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October 8, 2008
“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy spoke these words at his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961. Though we all know this quote by heart, few of us live it daily. We all should be contributing to our communities, as well as our country. We as Mama PhD’s have a lot we can offer to our communities, but all too often find ourselves “too busy” to engage in these charitable activities. By definition, all of us Mama PhD’s have strong academic backgrounds, and children.
October 6, 2008
RecessionRescissionRevisionReviewRealignRethinkReorganizeRetrenchRIFTune in next week, when the list will be brought to you by the letter 'F'
October 6, 2008
It's great to be part of this Mama, PhD community, where faculty with children can share their stories, weigh in on important issues, and generally feel a little less alone in the neverending negotiations that all parents who work outside the home perform. Today I'm struck by Tedra Osell's comments on parenting and pedagogy in her Monday Career Coach column.
October 6, 2008
Sustainability work is a continuum. Some efforts are very physical, others are hands-on in an entirely different way.
October 5, 2008
"Dr. K." asks: As an incipient Mama Ph.D., I’d like to know how parenthood affects your pedagogy. If anyone has had a before- and after-baby teaching career, aside from issues like daycare and fatigue, I’d be grateful if you could tell me how it changes a person as a teacher.
October 5, 2008
When I saw the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka, I was taken with the idea of everlasting gobstoppers. They were hard candies that never melted or lost their flavor; they'd last as long as you could. Something about it intrigued me, even beyond the obvious 'never running out of candy' usefulness.
October 4, 2008
I was in a diner in a nearby town recently, the kind of place where The Beatles on my t-shirt were a band of suspicious foreigners. The dry-rotting building had multiple levels filled with Naugahyde booths and tables with mismatched chairs. It’s known for pie.
October 4, 2008
Universities are winsome, dappled, pathetic things.Their two main constituents, students and professors, are cute and idealistic. They worry about Darfur and solar power and whether we can be said to reason autonomously.Other important university constituents, like proud parents and alumni sports boosters, are also adorable in their excitement about things like intellectual cultivation and school spirit.
October 3, 2008
Thanks to Stephen for offering The Natural Step's definition of sustainability. It's a good tool for focusing your (my) thinking, if a bit complex for the classic 10-second constraint. (You know -- someone asks you in an elevator or a check-out line what sustainability is, and you've got 10 seconds before losing their attention.)
October 3, 2008
As direct operating subsidies are losing ground against our expenses, and becoming increasingly tenuous as tax revenues drop, we're turning increasingly to grants to find the money to get things done.

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