Why *I'm* here

naidu shawna lynn snaidu at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu
Sat Aug 21 09:13:57 EST 1993


Hi everyone!  I've been lurking about this group for a couple of months now
and thought I'd chime in a bit.  I'm a fifth year grad student at University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  I'm in Plant Biology, specifically 
physiological ecology.  I study how shade-developed hardwood tree saplings 
acclimate to canopy gaps that form in forests.

I read this group because I like to here how other women in science deal 
with the particular problems we, as women, have in this male-dominated 
field (I feel that, despite changing trends, science still is male-
dominated--my field especially).  The recent discussion about marriage
and career (I'm married, no children) and crying in front of others are
two examples of such topics that I have read and and appreciated.  I
especially like knowing that I'm not the only one to experience these 
things.  There are a few good women role models at this school, but 
its a bit less intimidating to discuss on this network because of the semi-
anonymity.

I agree with another poster who said it was good to have some men posting
to this goup; however, it seems that some people (of both sexes) have some
real antagonism towards the opposite sex.  I'd like people to try to be more
courteous to one another, this group is for the exchange of ideas, not a 
format for attacking one another (IMO).


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* Shawna      snaidu at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu |The opinions expressed are not  *
* Plant Biology at UIUC               |necessarily my own.             *
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