Hi again! I've been a little busy, what with traveling to a conference and then organizing a graduate student recruitment event. And then, I took a little break for an island vacation! OMG, you guys it was awesome. Sunny and warm and lots of time to play in the ocean with Mini-G.
Unusual for me, I did an OK job of laying off the email and just ignoring work for a bit. Of course, now I am piled with a lot of crap that needs to be wrangled. But it was totally worth it. I also have a few blog posts kicking around in my brain. But, before I get to any of those there is something much more important that needs to be dealt with. Namely, the Sazerac. The most-awesome Dr. Becca posted a "classic" recipe for Mardi Gras. Now, I know I am not the cocktail maven that Dr. Becca is. Really, I'm more of a beer girl. But why should that stop me? So, here I offer you my own special recipe:
First, I don't use an "old-fashioned" glass. Whatcha got against progress? I say, find the most modern looking glass you can. Or whatever is closest.
Rinse out your fancy glass to make sure it is clean. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add a splash of simple syrup. Let the glass get cold. Then dump out the ice and sugar water.
Fill glass most of the way with whiskey. Right now I am enjoying a Bulleit Rye, myself. Dr. Becca uses like 3 oz., which is OK. But I say just fill the damn glass. 🙂
Add lemon twist.
You may notice that this beverage has neither absinthe (I am not speaking to the absinthe right now) or bitters (I never seem to have those around). I tend toward very simple cocktails. But I tell ya, this is Good Stuff.
Enjoy! I know that I will probably need one (or two) after I spend the day catching up on my emails.
*Caveat drinkor, YMMV, etc.
GUYS!!! I totally made it through grant-writing hell, and finally got the damn thing submitted. Notwithstanding some hazing from the Administrators in my grants office. Now on to the next thing. 🙂
I'm working on another post that started as a Twitter conversation about pilot grants/seed $. But in the mean time there is more awesomeness that needs to be cheered:
PROP 8 WAS RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!
Yep, a US appeals court has ruled the ban against gay marriage in California unconstitutional. Congrats to all the couples who are in CA that (again) have their families recognized, and good luck to all the other couples that might decide to go down that path. I hope that the rest of the legal crap clears up soon and marriage equality can become the norm. Not just in CA, but everywhere else, too.
Happy day!! 😀
Many of you have probably heard that LEGO has recently decided to make some "girl-specific" LEGO sets. When I heard about this, I was a little peeved. I LOVED playing with LEGOs when I was a kid. My mom still has a big box of my LEGOs that Mini-G and I play with when we visit. I always considered LEGOs to be gender-neutral. Apparently I'm not the only one that thinks you don't need to change LEGO for them to be appropriate for girls to play with. And one of them, Ann Garth (who happens to be a 14-year old who may be one of the most awesome people on the planet) wrote to LEGO about it. In the letter, she makes a lot of good points. For example:
If you want to appeal to girls, create more sets. Expand your horizons. But instead of expanding into stereotypical girl territory, try hooking a bunch of boys as well by creating a library set, a computer room set, or a boat set. What about one with a soccer field, or a pool? Or- and I know that this may be shocking- what about simply giving kids the same old blocks in the same old colors and letting us make beautiful?
A fantastic letter, written by an awesome young woman. Are you listening, LEGO?
OK, that's a lie. I could complain. But I shouldn't, and I won't. 2011 was pretty good for me. I moved my blog over here to Scientopia, which has been great. I've gotten to know some really awesome folks. And also Genomic Repairman. We've had a lot of fun here! At least, I hope it was fun for you, because mostly you all held my hand and helped me get through another year on the tenure track. I got support when my postdoc PI cut the apron strings, we worked together to develop some questions for a qualifying exam, you helping me learn to say "NO" (it's a work in progress) and listened to my rants. I tried my hand at research blogging. And in another sign of awesome, you guys also totally KICKED ASS with the Donor's Choose drive this year: 18 of you donated $480, reaching 1195 students. NICE!
One of my favorite posts of the year was where I handed out tips about talking to non-scientists (which I still argue is a fantastic way to get better at talking to scientists, too). But, based on stats the posts that you guys liked most were "for the new graduate students" (there was a feisty discussion in the comments), "did I just get dumped?" (the apron strings ref above) and "I gay wrote this post" (a little essay about being out as a lesbian).
I had a pretty good year IRL, too! The Gerty Lab is up and running. I put in an NSF grant, got awarded a nice fancy "beauty pageant award", got a new science tattoo, and I'm working on my first R01. I have peeps in the lab, and they are really getting the hang of this. We are gonna crank out some cool shit in 2012. #GRAR 🙂
I have really enjoyed getting to know you all, here and on twitter. I pretty much founded a "Emily Hauser fan club". We had some fun with hastags (#drunksci, anyone? and how awesome was #zestycootermarinade), and just like @mbeisen, I learned about #FWDAOTI. I am looking forward to a great 2012, and hope to talk to you all a lot more then!
In case you missed it, there have been a couple of awesome things in the past week or so. I am going to sign off for 2011 with one them, which I think is one of the most awesome pictures of the year (and therefore totally appropriate to post twice in two weeks): the happy ending of DADT.
Photograph: Brian J. Clark/AP
Happy New Year!
I am apparently on a mission to restore (my own?) faith in humanity this week! This entry was brought to my attention by the Most Fantastic Tideliar on the twitter. If you can read this without getting all warm and fuzzy then I don't think we can be friends:
One Teacher's Approach to Preventing Gender Bullying in a Classroom
My job is not to judge, but to teach, and I can’t teach if the students in my class are distracted or uncomfortable. My job is also about preparing students to be a part of our society, ready to work and play with all kinds of people. I found that teaching about gender stereotypes is another social justice issue that needs to be addressed, like racism or immigrant rights, or protecting the environment.
