• Men present: 12 (not including the speaker)
  • Women present: 8
  • Women missing: 4 (33%)

Apologies for the long absence, gentle readers. My two-year-old has been waking us up two to four times per night for for the past few months, making it nigh-impossible for me to string two coherent sentences together. But he now seems to be sleeping through more often than not, which goes a long way to explaining my new-found energy and good mood.

The gender count above helps, too. It's better than I've seen in a while. Of course, the 'women' count was heavily skewed toward students (i.e., five) while the 'men' count actually skewed toward senior faculty, but hey. It still makes me hopeful.