Imagine my surprise when I stole a peek at my blog this afternoon and saw all of the new comments. Thanks to my commenters for cluing me in that I am today's "blog of note" on the blogger main page.
For those visiting for the first time, here's a quick idea of what I'm about. I am a PhD candidate (defending in 2 months) in the natural sciences in the Pacific Northwest. My goal is to land a tenure-track position at a Research 1 (R1) university so that I can keep doing the things I love: research, teaching, and mentoring students. As the blog title states, I'm also a woman. Statistically, the chances are low for even the guys to succeed in R1 academia...maybe you've heard of publish or perish? Well, those statistics are even more dismal if you are a woman. Fortunately for me, I've had mostly good in experiences so far, starting with my mother, an amazing single mom woman science professor.
So this blog is a place for me to tell the stories of my life and the lessons I've learned as I navigate toward my goal. If I am doing my writing job well, hopefully those stories provide some measure of comfort, solidarity, or inspiration for other academic women and other aspiring scientists. I also like to share stories I run across in the news about women in science. One way I do this is through my sporadic women in science update, as the news warrants and my time permits. Sometimes I also write about topics related to communicating science, but that doesn't get as much of my time as I would like. One of my goals is to not let my work subsume everything else, so sometimes I write about trying to maintain "balance" or I comment on news stories of general interest to women. And like most people, I need fun too, so I definitely have my occasional fluffy moments.
If this profile sounds appealing, stick around. I try to post at least every other day, and some day this week, I'll be sharing some big news. (But please no public guessing).