Hang in there, Rob! Keep up the good fight for a better climate for, (and representation of) women in your department, and in departments everywhere. -cvj
At the (K)ITP the other day there was a journalist-led discussion/presentation on the largely-media-driven â€œcontroversyâ€ about string theory. You know my opinion on this -itâ€™s a largely made up story based on two inaccurate chariacatures (in book form) of research in the field- told by the same journalists and editors who some time earlier brought you the glossy stories about string theory that played up the excitement and promise, and played down the often-said but often-ignored cautionary remarks. The irony of all of this seems to have been lost on most. (I’m not saying that string theorists are entirely blameless in this, but I’ve seen how hard it is to get a balanced remark -about the basic process of seeing a complex scientific program through to its end- survive next to a glossy one-liner).
The point is that the story being told now in the press is simply the one that journalists and editors want to tell now – a David vs Goliath story. It has little or nothing to do with what is actually going on in the science research. The journalist -George Johnson- does a good job of pointing out supporting evidence for this by going through a number of stories from a decade ago and looking at their structure. […] Click to continue reading this post
Here are the three young scientists selected in the Discovery Channelâ€™s â€œYoung Scientist Challengeâ€:
From their website, about Nolan Kamitaki, aged 14, from Waiakea Intermediate School in Hawaii: […] Click to continue reading this post
Coffee break. Day two of the panel work. Locked in a room again, looking at proposals. Yesterday we deliberated over who passed to the next stage, and who did not – a painful process at times. Today there’s a final part of the process to be performed. We are writing … Click to continue reading this post