My mistake of silence

My mistake of silence

In 2008, I made a mistake. Actually, I made a lot of mistakes, but only one of them has haunted me. On Wednesday, I learned that there are at least two audio recordings of a meeting at a non-profit. In this meeting my mistake was discussed and now there is the chance that audio could go public. And at this point, if it did, I’d support it because it would mean I could speak the truth frankly without fear of being sued for libel or slander by people with more resources than I have. It might mean that every few months, I wouldn’t have to deal with someone going, “there is this rumor” or getting out of the blue emails saying, “you know…”. My mistake was not reporting that a drunken man in a prominent role tried to grab my breasts. I’m writing this blog post to try...

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Confessions of a Reluctant (Academic) Manager

Confessions of a Reluctant (Academic) Manager

This semi-rant goes out to academics PIs. I’m soft money faculty. This means my salary comes mostly from grants, sometimes from random writing/performing gigs, and then my university pays a small percent that gets used to cover the time I spend fundraising/writing grants and being on university committees. When I write grants, I’m competing with teaching faculty who nominally have 9 months/year of their salary paid for by their universities. This creates a culture where I’ve sat on grant review committees and heard, “This person is asking for 20% time just to manage the grant – it’s just a couple students and a postdoc – that seems very excessive”. I’ve heard that kind of comment enough that I budget only 10%...

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