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Down time
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The pump and science juggling act
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But I don't wanna go to work
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In reverse
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Back in the lab, sort of...
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12 months of blogging...easy enough
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Open letter to committee head
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

By popular demand - The Arrival
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How to do it all
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Cabin Fever
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Donation reward - new pics!
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Totally non-science news
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Why am I doing this?
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Bribe time
Thursday, October 28, 2010

On the market - what to do with a priority score
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DonorsChoose - more projects to support
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh, the guilt...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Priority Score Confusion
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Working from home sucks; aka "Preeclampsia for Dummies"
Monday, October 18, 2010

Editor's choice
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Let the obsessing begin
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DonorChoose - start giving!
Monday, October 11, 2010

Careful what I say...
Friday, October 8, 2010

To dance or teach...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010
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Challenges at the bench
Monday, September 27, 2010

What am I really?
Monday, September 20, 2010

A double standard
Friday, September 17, 2010

The Little Lab Bench That Could
Saturday, September 11, 2010

What I'm glad I didn't know before...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Round Up: 8/29 - 9/4
Sunday, September 5, 2010
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Procrastinators beware...
Friday, August 27, 2010

You don't need no stinkin' permission
Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm still alive, just buried
Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dr. O's advice to new grad students
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Open Letter
Monday, August 9, 2010

What you should know as a new TT faculty
Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

A little professionalism, please
Thursday, August 5, 2010

How picky is too picky?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hello LabSpaces!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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After a frustrating year on the tenure-track job hunt, my eyes are still on the prize, and I've learned that sheer will might be the most important quality required for this career track.

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Awesome Stuff

Monday, October 11, 2010

Yesterday officially kicked off the Science Bloggers for Students Challenge at DonorsChoose. What is DonorsChoose, you ask? Simply put, it's an organization that allows school teachers to request funds for programs they'd like to implement in their classroom. With the economy in its most dire state since I can remember, budget cuts have led to more and more educational programs being cut. Who suffers? The kids of course!! DonorsChoose provides a way for us, the general public (and scientists!), to directly affect the ability of kids to learn in the classroom. As a huge proponent of education, I happen to think this is a pretty friggin' awesome idea.

So what's our role in all of this? Well, the science blogging community has gotten together to support this rather awesome idea (tainted with a friendly competitive edge, of course ;-). You, as a science blog reader/lurker/commenter, can visit our giving pages and choose from multiple projects we've selected as our "favorites". I personally have chosen three projects to support, all listed on my giving page, which can be accessed from my blog anytime via the DonorsChoose widget under "Awesome Stuff" (lower right).

The first is "Oh! Rats!", which will provide rats for dissection to junior high school students in Jonesboro, Arkansas. This is the most urgent project I have posted, with only 16 days left to donate before the opportunity expires*! I have also chosen two projects that focus on the visual and performing arts, for which I'm as passionate about as science. Each of these projects are from high poverty schools, making them even closer to my heart. "Math, Writing and Art!" is requesting art books and folders to display the math-related artwork of elementary students in Dallas, Texas. And "Don't be a 'Twit'" is requesting two sets of Roald Dahl scripts for a drama class at a fine arts charter school in San Francisco, CA. Don't even get me started on how any school can't afford art books or folders, or how a fine arts school can't cover the funding for play scripts...and we can do something about this!!!

So go visit my DonorChoose page and start giving!!!!!

*If a project expires without being funded, you can choose where the funds go instead.

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