Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nightmare of a Scientific Mum. Part 2. The Family Beasties

To tell the truth, my hubby wasn't enthusiastic about this cartoon at all... But well, women in science must exactly know this feeling, although it is hard and not nice to admit it, and we try to suppress such feelings. One of the rare successful women in science whom I know told me that family just makes you better in science, makes you better in understanding people, in team work, creativity, and of course it gives you also a strong background and support, and a place/calm harbour to relax and to recharge your batteries before your next scientific battle. Some say it is also good because your organisational skills improve and you are better at timing as well. But well, sometimes there is a very strong competition between your carreer and family ambitions, your time devoted to science or family, and so sometimes you feel this way. (And of course you feel lousy and guilty and very bad due to this, but we all have to cope with such feelings and try to do both science and family at the same time...)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Nightmare of a Scientific Mum. Part 1. The Carreer Monster

Well, in fact it is true that I really feel sometimes that my carreer wants to eat up my family life. So I dedicated this cartoon to this fear. Another aspect of this cartoon is that in case of many women in science (the rare women who can survive as scientists) carreer really eats up the family life (so either they do not have any, no husband, no kids, just science) or they do have something, but they loose it progressively due to their carreer advancement.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Safety signs for the scientific boss

I do not want to comment too much, and I could have included other ideas as well (maybe I'll do next time in a continuation of this work)... First of all, the one that is missing is that all bosses simply think:
'I am the most important, the only one, the first, the head, the brain, it was only my idea originally, it is my topic, my results' - and in contrast with this: 'you are nothing'... How many times I have experienced this, and all the above represented examples...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Baby names for informaticians

Not too much comments, but in fact almost no really good female/girl names are available in informatics...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Update on Scientific Pet Names thanx to a comment :-)

Thanks to the comment of Mertsu I have thought over this comic strip... So, in this second version all animals are named after scientists... This way almost all major natural sciences (or areas) are represented in it, because it refers to famous experiments in ethology/learning/physiology (Pavlov's dogs), to quantum physics (Schrödinger's cat paradox) and chemistry/biology (Priestley's mice who helped him to discover oxygen, and the fact that somehow plants can produce this substance, now we know that by photosynthesis...) Thanks a lot Mertsu.