Jan. 14th, 2013

work

Jan. 14th, 2013 12:05 pm
clevermynnie: (see us waving)
So I found out that a talk I proposed got accepted for the spring meeting of the Materials Research Society in San Francisco, which is pretty great. My fellowship includes a bit of travel money, and at least one grad school friend will be there, plus one of the grad students I work with here is going too. In a weird twist, Ben is going to a conference the week before in the exact same conference center, so we will overlap and have a weekend in the Bay Area together, just like the old days. I haven't been out there in four years, but it will be great to see people and eat at the Cheeseboard.

More generally my work is going alright, though at the moment a lot of my projects are in a 'wait for X' stage, which feels tedious when it all happens at once. I want to DO things, not hassle people to move purchasing or installation or whatever forward on track. Maybe in these situations I should be spending my spare time in the lab futzing around instead of reading papers, because otherwise I just get restless.

I am coming up on one year in this job. It doesn't seem like it's been that long, or that our trip back to Philly in late February will mark a year and a half since we moved away! But on the other hand, I've done a lot in this lab so I suppose it makes sense that it's already been a year. I do feel like I am sorting out what I really want to do in science, and that feels pretty good.

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