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12 months of Balanced Instability (2011 edition)

Dec 21 2011 Published by under meme

It's Holiday Meme Time! Every year around this time we bloggers take a minute to go through our posts from the last year, and re-visit the first sentence of each (below). This is a tradition that pre-dates me, but you can learn the whole history over at Drug Monkey's place. This has been a pretty awesome year. My lab is really starting to click, and I am starting to almost feel like I know what is going on (famous last words!). Over here, I gotta say, I was kind of on a roll this year 🙂 I'm really looking forward to seeing how 2012 is going to turn out, and I hope that you will all stick around for the fun (teaser: I'll probably have to start thinking about my first tenure-review! ACK!).

Since MORE is always MOAR, I'm going to piggy-back the memes here and also ask you for a special holiday de-lurk. PLS came up with this one, which I think is a super idea. Please say hello!

Balanced Instability, 2011
Jan: Thanks everyone for following me around! [ed-my first post here at Scientopia!]

Feb: One of the little bits of advice I got when I was on the job market is that I should make my own website.

Mar: As you may know, my department is in the middle of a junior faculty search.

April: That's right, I'm outta here.

May: I got along well with my postdoc advisor.

June: As I am sitting on the airplane, I have had a fair amount of time to get some thinking done without any of the common interruptions.

July: As of today, I have been in my tenure-track position for ONE FULL YEAR!!!

Aug: Blech blech blech.

Sept: OMG academic peer review is totally fucked and it never works and the third reviewer is a stupid idiot asshole!!!11!!!1!

Oct: Once a month or so, Dr.Mrs.G and I pay a babysitter to hang out with Mini-G so that we can have a sanity- and relationship-saving "date night".

Nov: A right of passage for most graduate programs is the General (or Qualifying) exam.

Dec: One of my pet peeves is the passive voice.

I hope you enjoyed the look back over the last year. Don't forget to take a minute to comment, because it would be the best present ever if you could let me know a little about you (and what you are looking for when you visit me here). 🙂


UPDATED: Now with linkies, for your clicking enjoyment! And because Drug Monkey pointed out to me how useful that would be.

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Bandwagon-jumping: Who are you, why are you here, and what do you want from me?

Jun 16 2011 Published by under meme

This morning DrugMonkey posted his annual get-to-know-your-readers meme. Odyssey has already jumped on board, and I am happy to follow. Because I really do want to know more about my audience here (both of you!). The meme originates with Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science. This year, Ed asked the following of his readers:

"Tell me who you are, what your background is and what you do. What’s your interest in science and your involvement with it? How did you come to this blog, how long have you been reading, what do you think about it, and how could it be improved?"

So take a minute to tell me about yourself and how you got here. Use these questions to get started, or go your own way. But please de-lurk and say something, even if it your very first comment. I am excited to learn about why you started to read this blog, and what keeps you coming back. Cheers!


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I am #scimom!

Apr 15 2011 Published by under awesomeness, meme, parenting

This post is my contribution to the #scimom project, started by David Wescott at It's not a lecture*. I'm a little late, but I think it is continuing all month, and it's a fun idea, so I'm going to jump in.

Here is what David wrote on his blog:

"if you're a mom AND a scientist, then just write a post this month about how awesome it is to be a mom and a scientist or something like that.  Maybe suggest a role model, or a story about why both roles are important to you.  Just make it personal and relevant to your life. As far as I'm concerned you make an awesome role model and people should know about you."

I am a mom and a scientist. Mini-G is a ridiculously cute 4 yo that is turning into one of the most awesome people I know. She is smart, hilarious and a little bossy. No one enjoys a cup of steamed milk like she does. Throw in a donut and you are witnessing pure job. Being a mom is one of the coolest things ever. I go to the park and play on the swings, watch little kids play soccer and play in the sprinkler. Yeah, I drank out of the hose, and my kid will too. The best part is watching as she discovers the world around her. People have often asked me when I decided to be a scientist. For years, my answer has been "somehow I avoided growing out of it". Kids have a fantastic way of looking at the world that is not that different from scientists. They ask questions (the constant "why?" is definitely part of my life) and notice details that we might take for granted. My own mother encouraged this behavior in me, though she was not a scientist. I was constantly asked to defend and explain my ideas. And she was very understanding when I brought home critters I caught in the field, or took apart the telephone (again).

Being a mom has made starting up a new lab easier for me. There are a couple of hours pretty much everyday that I am NOT thinking about lab stuff. This gives me a chance to get some separation so I have room to actually think about what I'm doing. And also to keep me from getting too wound up. And having a kid forced me to be more efficient about my time when I am at work. Staying a few more hours isn't an option. Yes, I sometimes do more work after Mini-G goes to bed. But, I have learned that sometimes, balls will drop. And I'm OK with that. There are other things that are more important to me. Here's one: Mini-G collects things she thinks are interesting in an empty petri dish, and we take them to lab and look at them in the microscope together. It is AWESOME.

There are always going to be times that I struggle with the "balance" of being a mom and a scientist. But, for me, I can't be anything but both.

*h/t to Janet Stemwedel-her #scimom post was great and got me fired up to write this. Also, I <3 Friday Sprog Blogging 🙂

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>OW!! My arm!

Jul 05 2010 Published by under meme

>I have been seeing the "who the heck are you" meme on a lot of blogs. DM has a list of many of them. Anywho, since I have apparently been tagged (hee hee) and my arm is getting sore from all the twisting, I'll play along.

For the few folks out there reading this: Who are you, and why are you staring at me?

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