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Sharon Stephenson
Gettysburg College
I like neutrons and the liberal arts.
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Almost two weeks of classes are over at my fine institution, and I find myself thinking about how hard it is to make a diamond, that is, a physicist. Look at the side by side comparison of the most famous diamond and the most famous physicist: and you can tell... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Strange and Charming
The new edition of Redivider is out, and I encourage you to fork over $8 for the ebook and then make your way (eventually) to page 95. Word. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Strange and Charming
This week David Leonard wrote a piece that really got some of my fellow academics worked into a lather, a piece about imposter syndrome. Whenever the discussion of imposter syndrome resurfaces, I feel like the audience is about two decades too old to matter. Three weeks ago I was on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Strange and Charming
And JS caught a mistake in the above plot -- such an intelligent human is she! I've corrected it in my elog, but I'll leave my mistake here, in public, just to remind me to be especially alert on cold Fridays.
I want to become the old woman in a house filled with puppies. Like Cruella, only in sensible shoes and wool coat.
Data makes me happy. Very, very happy. Will you just LOOK at this? What do you see? Yes, yes, a graph. With colors on it. The little colored blobs are where nuclei have made it through the holes of a thick metal mask, to the Promised Land of the Detector,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Strange and Charming
For the past eight days I've had scores of folks point me to an article by Eileen Pollack, a writer-professor with a BS in physics. Most have asked what I think of Pollack's piece, and what I think is this -- the culture for American women in physics has not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Strange and Charming
By the way, thanks to my brother Clint for pointing me to the sock puppets. Whatavah.
Hi lovely strangers, In my habit of shameless self promotion -- I like to frame it as rejoicing when something good happens -- I offer up my latest essay. I also want to make you smile on this fine Tuesday, so I also offer up sock puppets: Hopefully you like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Strange and Charming
Source: Smithsonian Institution Archives Photographer unknown No known copyright restriction Neither Marie Curie nor I had eyes only for physics and math as children. MC decided at around 18, I was closer to 19. We both had to study our asses off to make up for our “deficiencies” in our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Strange and Charming
Cesium is flat out gorgeous. No other element has her slippery sheen, her spooky ability to look simultaneously gold and silver. But beauty comes at a price -- cesium-137 is extremely high maintenance. First, she's emits radiation like Joan Collins talks. She's a gamma emitter, so heave on that lead... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2013 at Strange and Charming
Last week I had a lovely dinner with seven physics majors from SUNY-Geneseo and my favorite quantum mechanic S J Padalino. I was asked about having kids in graduate school. I did not procreate in graduate school, so I point you to Randi Ludwig, who decided to make a baby... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Strange and Charming
Here's another non-fiction piece, this time in Pure Slush.< via Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 10, 2012 at Strange and Charming
My first creative (or literary, take your pick) nonfiction publication is now live! Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Strange and Charming
Gear up for a career that is elitist in title but not necessarily in salary. Which one are you? The Ingenue: Innocent graduate students, prior to their thesis advisers taking credit for their work. Later becomes #8 or #5. Wears: Anything black. Icon: Oppenheimer in his twenties. Reads: Bhagavad Gita... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2011 at Strange and Charming
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Dec 9, 2011
Your previous guests (thorium, tritium) have been handfuls (of alpha and beta radiation, respectively), so let me warm your holidays by welcoming dear Aluminum-26 into your dining room. He is handsome, graceful, charming as the day is long. Old, and yet he doesn’t look a day over thirty. Get our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Strange and Charming
Let me be clear. I want a personal assistant. How about Kris K. of NYC? The commute is too far. The cost too high. Perhaps you can afford one? Perhaps you can afford one for me? A copy of Carol Dweck's Mindset. Easy read, hand it to another physicist when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Strange and Charming
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I met with a frazzled first-year physics student who had been juggling her ambitious courseload with her cheerleading obligations. I assumed she was in my office, wringing her scarf and talking fast, because she was running on fumes like so many of her fellow students... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Strange and Charming
The Public Lecture at this year's American Physical Society's Division of Nuclear Physics meeting starred Richard Reeves, humph humph, a silver-haired fox with an enviable web-presence and esteemed history with the New York Times. The lecture topic was the life of Ernest Rutherford. Reeves has written a relatively recent biography... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Strange and Charming
Tritium grudgingly and finally accepted your kind invitation to dine with you and yours at your lovely home. Congratulations, and yes, he is always that surly. Of course you appreciate him, even if the man on the street associates Tritium with the Apocalypse. Consider his past -- he’s bitter. Smooth... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Strange and Charming
It’s time for the first installment in a series I’ll call “A Nuclide is Coming for Dinner…” Somehow your people managed to get Thorium to come to YOUR HOUSE! A feather in your cap, truly. Don’t tell too many people unless you want the science press to show up. First,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Strange and Charming
As promised, oh lovers of Newton and Einstein, is the poem I read aloud today in class. If you aren't one of the few, the proud students in Physics 112, you will have no idea what it all means. And now our time in class is fairly done, With Fash... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Strange and Charming