Panic/excitement sets in...


Yup, that's right, we just put in an offer for a house and it was accepted! Holy cow. I'm panicking and bouncing off the wall with excitement at the same time. It's a 4 bedroom, 2 bath contemporary on 5.75 acres of land in Merrimack, NH. It's about 10 minutes to work for me and about 20 for Neil. It also has outstanding perennial gardens. I don't believe in omens, but after 21 months of looking, there were 4 wild turkeys in the front yard when we drove up AND we went to see it on Neil's birthday. It might not be an omen, but it is a pretty cool story.

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SciFi posters, computer games, and junk food turn female students off


I was reading through the SWE magazine and came across a quick article on Classroom Environments Provide Cues and Impact Participation. It was about a study that showed that females who were exposed to a stereotypically geeky classroom (SciFi posters, coke cans, video game boxes) were less interested in computer science than those shown non-geeky objects in the classroom (nature posters, a dictionary, coffee mugs, etc.). How crazy is that?

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My friends and family are amazing - they raised $675 for Big Brothers Big Sisters!


I am unbelievably lucky to have incredible friends and family. All together they raised $675 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. How impressive is that?! I can't believe how generous and kind my friends and family are; they consistently astonish me. I'm so fortunate to have them!

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Why so few? New Report on Women in STEM Fields


The new report from AAUW on why are there so few women scientists and engineers is terrific. I highly suggest it for anyone in engineering. I had the chance to see one of the authors speak at a conference, and I was struck by some of their findings. You can download a full copy of the book on their website or request a paper copy while they last.

Some of the key points I found interesting:

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