January 20th, 2009



In ‘Geek Chic’ and Obama, New Hope for Lifting Women in Science

Jeez, give the guy a break. I know the slogans were "Hope" and "Change", but I highly doubt the federal government is likely to change the number of women in academic physics in the U.S. It's just going to be more commissions, more money thrown at universities, and more time wasted in the academy when people could be doing something better suited to their desires.

Dumb comparison:
For many female physicists, the mystery of women’s slow progress through their ranks is nearly as baffling as the research mysteries they confront in the lab. Of course, only 6 percent of physics professors are female; only 4 to 6 percent of the matter in the universe is visible. “Sound familiar?” Evalyn Gates, the assistant director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, said wryly.

Leave the female geeks alone, please. Some of us want to make money, you know. I saw physics as a dead end. And the level of understanding of the numerical algorithms amongst the people doing computational physics was ridiculously low (at least at State). I still like reading about physics and what's going on there (nanotubes have come such a long way since I was running some very simple models on stretching the suckers. I guess that random guy who called asking about making climbing ropes with nanotubes wasn't so crazy after all.)