Women in science

A blog for and about women in the sciences

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Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers

Some more background on the dire straits faced by adjunct faculty.  Here’s an idea: stop hiring so many unnecessary, ridiculously over-compensated administrators and VPs and vice-VPs of this that and the other thing, and actually pay your faculty! How can a university expect to stay on top and perform its function (educating students and contributing to research, not making obscene profits) if half of what should be your most important employees can’t even pay their bills and rent? This is a huge issue in Canada (no doubt thanks to Harper), but I’m ~95% confident its an issue in the US and elsewhere.  What do you think? Should universities focus on properly paying their faculty and focusing on education? Or should these adjuncts just quit crying and take the crumbs that are left under the table?

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Vomit-inducing letter to the editor regarding adjunct faculty

Background: A full-time prof can expect to earn between $80,000 and $120,000/yr plus loads of benefits and after tenure probably some of the best job security out there; they generally teach 4 courses per semester.  Adjunct faculty teach the same number of course and get paid approx. $28,000/yr and get no benefits and no job security.  

The writer of this letter, who admits to never having to have worked as an adjunct and has had full-time with benefits work for the last 30 years, thinks that this is a-ok and these miserable adjuncts should either suck it up and be happy living at or below the poverty line or just quit their jobs because clearly they are a bunch of entitled, special-little-snowflakes who have no business teaching our young people.  Oh, and if you are in a grad program? Probably just quit and go into administration or something.

Remember folks, universities wanting to cut corners by not paying their faculty enough while simultaneously hiring more and more administrators and VPs of something blah blah and paying them ridiculous amounts of money is just fine and dandy and if you think otherwise you are probably one of those entitled losers who can’t even pay their own electric bill. And if you can’t put food on your own table or pay rent, that is 100% your fault for not trying hard enough and is clearly a bad role model for everyone ever.

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casualstroll:

A pic of me and a goat at ZooBrew at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA.  Back in high school I used to work as a docent (volunteer) at this particular zoo and one of my jobs was to assist in the care of the goats and sheep in the petting zoo area.  While I think there are a lot of very serious issues with the way zoos have historically and currently been managed, I do think they can have some role in education and fostering a greater appreciation for wildlife.  

Finally back from my trip back home to Iowa, thought you all might enjoy a picture of an adorable goat.

casualstroll:

A pic of me and a goat at ZooBrew at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA.  Back in high school I used to work as a docent (volunteer) at this particular zoo and one of my jobs was to assist in the care of the goats and sheep in the petting zoo area.  While I think there are a lot of very serious issues with the way zoos have historically and currently been managed, I do think they can have some role in education and fostering a greater appreciation for wildlife.  

Finally back from my trip back home to Iowa, thought you all might enjoy a picture of an adorable goat.

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Science cuts 'fiscally irresponsible', Boyer lecture biologist says

Other than the dire situation that science funding is in in Australia (as well as in other nations), Cory will also be addressing the difficulties involved in getting more students interested in the sciences, as well as the particular challenges and barriers faced by women in the sciences.

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Presenting science in a gender-neutral way can also help young women become interested in science in the first place, and much work needs to be done to remove the cultural barriers that discourage women from staying in scientific careers. A woman should not need to give up her femininity to be a scientist. She should have the possibility of being mother or dressing as a woman – and be considered smart and serious.

I no longer believe that making women more courageous, more assertive, ‘more like me’, is the right way to move forward. Women should not have to do all of the adapting. It is time for society to move toward women, not women toward society.

- Jocelyn Bell Brunell (CERN astronomer)

http://home.web.cern.ch/cern-people/opinion/2014/03/female-role-models-science (via hansdesign)