about me

I’m much older than I look and I’m much smarter than I look and it’s a damn good thing too.  I’m also a Full and tenured Professor; you can learn more about that by searching for my Research website.  In my copious spare time, I try to be funny.  When I try to be serious, it always turns out to be a strained and earnest tear-jerker so I go ahead and post those too.

What else?   I am from the rural midwest where you can grow up secure in the knowledge that the outside world has no desire to pay any attention to you.  My mother is a woman who could kill a hyena with her bare hands because What the hell do you think is so funny and I’ll give you something to laugh about.  My father patiently taught Physics and Calculus and Slide Ruler 101 at a community college for forty-two consecutive years and if that don’t get you into Heaven then nothing can.  I have three older brothers and we share little except the same damn sense of humor which has turned out to be quite a lot after all.  I have a son and I can say with absolute objectivity that he is the smartest, strongest and most beautiful child that has ever lived only it’s hard to talk with all these biochemicals flooding my brain.  I am married to Clint Conrad whom I love to bits even as I fervently hope he never wakes up and realizes how much better he could do than settle for me.  I get to work fourteen hours a day with my best friend.  I have a Chesapeake Bay retriever that can jump eighteen feet horizontally if you give her a 30-meter running start.  Ain’t none of us made of glass.

Why this blog?

I am trying to get noticed as a writer*.  There, isn’t raw female ambition refreshing?  I also want to be a scientist, but wait, I already am.  Do you like what you see here?  Good, cause there’s a lot more of it ripening within my feverish little brain.

*Holy Comoly it worked!

This blog is about interactions between women and men and Academia.  I am qualified to write about this because A.) I’ve been a woman for as long as I can remember, B.) I mostly work and interact with men, and C.) I’ve never done anything with my life but show up for school each fall.  Also, these are things that I care a lot about. I also care about things that I am not qualified to write about.  I’m going to provide a bunch of links here to blogs with really good writing that I use to educate myself on these issues.  But not today.

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