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When I was 6 months old, my mom tells me that she threw me into the pool – or at least let go of me – to begin teaching me how to swim on my own and not be afraid … Continue reading

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An offer I can’t refuse…

My chair, and unofficial mentor, just offered to buy me a beer for every manuscript I write and submit by 23 January. The 23rd is the start of the Spring 2013 term – hence the deadline. While I am not … Continue reading

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Beginning 2013 with a do over

While I don’t want to redo the entire year, there are a few things that need re-doing before this year’s work can begin.  It sucks, but there it is. One of those redos is a manuscript I’ve been working on … Continue reading

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I found this video today.  The video was made by Dr. Alex Rivest and he explains more about it on his blog. Apparently, the Earth’s atmosphere gives off its own glow through a process called chemoluminescence.  During the day UV … Continue reading

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I’ll meet you there.

The Sufi poet, Rumi, writes Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even … Continue reading

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Connected in the Universe

My students and friends know what a huge science and scifi geek I am.  I ran across this video of Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a scientist I admire, discussing our connection to the Universe. It reminded me of these two … Continue reading

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Awesome from another view

M., a good friend of mine and PhD student, just sent this to me.  Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it IMHO. It comes from a blogger named biomatushiq.  He was making a point about how your view changes as … Continue reading

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Serendipitous reminders

Serendip is an old name for the island of Sri Lanka, and the word serendipity comes from a story about 3 princes from that island who “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in … Continue reading

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Needed: Girl Scientists

Attending a workshop with jetlag is not the best way to participate.  I spent the morning jiggling my leg, pinching my arm and otherwise desperately attempting to stay awake.  Fortunately, talks were confined to the morning so that the afternoon … Continue reading

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