Monthly Archives: November 2012

Gender parity in science, technology, and beyond: another rebuttal to Margaret Wente

I’ve been told that columnists like the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente are encouraged to present controversial opinions in the hopes of increasing readership.  I can assure the G&M that nobody I know buys the Globe to find out what … Continue reading

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Bhutan: the Dragon Kingdom in the Himalayas

I’ll never forget the day a colleague of mine from electrical engineering came bursting to my office unexpectedly. I had never seen this mild-mannered, middle-aged engineering prof so excited. “Jane,” he said, “I’ve just come back from a trip to … Continue reading

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Science, technology, girls and the media

Let’s start with STEM.  What comes to mind?  Plant stems?  Long-stemmed roses (or tulips)?  Stemware?  Stem cells?  For those of us who are immersed in the world of science and technology, STEM has a different meaning; it stands for Science, Technology, … Continue reading

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Warthog on the runway; we’ll just wait a minute

Note: This post is a continuation of Stuck in the sand in lion country I’ll admit it, I had never heard of the Okavango Delta.  And when I was told it was the world’s largest inland delta, that didn’t help.  I … Continue reading

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Setting personal goals: re-evaluating running

It’s time to answer the question: “What next?”  In the running department, that is.  The past two years our plan has worked well.   Having target races has been key.  The running year just finished we scheduled a family-gathering half marathon … Continue reading

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Stuck in the sand in lion country

If one of your kids ever ends up working in Botswana for 2 ½ years and you get asked to come along on a camping safari in your kid’s second-hand truck, be sure to say, “Yes.”  Sure, there may be … Continue reading

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To travel or not to travel, that’s rarely been a question at our house

Robby: “Mama, how come we always go to Florida every winter, like Hubie Hummingbird and his family?  Ollie Osprey says his family goes to the Caribbean, and Rosie Grosbeak and her family go to Mexico.  Can’t we go somewhere new … Continue reading

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