Re: [ECOLOG-L] Families in Science - Balancing your personal and professional life

2012-04-29 Thread karen golinski
I wonder how a person who is regularly away from home from 6 AM until after
10 PM really raises a family? Most kids are sleeping during the at home
time of 10 PM-6 AM.

It saddens me to think that people want to silence the discussion of
positive models of work-life balance. Just because people have to work the
long hours described below does not mean it is a good (or productive) way
to live our lives.

On Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM, Robert Hamilton roberthamil...@alc.eduwrote:

 I must say that I find this conversation somewhat embarrassing, and hope
 it never gets out into the public domain. I have and have always had
 friends and neighbours who work 2 or 3 jobs to keep things going.
 Literally going to work at 6AM and not coming home till after 10PM
 working jobs at places like Walmart and McDonalds. Lots of people work
 8+ hours per say 50 weeks a year, like say my Dad, and had no problem
 raising a family and contributing to the community. This whole thing is
 a study in extreme narcissism. How's that for a wet blanket!

 Robert Hamilton, PhD
 Professor of Biology
 Alice Lloyd College
 Pippa Passes, KY 41844

 -Original Message-
 From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
 [mailto:ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] On Behalf Of Jahi Chappell
 Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:07 PM
 Subject: Re: [ECOLOG-L] Families in Science - Balancing your personal
 and professional life

 While putting resources into science, including ecology, is of course a
 wonderful, necessary, and valuable thing, assuredly supporting our own
 families with our presence, time, and energy (and societal resources) is
 at least as wonderful, necessary, and valuable. Indeed, as many benefits
 as flow from science and science funding, we know that having strong
 families and communities makes everyone better off, ceteris parabus, and
 having strong families and communities requires time and resource
 investment from everyone.

 Even granting the proposition that we in the US produce the best and
 most successful scientists in the world, all accounts indicate that we
 certainly don't produce the highest average of happy and most secure
 and successful families in the world. We have a *lot* of those, but
 alas, our median is likely much lower than our mean, and both are likely
 behind countries like those Andres analyzed. So much of what so many are
 lacking are basic needs, connections, support networks, and resources,
 something depending as much or more on good and participatory governance
 than new scientific discovery--we need more time for more participation
 outside our work and research, not less.

 On 4/27/12 10:22 AM, David L. McNeely wrote:

 This is not meant as a wet blanket, as I encourage family friendly
 employment practices for all countries and for all occupations.  But, I
 wonder how those figures would look if all areas of science were
 considered?  It may be that smaller economies, and the Scandinavian
 countries in particular, put a greater fraction of their available
 resources for scientific research into ecology than do larger economies
 and non-Scandinavian countries.  Is U.S. science more diversified than
 Finnish or Icelandic science?

 David McNeely

  Andres Lopez-Sepulcre wrote:
 Since we're at it, it did the same calculation for all four countries
 ranked first in gender equality by the Global Gender Gap Report. All
 four, as far as I remember, provide generous paternity leaves that
 guarantee job security and can be shared between mother and father.
 ISI indexed publications in Ecology per capita (countries ranked in
 order of 'gender equality index')
 Iceland: 1167
 Norway: 1794
 Finland: 1500
 Sweden: 1361
 Not only do these countries do significantly better in ecology 'per
 capita' than the less family-oriented scientific powerhouses (e.g.
 USA: 650, UK: 660), but it almost seems that if anything, their ranking
 in the gender equality index is correlated with their productivity, not
 an 'impediment' ... safe for Iceland, but do remember that Iceland
 suffered the largest financial collapse in world history in these last 5
 Even when this small sample and oversimplified analysis is not proof of
 anything, I hope it can change peoples' perceptions that countries that
 have increased social welfare, gender equality and more protective
 labour laws are less productive.
 Andres Lopez-Sepulcre
 Laboratoire d'Ecologie, UMR 7625
 Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
 On Apr 27, 2012, at 6:43 PM, Cecilia Hennessy wrote:
 PERFECT response, thank you so much!  If we Americans could stop patting
 ourselves on the back long enough to realize that other countries have
 successful ways of doing things too, maybe we could learn from
 international example and progress more efficiently.

 On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 7:48 AM, Andres Lopez-Sepulcre

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Families in Science - Balancing your personal and professional life

2012-05-01 Thread karen golinski
Please, I'm not sure how it has come down to this but for the record: I
absolutely *do* support work/life balance initiatives and models that are
family (and couple and single-person)-positive, both inside and outside of

On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM, Jacquelyn Gill wrote:

 Hi Karen,

 The problem with this framework is that you risk guilting parents (usually
 women) for choices they
 are forced to make, or even those they may genuinely want to make,
 especially if the parents' level of
 engagement doesn't match what others expect. Like I said earlier, for some
 people, a mother's
 choosing to work at all is irresponsible. Framing arguments in this way is
 ultimately damaging and
 shifts the burden away from institutions who need to step up and support
 parents, and instead shifts
 that burden to parents for whom choice may be relative and is definitely
 highly value-laden. I don't
 see the value in reminding people who are probably already very aware that
 that can't spend enough
 time with their kids that, in addition for working hard to provide their
 family at the expense of having
 a fulfilling life, they're also not really raising their kids. Those
 choices were probably hard to make. I
 also still fail to see how that is relevant to a discussion of women in
 academia-- the overwhelming
 evidence is that women are leaving academia because there aren't
 institutions in place to support
 them, not that women are abandoning their families.