I think this is the first time ever I wished I lived in Wisconsin. And I'm gonna forward this link to Mini-G's preschool teacher. Just Awesome 😀
A couple of days ago The Guardian posted a picture of the first same-sex couple taking part in the Navy tradition of raffling off the first homecoming kiss. The photo has gone viral, even making it onto Obama's Tumblr (where it has gotten a lot of "likes", which is nice). Even though you have probably already seen it, here it again:
Photograph: Brian J. Clark/AP
Fuck Yeah! One of the great things that happened in 2011, IMO, was the repeal of DADT. And it just heartwarming to see these women, both in the military, take part in a really touching Navy tradition. And there was cheering!
But don't forget...every GOP candidate for POTUS has said they will reinstate DADT. Newt Gingrich, a front-runner of sorts, went so far as to tell a gay Americans not vote for him (no problem!). And Santorum (who has a history of saying ridiculously homophobic things) can't imagine why a gay person would vote for him (finally something we agree on!). Rick Perry made a video in an attempt to out-stupid everyone else in the field. I could go on, of course, but looking up all these links is making me stabby. The fact is that every GOP candidate is against equality for LGBT citizens, or at least feels like they can use the issue as red meat for the GOP base. But some folks are pushing back, and these candidates have been having to defend their positions on the campaign trail. Including Mitt Romney, who had a fantastic interaction with a gay vet in a diner in NH. And there is other good news from 2011. For example, this year, for the first time, the majority of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. And the demographics make it clear that this trend will continue. In the mean time, I hope that every American comes to the conclusion that they shouldn't vote for someone that
can't won't even pretend to represent all Americans as POTUS.
GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!!
I'm talking about the JAYFK Holiday Vaccine Drive. I'm sure that you all <3 the JAYFK for the insightful snark and ranty-ness. But this is totally serious. Kids are dying because they can't get vaccinated against measles. The Red Cross has put together a site that makes it easy to do something to help vaccinate these kids. So, if you are still looking for the perfect gift for the person that has it all, consider your work done. Because if you clickity on over there you can give that person the joy of knowing that they saved some lives. Adorable kiddo lives, even. That is a present that is full of win.
But really, don't thank me. I am pretty sure the super-fabulous @DrRubidium is the mastermind here.
I am in the midst of writing an R01, and I am struggling. Because this grant really, apparently, wants to be TWO grants. But I don't think I should submit two applications this go-around. I'm afraid that I won't do as good of a job as if I focus all my energy on just one. I have spend the last hour or two typing and erasing to try to cut through what is floating around in my head. In doing this, I am basically writing rough drafts of the Aims pages for both. Then I will run them by folks to see which seems to resonate the best. All I can say is that I am very lucky to have many folks that are willing to let me bounce ideas off of them. And that is awesome.
But, of course, none of that is "Ripped from the headlines". No. But a little bit ago I got a little distracted from my grant and started clicking around on the internet. And I ran across a couple of things that I want to share (in the hopes this will clear out a little of the clutter in my head right now).
1. Have I mentioned that Emily Hauser is pretty kick ass? I thought so. In case you haven't started reading her blog, go over there now. She has a super breakdown of how treating adultery the same as sexual harrasment/assault contribute to rape culture. Excellent stuff, as usual.
2. If you have a friend that is LGBT/Q, you have already seen these two videos. But they are AWESOME. If you wanna feel good about people, watch them.
Zach Walls, son of a lesbian couple, speaks to the
OH IOWA legislature
The best ad ever for marriage equality
This is my second year of playing along in the VWXYnot Hockey Pool, organized by the most-excellent Cath. And, so as not to be a slacker, I volunteered to post the update for the 6th week of the hockey season here. I might be late with this, because I didn't have the brain capacity to figure out when the week actually ended. Nevertheless, here are the data!
Figure 1: Week 6 points earned
The clear winners this week were Bob O'Hara and Modscientist. Well done! Ricardipus also did pretty well, and there were several of us clustered near the middle. In an uncharacteristic showing, Lavaland had a really bad week.
Figure 2: overall points from week 5 to 6
Even with the less-than-stellar showing this week, Lava's lead is intact. Smaller, but still there. Mod and Bob made giant (and identical) gains, moving them up into the top cluster with Lava, Chall, Scientist Mother and Ricardipus. I'm stick in middle-land, with Cath, Beth and Mr. E Man clumped at the bottom.
There you go! The hockey season is still young, and anything could happen. I just hope that I can continue to remember to make the picks on time each week.
As you all know, one of the things I struggle with A LOT is the fact that I'm not great at saying "no" (but I'm trying). Physioprof has an insightful perspective on how feeling like you can't say "no" is a load of crap. But when your department Chair is sitting in your office maybe you (like me) have a hard time executing the "no".
You are in luck! This webpage, "7 simple ways to say no", is like a cheat-sheet for us "yes-sayers"! Seriously, as soon as I found this I started imagining how things could have been different. I also realized that some of these strategies I had already implemented, naturally. For instance, number 6:
“I’m not the best person to help on this. Why don’t you try X?”
At first, I figured I was throwing X under the bus (it was turnabout, so I was OK w/ it). But maybe I have natural (awesome) tendencies for no-saying that I am not fully realizing?
I know that I, for one, will be practicing these phrases.
In case you are keeping score, I totally said "no" to 2 different requests this week. w00t!