neurological Disabilities With Lots Of Humor And Attitude

Anonymous said...

Hi science woman,

Hope you'll make it. And what I hope even more is that you'll manage to stay who you are.

Academia is a horrible place (so many people with sick egos there who are hell on their students), but a lot more so in Europe (where academia is also still very elitist, depends a bit on country etc) (I have worked on phDs in the US as well). But what I find even more discouraging is that within a few years, women in academia become as horrible as the people they used to comment on. Gone is the emphasis on science and all they still want do is play stupid power games and put other people down to boost their little egos (that take so much crap on a daily basis).

I left. After 3 PhD attempts, I left academia. I think I really loved science, and I guess I still do and I gave up a LOT for it. I don't think it was worth it. A bunch of criminals in academia basically ended it all for me (was pressured to start sleeping around in return for a PhD; as a foreign student in the US, you're totally defenseless in such a situation as your entire livelihood depends on those people).

gretchen said...

Just as I was getting in to blog for my Issues and Ethics class, I ran across you, soon to be Docta! Fantastic to see that you are pursuing your passion (you are, I hope). I am but a psychoscience teacher at the middle school level...and I love my kids dearly. I hear you, of course you do, it's July and you haven't been in the classroom since the end of May! True...and I am in denial about upcoming duty-days. Oh, well! I tried to get out of the field of educating the young minds, but somehow, "HP" hit me right between the eyes and told me what to do. And for my experience, when I asked "HP" what my purpose was, well, it was certainly time to grab hold tight! ;)
OK, off I go to get my articles read and blogged on.
Thanks for you inspiration, and "Right On!" I'm rambling on in the midwest! g

Palister9 said...

hi.. just want to say good luck for your pHD.. i got my bachelor 2 years ago and now planning to get a master... anyway.. go for it!!! cheers.. :P

http://palister9.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Hello,

I wish you the best in completing your thesis-I obtained my PhD in chemistry 13 years ago and am now a technology director at a large company. You will get through this, and someday will laugh at the time your computer refused to print critical pages of your thesis, or smile to think of the late nights of writing up. Good luck as you move to the next stage of your journey.

Polymath07 said...

Hang in there, it'll be worth it! You're in a field where you can finish and still keep your integrity. In 1985, once the results of my research had driven the entire field up in arms, and my adviser had "lost" his copy of my dissertation for the fourth time, I dropped it. Since then, every one of my points was successfully published by others, who happened to work in more congenial environments. Call me Jeremiah: never wrong, never believed. But my bootlegged samizdat publications got me good work as a research geologist anyway...just not in academia. You'll do better!!!

Steve Lancaster said...

Just recommended your blog to my wife, who is finishing the research on her PhD in the north of England as we speak. She tells me keeping sane as she writes up is going to be fun! Good luck to you, and love from us both!

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Wooly Woman said...

I am so glad I found your blog, thanks to it being a blog of note! I am finishing a PhD too, and struggling with similar issues. Good luck to you!

miaowkat said...

I'm really glad I found your blog. This is my first day of blogging. I'm hoping to also combine the sciences and a family. The plan is to go to medical school in a couple of years. Thanks for the inspiration!

Thomma Lyn said...

Good luck with your PhD, and what a great blog you have! Congrats on it being a Blog of Note.

I'm a novelist, but have had a lifelong fascination with science, and women like you make me proud to be a woman. Cheering you on here!

Adewusi Aderogba O. said...

You've shown that being a woman does not change anything, it only depends on one's mindset. I appreciate your blog. Goodluck

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Jorge Gajardo Rojas said...

why a blog only for scientist -women?.You have other talents and if also you leed outside other things of life and other persons,including men.

Victoria Pynchon said...

