Isis the Scientist

Isis the Scientist

Scientist, mother of the iKids, Strange’s wife, professorial, diversity, Iowan, bikes, shoes, debt free zealot, post-stomach. Old crone of a blogger who just never learns. Not close to affiliated with my employer.
  • SciencePhoto of Personal Tolls of the Return to In-Person Teaching

    Personal Tolls of the Return to In-Person Teaching

    I’ve been away from The Chicks for several weeks because I’ve been working on my promotion package. There are lots of people going through some seriously heavy shit right now. I’m more fortunate than most, but I’m not sure I’ll ever forget this summer. Getting ready for faculty promotion is already a high stress gambit. But, I did it in…

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  • FeminismPhoto of The Benefits of Being Vulcan

    The Benefits of Being Vulcan

    During COVID times my youngest child TD and I have made a pact to watch all of the Star Trek films. All 13 movies from the very first full-length feature with Shatner’s Kirk to the most recent revival of the Kirk and Spock universe. I love every single one of those movies, even the less well-reviewed ones. Captain Kirk’s birthplace…

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  • SkepticismPhoto of My fears about restarting in the fall…

    My fears about restarting in the fall…

    We are having some landscaping done in our neighborhood this week and, in the process of re-grading a hill, the landscapers cut our internet line. So, for the first time in more than 3 months, I had to come into my office to get some things done. It’s about 80 degrees in the building and I’m only intending to stay…

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  • ActivismPhoto of #BlackOutTuesday

    #BlackOutTuesday

    I have lots of thoughts about recent current events, but today is not the day to say any of it. My heart is broken. Now is a time to listen. We have a lot of work to do, mi gente. A lot of work, indeed. I get a kickback from the ad revenue for all the shit I post here…

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  • ActivismPhoto of Lessons From Amy Cooper and Franklin Templeton

    Lessons From Amy Cooper and Franklin Templeton

    Last night I started seeing posts pop up in my social media feed from a bird watcher who was accosted by a white woman while watching in Central Park. It absolutely broke my heart. Take a look at Amy Cooper’s shameful behavior: The birdwatcher that posted the above video is a nature advocate, science editor, and board member of the…

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  • ActivismPhoto of Why Yes, Mayo Clinic. Even the Vice President of the United States Can Transmit COVID-19

    Why Yes, Mayo Clinic. Even the Vice President of the United States Can Transmit COVID-19

    Three days after I gave birth to my youngest child TD, I developed the worst fever I’ve ever had in my life. My teeth chattered so badly I thought my jaw would break and I simultaneously sweat through my bedding and shooks with chills. I had developed Puerperal Fever, colloquially known as “Childbed Fever.” When my temperature hit 104F, I…

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  • PoliticsPhoto of The Next Wave of this Public Health Crisis May Be Scarier Than COVID

    The Next Wave of this Public Health Crisis May Be Scarier Than COVID

    There are a couple of things weighing on my mind today, as I continue to write and think about the current COVID-19 pandemic. First, I really need the media to give me a day off from debunking inflammatory headlines like “French researchers to test nicotine patches on coronavirus patients.” There is a lot of pseudoscience out there, even from people…

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  • SkepticismPhoto of Inside Higher Ed Can Fuck Right Off…

    Inside Higher Ed Can Fuck Right Off…

    I am writing this blog post during my video office hours. This is what I look like. Two students have already popped in with questions. I have not showered and I am wearing a track jacket. I have no makeup on. My nails are a mess. My gray roots are popping through my artificially red hair and I laughed with…

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