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Andrew Alden

The McNutt maneuver

By February 9, 2008

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When I wrote about women in geology a few years ago, one thing I said was, "Some of the happiest reading I know of is the remarks delivered when scientists are awarded medals. These short addressesóby women or menóare full of good advice." For a case in point, see what Marcia McNutt said when she was awarded the 2007 Ewing Medal by the AGU, reflecting on her early career years at MIT under department head Bill Brace: "Bill realized long before I did that a Radcliffe fellowship to buy me out of teaching for a year would be a really good idea while I was expecting the twins. Thanks to that brilliant, preemptive move, I published seven papers that year, won the Macelwane Medal, and soon after earned tenure." Managers of young scientists, take note.

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