Do Blogs Help or Hurt Careers?

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My name has become associated with a now infamous and anonymous blog. Believe me, it was not by choice. As many of you in academia can attest, very little in academia is by choice, especially if you are an administrator in the middle of a controversy! I was not seeking fame or notoriety. I was the President of a small rural college (Alfred State College) and made a decision that almost any Presidents in my situation would have made. The few individuals who were affected by my decision vowed to make life difficult and they did. A blog was started on May13, 2005 (yes, Friday the 13th!) I received an email over a weekend that carried the first posting of the blog. It was under the name of Brewster Pennybaker.

Uma G. Gupta
Senior Adviser to the State University of New York for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
State University of New York
Brockport, N.Y.

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About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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