The View from a Small Island: Ode to a Nap

On the first week of a new decade, I feel ‘a nap’ coming on. Perhaps this is driven by the weather: rainy, solid cloud cover, foggy when the drizzle lets up. In general, a stay-at-home, climb under a new (gift from grandson) soft wrap and sip hot chocolate kind-of-day. ODE TO A NAP: Back in … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Ode to a Nap

The View from a Small Island: The Awe of It

"Awe is a 'physiological reaction that seems to override my brain.' (Constance Grady (VOX.com) January 10, 2019 The excitement or anxiety of the November 3rd election has faded—somewhat. By the 15th of the month worries have moved onto the raging pandemic now sweeping the country including our beautiful coastline. Health authorities here are exclaiming ‘exponential’ … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: The Awe of It

A different kind of virus: Imbalance in Science

In the 27 October 2020 issue of STAT, journalist Shraddar Chakaadar highlights a problem that confronts women scientists often -- even if she, Akiko Iwasaki is the principal investigator of a major university laboratory (Yale University). "To know Iwasaki is to know that she is passionate about combatting sexism, power imbalances, and toxic behavior in … Continue reading A different kind of virus: Imbalance in Science

The CRISPR Nobel

In the excitement of the 2020 Nobel prizes in chemistry,  “for the development of a method for genome editing”, I became aware that I knew very little about Nobel prizes of past years. Yes, I knew that women are only infrequently awarded the Prize--so infrequently that of the 916 winners, only 56 have been women … Continue reading The CRISPR Nobel

Diversity ‘on the outs’?

That was the week that was* . . . diversity and diversity training were thrown out with the cat... by the White House and at least within federal government organizations. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-combating-race-sex-stereotyping/?utm_source=link The White House rationale is a spin which sees the 'black & white' of an argument and not the gray (context) which surrounds it--simplicity … Continue reading Diversity ‘on the outs’?