 Best wishes,


G. Karen Golinski, PhD

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread karen golinski
  Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology
  Date: Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:49 PM
  I am teaching a contemporary biology course for non-science majors
 in the fall and for the first time I am fortunate to be able to organize
 the course at my discretion. Effectively, I can present any material I wish
 as long as I hit broad themes such as Cell Theory and Evolution. While this
 is certainly doable, I am struggling deciding exactly what content to
 present. The course is meant to present the science of contemporary issues
 that may be important and/or interesting to the non-science student rather
 than a broad survey course encompassing all of biology. There is another
 such survey course with a set syllabus that I am not teaching, and there
 are two other sections of contemporary biology that are focusing on
 genetics. I would like to focus on the many ecological issues that both
 affect and are affected by humans. My struggle involves the fact that this
 may be the only (or last) biology these students get before we cast them
 out into the world.
  So I want to be sure and cover all my bases.
  I am writing Ecolog with two questions. First, what is the relative
 merit of including as much biology as possible as opposed to focusing on
 fewer but perhaps more directly relevant ecological topics? These students
 will most likely not become scientists, and certainly won't need to
 memorize the structure of all the amino acids, for example. On the other
 hand, would I be cheating them somehow by not providing enough information
 to them for making informed decisions on topics outside of my direct area
 of expertise, such as developmental biology and stem cells?
  The other question I have involves textbooks. Is anyone aware of a
 text (or perhaps pop-science books) designed for the non-science major that
 focuses on ecology, in particular the involvement of humans in ecological
 systems? I haven't been able to find something I like and am looking for
  Thanks and I'll circulate a summary response if/when the discussion
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Re: [ECOLOG-L] Web Sites or Job Boards for Geneticists

2012-09-26 Thread karen golinski

You could try the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution site and the EvolDir (Evolution Directory)
site (scroll down for job


On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM, Christopher Brown cabr...@tntech.eduwrote:

 To all,

 This is a bit outside of ecology, but I'm hoping someone can help answer
 a question. Our department is in the process of looking for a geneticist
 (very broadly defined, so it could be population, molecular,
 developmental, etc.), and we plan on advertising in the usual places
 such as Science and CHE. We'd also like to post the advertisement on a
 site or job board more directly geared towards geneticists, but none of
 us on the committee know which site (or sites) would be best for this.
 Thus, if anyone has any suggestions for appropriate genetics society web
 sites and/or job boards, I'd appreciate hearing from you!



 Chris Brown

 Associate Professor

 Dept. of Biology, Box 5063

 Tennessee Tech University

 Cookeville, TN  38505



G. Karen Golinski, PhD

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Evlauation of foreign educational credentials

2013-06-19 Thread karen golinski

She could try World Education Services. They did a competent evaluation of
my transcripts (Canada).


On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:21 PM, Dana Reimer drei...@hunter.cuny.eduwrote:

 Ecologers: a student I know is eager to have her foreign educational
 credentials (PhD in Geochemistry) evaluated so that she can apply for jobs
 in the United States. Can anyone recommend an ethical agency (or agencies)
 that does this kind of work in the sciences?

 Dana G. Reimer

 Assistant to Chair

 Department of Geography

 Hunter College, CUNY

 695 Park Avenue

 New York, NY 10065

G. Karen Golinski, PhD

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Plant Ecology Websites for the PNW

2014-06-12 Thread karen golinski

You may want to try the BC E-Flora:



On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM, Natalie Scott wrote:

 Hello fellow ecologers,

 I was wondering if anyone had any website suggestions for looking up
 information on native plants in the Pacific Northwest. I am working on a
 native plant guide for my job and am having a hard time finding information
 on subjects like: ecology, seed ecology, establishment rates,herbivory and
 propogation techniques. I don't really have access to good libraries where
 am and my databases results (using things like Web of Science) are not
 coming up with much.

 Here are some websites I have been using:
 Fire Effects Plant Database (for all plants):

 Silvics Manual of North America (for trees):

 Burke Museum of Natural History Plant Database:

 Any suggestions?

G. Karen Golinski, PhD

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Built in GPS unit in Point and shoot cameras

2015-05-04 Thread karen golinski
Hi Jacob,

If you normally use a Garmin GPS, you can geotag your photos using the
Garmin Basecamp program. Just make sure your camera and GPS unit are set to
the same date/ timezone/ time, and enable the tracking function on your
GPS. Check out the instructions on this page:

I found that using the GPS function in my camera used a lot of battery
power, and my Garmin has better accuracy than my camera.


G. Karen Golinski
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Smithsonian Institution

On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM, Jacob Hadle wrote:


 I have a question for those of you who are familiar with point and shoot
 digital cameras that have built-in GPS units. A project I have acquired
 this summer involves a plant inventory on a ~7,000 acres site (open and
 dense canopy areas). In part, the protocol requires us to take a picture
 of each plant species and document their latitude and longitude
 coordinates. To optimizes my time effectively, using a camera that
 geotags each picture would seem to work well.

 The main interests I have in the point and shoot camera in not so much
 how the quality the picture takes, but how accurate the camera will pick
 up coordinates. I have spent a considerable amount of time online, and
 calling local camera stores researching which point and shoot camera
 would have the best GPS quality; however, I have found very little
 information about the accuracy and performance in these built-in GPS
 units. I am currently looking into the Canon PowerShot D20 or the Ricoh
 G700 SE-M.

 If anyone has experience using digital cameras with built-in GPS units
 in the field, I would truly appreciate your thoughts.

 Most grateful,