#1: As the older sibling, I was always blamed for any altercations. I earned six months of reprieve when I devised the following plan: Step 1 - grab my arm with one hand and squeeze for a several minutes. Step 2 - find younger sibling, then clap my hands loudly. Step 3 - Yell, "Ow!!! She hit me!" then demonstrate… » 7/24/14 7:56pm Yesterday 7:56pm

(apologies for such a long response) I do hope events unfold to make you feel (and be) safer soon. Some brief self-defense tips. A thumb in the eye (in the eye, as in the socket) will pretty much always work. Jabbing the Adam's apple is effective if you can do it. If you have the mindset for it, CCW can be an… » 7/23/14 12:01pm Wednesday 12:01pm

Yes, I about had a conniption when my tenure committee commented that I was listed as "fourth author" and I tersely corrected them, "senior author". I've since been looking for examples of journals where they only publish in order of contribution. I was stunned that other STEM professors would assume last = least… » 7/22/14 12:39pm Tuesday 12:39pm

mini-rant: Goddammit, who are all these bioethicists and whence do they spring? I have degrees in biochemistry and philosophy, so my thoughts should be at least as equally valid. How do I get to call myself a bioethicist and get paid for it? I really, really, really need to publish some articles on ethics in… » 7/21/14 5:06am Monday 5:06am

Okay, I am totally a burner account and will probably remain one for as long as it took me to actually create an account (I have been lurking for years and am still amazed by the explosion in sublogs and the interconnectedness). You can thank/curse FlowerGirlPhysicist for me actually impelling me to choose to… » 7/18/14 7:47pm 7/18/14 7:47pm

A few years back, I took a little trip up through New York and into Canada, around a Great Lake or Two and back down into the U.S. What all of noticed was that the farther you got into Canada, the smaller the hotel rooms became. The last one, and the farthest north, which was only 0 or so miles from the border was… » 7/14/14 5:47pm 7/14/14 5:47pm

I read The Cat who Walked through Walls, excited to read more of Heinlein. The first third of the book I found pretty good, with engaging protagonists and solid writing. Then things got weird. Despite whatever plot issue was raised early on, it seemed like al the characters did was have a dizzying array of sexual… » 7/14/14 10:47am 7/14/14 10:47am

No-one has yet pointed out why professors want demand cheap labor in the form of graduate students who are extremely devoted to a project. While my graduate experience was superlative (protein biochemistry), my post-docs taught me what not to do. Never, ever, ever work for an assistant professor. They need you to… » 7/09/14 4:19pm 7/09/14 4:19pm

Meh. Hey, the vials were labeled, they were securely stored, and they were still intact 60 years later. While I've never come across any samples more than 50 years old (in the very bottom of the -80 freezer), this doesn't surprise me. Lots of researchers do not like to throw away anything. So long as whatever it… » 7/09/14 7:07pm 7/09/14 7:07pm

At my university, the department of psychology insists on being called "Psychological Sciences" and have a lengthy mission statement explaining the rationale. I agree with you; it is different and cannot be as rigorous as the hard sciences. So why do these department insist on being called various bullshit sciences?… » 7/08/14 5:21pm 7/08/14 5:21pm