Looking Forward

In my last post I hoped to move beyond the sorry state of women in science and discuss something more uplifting – my example being Bora Zivkovic’s latest ideas on what makes a good science blog.¬†The gist of his post was that you should blog about what you have expertise in. As for what makes…

Same Old Story

I’ve been off sick for a while, so have had a lot of time to think about things like gender issues in academic science. While it didn’t really catch up with me until I reached the tenure track, I’ve experienced the cronyism and sexism (both blatant & hidden) – as have many women whose experiences…

A Vast & Sparsely Populated Country

(Edited 18 Nov 2012) Earlier this week, Margaret Munro from the Postmedia Network reported that one of Canada’s recent superstar hires – a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in diabetes research from the UK – is ditching the program and heading back home. I have to admit I cheered as I read this. Not because…

The Academic Hunter

Fall is hunting season. The leaves have been stripped from the trees by the onslaught of prairie winds, and snow is threatening (or in our case, blowing sideways as we speak). Next fall I, too, will be out on the waterways in the chill of early dawn, waiting for duck and geese to bag a…

Unravelling the thread of an idea

As interesting as an idea can be in and of itself, what’s also curiously exciting is the path taken by the mind from the initial zygote of that idea through its development phases and finally to its fruition. I’m reading¬†Allan Casey‘s ‘Lakeland‘, an exploration of and homage to some of the great lakes (no, not…