Here's a thought -- hook up with women lawyers, who share your professional problems and who might come in handy someday when Merck threatens to shut down your funding if you criticize VIOXX. (an allegation only, Merck secret agents -- taken from some recent testimony from the on-going VIOXX trial here in Los Angeles). Yesterday's blog talks about youth and beauty in professional settings; what to do about it and what it means. Check it out. http://settleitnow.blogspot.com. And best of luck with your dissertation defense. The only time my college boyfriend EVER washed his blue VW was the day before his defense at U.C. San Diego (neurochemistry). He sailed through & the VW is now doubtless rusting away on some back road in West Virginia. Best, Vickie

DarBecca said...

I must say, I wish I had the opportunity to do a blog when I started research back in the '80s! What I have learned! I, too, am a PhD scientist and a woman. I wish you luck as you proceed through your defense and hope to get into academia. Hopefully your track will be easier than mine. I ended up leaving research to teach exclusively. I could not continue to deal with the problems I faced being a woman scientist. I left the research lab to become a high school science teacher, working with alternative education students (five years as a Naval officer takes care of the discipline issues!). I found my calling was different, but I hope you find yours. Thanks to Blogs of Note, I found this one. I hope you don't find that I "sold-out" to teach. I find that helping today's young people learn the importance of science and critical thinking is also so important. I invite you to visit my blog about Technology in Alternative Education (http://altedtech.blogspot.com). I believe that it is important to see that we can help all children learn (even those who don't want to learn) the impact science has on our lives. I am fortunate that I can do it with a variety of technologies that I am trying to share with other teachers. If you get involved in classroom work, check out the resources out there. They work both at the high school and undergraduate levels, believe me! (I spent 2 years as a Associate Professor of Chemistry at the US Naval Academy while on active duty!) Good luck with your defense!

Spin_Doc1 said...

I am also a female scientist, I have a PhD in physics. I spent a few years at a National Lab after graduating on the fore front of physics research. Recently I left the academic world, and I am surprisingly very happy. For the longest time I thought I had "sold out" by going to industry, but I am still doing science in an environment that is supportive. I just wanted to let you know that academia is not the only option.

sangfroid said...

Hey hey, many congrats for your work and how's the dog still surviving!

All my wishes for you!

psychgrad said...

Glad to see your blog highlighted on blogspot. I'm also working on my Ph.D. While I do my fair share of bitching with other graduate students in my department, it's nice to hear other people's take on day-to-day life as a (female)graduate student.

Free Speech Will Cost You said...

Congrats on your blog of note.

phree said...

Good luck on your defense. I completed mine two years ago this fall in philosophy. Science must have better potential than the humanities so I wish you luck.xocjxx

R2K said...

Yes you made it to blogs of note! Always knew you had what it takes.

Holly said...

I stumbled upon your blog by selecting "next blog." When I read your profile, "I'm a graduate student working on my Ph.D. in the natural sciences, and I'm also a wife, and someday I'd like to be a mother. Right now, I'm just trying to survive my Ph.D. and figure out how to be a decent, sane person at the same time," I thought woah, that's me! I have a science blog (with dog stories) at www.newfoundlandnews.blogspot.com. I won't be defending my dissertation quite so soon but at least now that I'm not burdened by self-inflicted HEAVY teaching demands I hope to get it "bumped off." In the meanwhile, I look forward to reading your blog!

Tink said...

Congratulations on being named "blog of note." I will be popping by occasionally to take a read. The posts that I have read already have been interesting as well as entertaining. And anyone who can use "Pup butt" in a post has to also have a marvelous sense of humor.

DJ FunkyGrrL said...

I wish you luck in defending your paper 8)

Kiltak said...

Yeah, I was the blog of note for July 18th, the day after you, and was quite pleased by the traffic it brought me, a total of approximatetly 20000 unique visitors in 3 days, and more then 30000 page views.

It's a very rewarding experience!

Cheers

Kiltak
[Geeks Are Sexy] Tech. News

Bright Light District said...

Hello! Some of the people from webdate-dot-com told me to visit your blog, because they seem to admire women like you who are interesting, as well as strong and able! I just also want to congratulate you for being Blog of Note for this week, and I really hope that you finish your PhD! You are truly an inspiration!

eMArk said...

Good job..


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