How I got my Ph D

Recently, one of my writing buddies asked me about how I got a Ph D in Applied Mathematics, so I thought I’d tell a little bit of the story. Of course, next time I tell it, I’ll remember completely different things, but hang on, here’s today’s version. It all started when I was a little … Read more

The Only Woman in the Room

  Recently, I picked up The Only Woman in The Room; Why Science is Still a Boys Club, by Eileen Pollack. Just reading the preface brought back a flood of memories from the days when I was a scientist and often the only woman in the room. Literally. Her words rang so true, and helped … Read more

What do rats and pigs have in common?

T. C. Boyle answers that question in his 2011 novel When the Killing’s Done about the decision to eliminate them from two of the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, California (Anacapa and Santa Cruz, respectively). Neither species was native to the islands, and both had caused havoc among the native populations because … Read more

The Mindbody

Well, readers, it’s past time for a book review. I’m combining some topics. I hope you don’t mind (play on words intended), because the book I’m talking about today is one that touches on the deep connection between our bodies and our minds. This isn’t just experiential stuff, though, like I often talk about: this … Read more

Packing for Mars

The science nerd in me has been having a field day, lately, reading popular science books about this and that. Mary Roach‘s Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void has to be the strangest one. I found this at our local library and checked it out because her book about cadavers … Read more