Random thoughts while traveling: New Orleans

Been a while since I traveled with co-workers.  Finally, people to share the weirdness.

A lady packed several soup cans in her carry-on.  I guess she doesn’t like the food where she’s going.  She got busted by TSA so I’m worried about what she will eat now. Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling: New Orleans

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Random thoughts while traveling: Nor(fick)

This is me, packed for a business trip.  I pack exactly enough.  EXACTLY enough.  I’m getting good at that and it’s a little sad.

No makeup in the luggage (there’s no point).  It just takes up space.  No contact lenses because I lost the last one in a toilet incident and I don’t have an appointment until the weekend.  My glasses don’t stay on my nose and that makes me anxious.  What if I have to run from kidnappers?  The glasses will surely slow me down.  At least I am wearing running shoes. Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling: Nor(fick)

Random thoughts while traveling: Orlando

So I’m in Orlando for a work conference.  Uneventful trip here.  I would normally be traveling with my principal investigator but she decided to drive down with her family for the weekend.  Already I’m nervous about being forced into awkward social situations without a buffer.  The PI is usually my buffer.  She’s smart, charismatic, cool.  Cool neurologists are hard to come by.  I like many of them with all of their various genius quirks, but cool is rare. I’ll never be as cool as her.   Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling: Orlando

Repost: Noony’s two cents on science education

Three years and one career later, I still remember how Pollack’s original article resonated so deeply for me. I feel like I am definitely further along my journey to the most rewarding scientific pursuits but still have a long way to go.

Noony Trudges On

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

– Marie Curie

be964fc0fcd54c78d24684b262b3fe9aNearly a century of feminine progress has been unsuccessful in eliminating gender bias within certain careers.  Recently, Eileen Pollack’s inspiring article in The New York Times has sparked a flurry of praise and inquiry as to why there is still a paucity of women who pursue careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  It strikes me as odd because women were making discoveries of human importance long before they could vote.  The unfortunate reality is, just because women have the legal right to do the same things as men (in this country anyway), it doesn’t necessarily mean we get equitable opportunity…

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