Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tornados, Predictions, Destruction, STEMs

I drove through the area of destruction from last Sunday’s EF-5 tornado that wiped out a section of Joplin, Missouri. I couldn’t comprehend why so many perished when most of the homes in the area have basements. I thought that … Continue reading

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STEMz and Rotarians

I’m taking a break today due to my attendance at a conference for Rotary International, a great service organization. Along with my Rotary buddies, there is also a convention of STEMz. A group of micro-biologists is partying right alongside us. … Continue reading

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Tennessee Tom keeps me hopping

I transferred to the Monsanto plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1981. I worked for the plant engineer, Tom. I reported to my first level manager, who worked directly for Tom. You might think I had a cushion or barrier … Continue reading

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Beginning to Take a Look at the Men-tors in my Career

An unfortunate happenstance as I look back on my career is enormous the lack of female mentors. Even now, in the company I work, females in experienced positions are not aggressive in sharing their knowledge with newer female STEMs. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Planning to Keep the Peace

I most enjoy writing to highlight the work that was done and the achievements made in the ‘dark ages’ without the benefit of today’s technology. Today’s post finds me in the thick of construction of a brand new chemical plant … Continue reading

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Destination New Orleans for My First Boondoggle

Business trips are a necessary evil for most careers. Young and single, I had been out of Oklahoma and its neighboring states less than the fingers on one hand before entering the work world. I’m going to get paid for … Continue reading

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An Anniversary for Innovation

Today, May 5th, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the day Alan Shepard trusted the engineers and scientists to launch him into outer space and return him in one piece. He became the first American in space; Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin … Continue reading

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