Yesterday, my beloved colleague Sharon Alker in English joined us for a CS Lunch discussion of how Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is relevant to computer scientists. In a nutshell, she argued that 1843 was a time of technological change in many ways like our own, and she had us closely read some short passages in that light.
But before we looked at A Christmas Carol, Sharon shared the following list with us. I have gained her permission to share that list with you, gentle readers. Continue reading
In my last post, I reflected on kicking off my year-long sabbatical with a six-week trip abroad with my daughter and husband. In this post, I will discuss new routines for the next several months of my sabbatical, and the transition from traveling to being at home. Continue reading
A week ago, I returned from a six-week trip abroad. In this post, I’ll reflect on my goals for the trip and how they were (or were not) accomplished. In my next post, I’ll discuss the transition from traveling on sabbatical to being on sabbatical at home. Continue reading
Today I rebooted my mid-range career plan, on the timescale of about one month to two years out. To my surprise, I found myself using Trello. How did that happen? Read on. Continue reading
This week I decided to visit Emberfuel Coworking in downtown Walla Walla for their monthly first-Friday open house. My faculty office opens onto the CS Commons, which I’m sure will fill up with students again once classes resume. So, I’m looking for other places to work during my sabbatical.
I’ve been curious about Emberfuel for a while. I learned about the open house from Meetup.com, which a LACS colleague persuaded me to join at our annual meeting about a month ago. Here are my first impressions. Continue reading
For me, June marked the beginning of a year-long sabbatical. This meant an abrupt return to the research I almost entirely neglected during my first year back to teaching and administration after the birth of my child. All I had done was write two proposals – one for summer research, and one for the sabbatical itself.
This won’t be a post about the content of my research: that’s a topic for later in the year. Rather, this post discusses the habits I’ve retained from the academic year, new habits I am forming now, and habits I am considering for later in my sabbatical. Continue reading
This Sunday, we graduated our first full class of 15 computer science majors! Thirteen of them are shown below, along with an independent major in “Data Science and Energy Systems”, celebrating after their capstone team presentations at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference. We have a lot to be proud of!
At Whitman, we are nearing the end of Week 9 of the fall 2018 semester – my first semester as a working mother. At the start of the semester, I shared some thoughts on returning to teaching, which included commitments to leave work at 5 pm, stop overproducing, and prioritize food. How am I doing? Continue reading