It is my great pleasure to announce that "On Being a Scientist and a Woman" has a co-blogger debuting today. Alice Pawley is a first-year faculty member in engineering education at Purdue University, and she'll bring a wonderful new dimension to the stories on the blog. Alice and I "met" on the 'net and she has a great writing voice and both a scholarly and personal perspective on women in STEM fields.
It probably surprises some of you that such a personal blog would decide to have a co-blogger. But my purpose in sharing my personal stories has always been foremost to start a conversation about the issues that scientific women face at work and home. The personal benefit I've gotten from being able to release my feelings and get support and feedback has of course been very important, but I've always viewed my blog as being about more than me.
Adding another voice to the story-tellers will expand the range of experiences that are shared. Alice is an engineer, where the culture of maleness is even more entrenched than it is in -ology. She has a long-distance marriage with another academic. She can speak to issues and ideas that I've never confronted. As an added bonus, Alice's research and professional interests center on gender perspectives and theories in engineering. Whereas, I am the queen of the anecdote, Alice can actually put things in a bigger context. And that's something that I've felt was sometimes lacking from our conversations on this blog.
I'm sure that you'll be seeing some changes around here over the next few weeks and months. We may decide to change the name of the blog (although the URL is here to stay). We have a few projects we want to unfurl as soon as our busy schedules allow. But those changes are mostly cosmetic, and this blog will remain a place where we can share stories, gather support, and have great conversations. And there will always be Minnow posts on Mommy Mondays.
For now, let's welcome Alice!
How exciting! I especially can't wait to hear about surviving a long distance marriage, as I'll be getting married in May and then living apart for the first 3ish years until I finish my Ph.D., while he moves away for residency.
Welcome, Alice. :)
It's also rather obvious where you've come out of the closet for those who are in the women STEM blog community. Aren't you worried?
You should change the name of the blog to "On Being Two Scientists and Two Women".
Wow. Welcome Alice!
Welcome Alice! Looking forward to the new reads...
Welcome, Alice!! I'm looking forward to having my two favorite bloggers in one place!
Thanks, everyone! :-)
doc-in-training: yes, I'm totally worried. Rather petrified. But I realized that I was also worried before. I mean, it wasn't too hard to figure out who I was before - blogging under my own name is just going to mean I have to be honest about it. Of course, I'm keeping the other venue too in case I need a rant or two that I don't want to broadcast quite as loudly.
physioprof: indeed, we need a better name. Anyone else have ideas too?
welcome Alice! Nice to see you here!
Welcome, Alice! Does this mean we get twice as many posts? This blog is already the highlight of my day--now it will be even more so!