Pandemic is Life: What a Board Game Taught Me About Success

Tech Support and I have been playing Pandemic for a couple years now, ever since good friends of ours introduced us to the game. The dreadful diseases we combat include sniffilis, syphilherpetitis, zombiebomb, and gout (don’t ask me, Tech Support named them), and it’s kind of astonishing how much anxiety we feel as the disease cubes spread across the board – almost as if we really are responsible for saving the world. Who knew the game would save us from ourselves? We were nearing the end of the game one night, prepped to cure the last disease on the...

Steminism Sunday: Dr. Ellie Sattler

Welcome to a new occasional series here on ye olde blog! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be a opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. To kick us off, paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler. Yes, yes, I know. Ellie Sattler is not an actual person: she’s a fictional character from the book and movie Jurassic Park. But Jurassic Park launched one of the most profitable...

What a Week!

Sometimes there are weeks where you work 8 hours a day every day and feel like you didn’t accomplish a single thing. This was not one of those weeks. This was one of those weeks when the stars align and projects that have been going on for years – in one case, over a decade – are suddenly… done. Which is amazing, but also a little weird? Monday: I completed copy edits for a new environmental science book, coming out Spring 2020 with Kids Can Press. It is both the hardest and the best thing I’ve ever written and...