Compulsive Knitter

March 24, 2009

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Filed under: grad school — Marie @ 7:21 pm

Whew!  It’s been so long since I’ve posted that WordPress’s format looks completely different.  Excuse me if I goof something up.

Some time ago I signed this pledge to post today about women in technology.  Thanks to the pledge, I now know that Ada Lovelace was the first programmer, something I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know before!  I had heard of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace’s father before, but not Ada herself.  So I just wanted to pop in here quickly, say hi, and tell you all to read the Wikipedia article about Ada if you have never heard of her before.  I’m teaching a course on communication science this semester and I wish there were more women’s contributions to the development of this field I could talk about.  Of course, there are a lot of women doing great work now, but that is research that typically falls outside the scope of this undergraduate course.  I don’t think it has to be that way, but unfortunately students in this class don’t have strong science backgrounds and seem to view this class as difficult and boring.  I hope I’m doing my part to change that perception.  All the students in my class are women and I’d love to see them not shy away from the more technical aspects of communication disorders!

PS – I hope to return to talking about knitting here soon.  The truth is that I can’t remember the last time I knitted.  My work/life balance got seriously out of wack last semester, which lead to a lot of grouchiness and no knitting.  I’ve made some adjustments to my schedule and I’m a lot happier for it, but haven’t picked up the needles yet.  I’ve been itching to get back to it, however, so that is a good sign.  I just need to wait for spring break so I can rummage through my projects back in Houston!

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