Category Archives: plumbers of science

This is us, trying to fit in

**Or “Who cares if it’s der, die or das Tür – it’s a f%$#%*g door!!”** I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while, and now – after I was locked out of my blog for over two days … Continue reading

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The Michael Schumacher Effect

No, I don’t follow Formula 1 – my husband is the gear head in the family. And no, I’ve never liked Michael Schumacher particularly: he is just too much of a ‘nice guy’. I will not comment on what was … Continue reading

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A day in our lives

She The alarm goes off at 5:30 am: this is as late as I can get away with. There is no time to hit the snooze button or just lie there for a minute – if I hit the snooze … Continue reading

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News from the tower of Babel

This morning, I had a news release from the US National Science Foundation in my inbox: a new ice coring record was set in Greenland this season. That is good news in itself, since it will give climate researchers a … Continue reading

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It’s a numbers game

A long time ago in the last century – a timid biology student – I was temping at Cargill, a big international corporation that trades in just about anything. Their offices in Hamburg were rather inconspicuous: not in one of … Continue reading

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“You’re always at work now, mommy!”

…my son said this morning while I was frantically rushing around to get dressed, pack my lunch, throw the laptop in my bag and grab my charged mobile phone, and run out of the door to catch the bus at … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, we’re here to help…

In case you’ve ever looked at that short description of my blog – yes, up there, right below the title – you may have wondered what exactly this is about. Well. On the surface I am writing about science from … Continue reading

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Trying to grow up – not sideways…

I don’t have much more to add to the discussion of ‘careers outside of science’. However, I would like to point out that, concerning ones career and general path in life, it is – or would be – much preferable … Continue reading

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Be kind to us

I’ve noticed during my attendance here at the 2009 meeting of the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) that, when introducing myself as working for a publishing company, people look at me slightly wary – and that even though … Continue reading

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Have suitcase full of posters, will travel

I arrived in Nice, France, in pouring rain (yes, you read correctly) this afternoon to attend one of the really big meetings in the world of aquatic sciences over the next week. The annual meeting of the American Society for … Continue reading

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