T’was the Week After Christmas

T’was the Week After Christmas

Twas the week after Christmas, when all through the halls Not a student was stirring – they’d gone out to the malls The professors were all doing their research with care In hopes that peer review would be gentle and fair. The servers were whirring all snug on the cloud While theorists muttered their equations out loud With data in columns, I figured and plotted Checking every t’s crossed and every I dotted When from the fax room there arose such a clatter I sprang to my feet cursing what ‘er was the matter Away to my door I flew in a flash Slaming it shut, my actions perhaps a bit rash The noise from my stomach on this once quiet morn Told it was time for a break for popcorn When, what on my microwave snack should appear But a schematic sleigh,...

Read More

The Twenty-Four Hour Work Day (while on vacation)

The Twenty-Four Hour Work Day (while on vacation)

I’m currently sort of on vacation. I say “sort of” because modern day technology and society combine to really makes it impossible for many of us to be totally off work, totally away for a couple of days, and totally removed from instantaneous communications. Everyday of this trip, either my husband, or I, or both have received an “urgent”, “high priority” or “need response immediately” email or text message. He is trying to figure out how to set up a telecon tomorrow (that isn’t during dinner), and I’ve been sorting paperwork. As people working in technological fields (I do astronomy-related new media and he is a Flex and Java programming consultant), we are caught between a rock and a hard place....

Read More

STEM Education for Tomorrow

STEM Education for Tomorrow

Over the past several weeks I’ve had more than one person ask me, “What is your view on the future of STEM (1) Education?” Sometimes they have gone on to ask further about how I feel about the future of science in general. This much repeated question has been triggered by many things. On one hand, I work in a Center for STEM Research, Outreach and Education, and we’re working to define our vision. On the other hand, the National Science Foundation is working to review its portfolio and perhaps redefine how it spends its money. Then there are random factors, like congress considering what comes after “No Child Left Behind” and my own personal work to try and define what comes next for Astronomy Cast and all my other projects and...

Read More
Now live! Expect the Unexpected.
Currently offline.