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Context and Variation

Context and Variation

Human behavior, evolutionary medicine… and ladybusiness.

Canopy Meg: Fancy Title, But Does She Still Have Authority?

A quick update on the Nature Research Center "reassignment" of Dr. Meg Lowman, AKA Canopy Meg. Jonathan Pishney, NRC Museum Communications Director, wrote me this morning: Hello Kate, After reading your Scientific American blog post Why Has Canopy Meg Been Ousted?

June 19, 2013 — Kate Clancy

Why Has Canopy Meg Been Ousted?

Something smells fishy. A few weeks ago, the Raleigh News Observer reported that Dr. Margaret Lowman, known to many in the science communication field as Canopy Meg, was going to be “shifted” out of her position as Director of the Nature Research Center.

June 17, 2013 — Kate Clancy

No One Is Immune. I Am Not Immune.

TRIGGER WARNING. Describes unwanted contact, may be triggering to survivors of harassment or assault. *     *     * No woman is immune. *     *     * “Don’t I know you from the gym?” A trim, older man is smiling in line in front of me at the allergist’s office.

June 8, 2013 — Kate Clancy

Ladybusiness Link Love

A new post coming shortly, but in the meantime read these other posts. A rather specific set of links this time, because there has been some pretty good ladybusiness writing in the last month.

May 30, 2013 — Kate Clancy

Your Lady Parts Don t Like It When You Get Sick: Relationships Between Immune Health and Reproductive Hormones

Life history trade-offs are the bread and butter of biological anthropology. The way we understand the importance of certain traits and life events is in how they vary in response to selection pressures like energy availability or climate, but also cultural beliefs and practices.That’s why it matters to us when you got your first period, or what your birth weight was, or how closely you decided to space your children, or if you had them at all.

May 21, 2013 — Kate Clancy

Link Love: Pedagogy, Higher Ed, Ladies and Neat Stuff

I’ve been reading some good stuff the last few weeks, thought I’d share it here. Pedagogy Cheating to Learn. A great way to engage students is put them in charge of the conditions for their exam.

May 3, 2013 — Kate Clancy

Defensive Scholarly Writing and Science Communication

Jammer Hurrycane Jackie shows her defensive stance at a Twin City Derby Girls intraleague bout. Photo by Tom Schaefges, used with permission. A few weeks ago I was reading over page proofs for a now-published manuscript, and I must have had my science writer brain on.

April 24, 2013 — Kate Clancy

I had no power to say that s not okay: Reports of harassment and abuse in the field

It was getting late, the student center all but deserted. My old friend and I had a table to ourselves, awkwardly wedged among the chairs that had been set in a circle for an invited talk I had just given to some undergraduates about issues for women in science.My friend alluded to having a challenging field site.

April 13, 2013 — Kate Clancy

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