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Cold Fusion
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Fun with Jackass
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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The 12 days of (Lab) Christmas
Friday, December 24, 2010

I really hope there isn't a number 3
Thursday, December 9, 2010

So why don't you have more papers?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Picking a project
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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As promised: Geeka and A Cow
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Finishing something
Saturday, October 23, 2010

A cartwheeling Geeka
Monday, October 18, 2010

Some Classroom got funded, I get embarrassed.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bounty for Donor's Choose
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

If I couldn't be a scientist
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

That's not the shape of his head.
Friday, October 1, 2010
September (6)

Glutton for Punishment
Saturday, September 25, 2010

I talk to machines.
Friday, September 24, 2010

World's worst Journal Club.
Monday, September 20, 2010

The IACUC Chair
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hell, I did know then, I just didn't know it until it hit me.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stuff Geeka Likes: The Toys Edition
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
August (9)

How I ended up a scientist.
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monday morning crapped on my head.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Naming your equipment
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stuff Geeka Likes: Inaugural edition
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Silent Squee
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In which I come clean
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Having a bad day
Monday, August 9, 2010

My blogging philosophy
Friday, August 6, 2010

Balance? We don't need no stinking balance.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
July (5)
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Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Being a woman in the sciences is sometimes hard. Sometimes you have to put up with total and utter bullshit. I'm one of those women that if I feel I'm getting some sort of "special" treatment from a guy (God forbid the word "honey' is used), I'm going to knee him, and he's going to feel it for several days.

Currently, I am the only woman in a research group of 10. There's another research group with which we work, and they are 20% male. I don't really know how this worked out. But since I'm in the 'boy' lab, there are some things that I would like to change.

1. I have wrist problems. This necessitates that my wrist is at the correct height. If I raise my chair, my feet don't touch the ground. I'd like keyboard arms at all stations.

2. I'm short: easy access to stepstools please.

3. If you make 'women' lab equipment, can you please not make it pink? I fucking HATE pink.

4. Because I am short, my torso is short. This means that if I'm at a big honking microscope, I have to have the chair all the way up, sit on something, and then my knees don't fit in the knee-well.

5. I would like optical scanners on said scopes to automatically adjust to to my eye width.

6. I would like the door knobs to not fall off when I open doors. (Short story, every time I would go into my old scope room, the door handle would fall off the door.)

7. Lighter rotors, the SLA-1500 sucks, when full, to have to put in the 'fuge.

8. I'd like a labcoat that didn't make my ass look like a movie screen.

9. (This is not specific to science:) Quit putting food flavored scenty things in the bathroom, it's creepy and disgusting.

10. I'd like gloves to take into consideration the 'pipettor muscle' in your dominant hand.

11. Drawer stops so that you can't pull drawers all the way out.

12. PI related: They should get chipped with GPS tags.

13. Almost all of the solutions in lab are clear, don't bitch when I order colored eppendorf tubes.

14. If you are going to move big honking machines out of a lab, please adjust HVAC for that room. If I can tell that my nailbeds are blue THRU MY GLOVES it's too cold.

15. Do not assume that I will bake you anything. Chances are I will, but don't assume. It just makes me want to set all your pipets to the max.

Lastly, the rule is that whoever gets in first gets to pick the Music. Sorry.

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Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Along the GPS lines, I'd take a full-on Marauder's Map so I know where everyone is. Mischief managed!

Genomic Repairman
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Carbon fiber rotors are the gender equalizer in our lab. And the microscopes are just as uncomfortable for us guys too. The noob grad student in our lab is tasked with constantly reporting our PI's whereabouts at all times.

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I'm a woman in the sciences too and I too dislike any preferential treatment from males.

Like you, I also feel a strong urge to raise one of my knees when any special treatment is tried on me so that they are going to feel it for several days afterwards...

I've lost count of the number of times I've been so close to kneeing a guy in his testicles. Maybe it's a woman in the sciences kind of thing! Male scientists watch out - if you cannot resist the urge to give us special treatment then at least wear a cup to protect your testicles!



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