I am starting my lab as an Assistant Professor at a Big Research University (summer 2010). I have a super partner and an adorable kiddo, Mini-G. I tend to rush into things and then figure them out as I muddle along. I'm sure that will be true here, too. I hope to use this space to maintain my sanity and share my perspectives on science and academia. These perspectives may sometimes qualify as rants. There will undoubtedly be some crazy times on the tenure track. Gmail me [at] primaryinvestigator
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OK folks, the time has come for us all to step up and bring some science to the youngsters in our communities. That's right-it is time to give some cash to Donors Choose. This is a great organization that helps teachers get the resources they need to be able to teach science and math.Without these resources, we are depriving all of these students the opportunity to become interested in science. And, I think we can all agree that science is one of the coolest things there is. We can't deprive the young ones of this kind of fun*!
Now, it may be hard for many of us to understand what these young folks are up against. Like many of you, I grew up in a comfortable, not-at-all impovershed household, where we valued education. Unlike many of you, this household was in the middle-of-fucking-nowhere farmville. I can objectively state that the science taught in the schools that I attended as a child was pitiful. If not for a super-awesome aunt that routinely gave me science gifts** at every opportunity I would probably be a very bitter accountant or some such nonsense.
So, I was lucky that I had some folks looking out for me. But just think, we can all be as super awesome as Wonder Aunt and help a WHOLE CLASS of students foster a love for science! All it takes is a click on the Donors Choose widget off to the right, and a few taps to enter your credit card number. Simple! Heroic!
To get the party started, I picked two project that I think sound fun. One project is to buy a human skeleton for a 5th grade class (No Bones to Pick with Science!) and the other will enable a 6th grade class to do rat dissections (Oh! Rats!). You will see them if you click over to my Donor page. I have kicked off the giving with $50 to each. Let's get these projects funded and help some future scientists get on their way!!
In case I haven't convinced you yet, I will randomly choose 3 people that donate to my page and send them a gift card for $5*** so that they can buy themselves an over-priced mocha****. So get off your lazy bum and donate already!
*You wouldn't take candy from a baby (though you probably should), so don't take science from these youngsters.
**dissecting kit, which I used on various rodents I was able to capture on the farm, books about paleontology and Lucy in particular, dinosaur skeleton model sets, a small microscope, a chemistry set, etc. She was incredibly cool. Thank you, Wonder Aunt!
***Most likely a Starbucks card, since I know those are most everywhere. But, if you win and there is an equivalent that isn't a pain in my ass to get to (i.e. Peets), I will do that instead
****Assuming, of course, that I am able to figure out who has donated. Probably if you are anonymous you won't be able to win.
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