Month: September 2007

A note to new investigators

Academic scientists like myself have three major responsibilities: teaching, scholarship (i.e. research), and service to one’s discipline. As part of that service component, I review grants for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Center for Scientific Review (CSR)

My Imperfect 5K

Inspired by Christine Kane’s post on Allowing Imperfection, I signed up for a local 5K that started about a 1/2 mile from my house. Our local Panera Bread was hosting the race to raise money for the Food Bank of


I love Christine Kane’s blog. I needed her post today called Allowing Imperfection. The premise is to not let our imperfection keep us from doing something we want to be doing when we know we may not do it well.

HERS Institute – September

The residential HERS program met this past weekend to address our “Change Challenges”. We were asked to write up the challenges we face in our institutions in a fictionalized fashion as case studies. I had my new boss, who just

Dreams within reach?

I keep hearing the refrain from the Daughtry song Home (Amazon Window’s media link) Be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it all you just might get it all and then some you dont want be


I cried the first time I saw this picture. It seemed so futile and yet so hopeful at the same time. You can find this picture and more like it here. GQ published a terrific interview (9 pages to click

Mt. Bierstadt

Today my husband and I went to Mt. Bierstadt, one of Colorado’s fourteeners. It started out cold with a forecast of light rain. While we needed to layer to start the climb, we missed the rain. The cooler weather overall

Life in the Ivory Tower

Since starting the Denver HERS Institute, I have been reading many of the on-line resources recommended to us. From time to time I wonder whether my experiences in higher education are unique. Today’s answer was a resounding NO. I came

Thought, Word or Deed?

Thought. Word. Deed. One of my long term goals in life is to have these three things in perfect harmony. I have a good handle on deeds. I can be careless with my words at times. My thoughts need a