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There are a bunch of things I want to write about, but don’t really warrant their own post!

1. After a hiatus of a few months, I’ve decided to shut down my Nature Network blog. You can read my reasons in my last post here.

2. PhD paper #3 was accepted!! Woohoo!! That means I only have MSc paper #2 to deal with before I’m caught up on all my academic obligations (and I’ve given my MSc supervisor a deadline of Baby G’s arrival to get it submitted).

3. Related to #2, I had a very brief moment of Nature glory. They contacted my PhD supervisor and wanted to talk to both of us about PhD paper #3. However, by the time he returned their message, they had decided not to run the story. Oh well – it’s still something, right?

4. I have had a few moments of glory related to the open house hosted on the weekend. My name has appeared in the newspaper twice (once in an article, another in a letter-to-the-editor that I wrote), and I had a TV interview. If you want to keep up on all the goings-on at the observatory, I created a Facebook group. Check it out, and join! We need the support!

5. I’ll be putting together the August Scientiae Carnival over the weekend, so make sure to get your post submitted soon if you want to be included (official deadline is 11:59pm GMT today, but I’ll accept them over the weekend too).


August Scientiae: Time Capsule

I am hosting this month’s Scientiae. Since summer is a great time “check in” on one’s life, I thought it might be nice to look back on a previous time capsule (May 2009 Scientiae), and think about what’s in store for the next year.

Here is what I wrote over a year ago (with some comments in bold):

What I’m doing right now
– finishing up my analysis for project #3 so I can finally write my thesis (definitely done!)
– heading into the last week of my astronomy outreach program (it was sad to hand it over, but I’ve been lucky to start some new outreach projects)
– looking to hire someone to take my place in my other outreach program (that was done shortly after)
– preparing for our trip to South America (No matter how much we prepared, the trip went beyond all our expectations – including me getting my passport stolen!)

What will happen in the next 6 months
– finish my thesis, submit and defend – all by the end of September (done, done, and done – all ahead of schedule, by August 1st!)
– trip to South America in August (this became my reward for finishing my thesis early! Thank goodness I didn’t have to worry about all that stuff while traveling.)
– get the ball rolling on moving (or possibly moving!) (Or not moving! We ended up staying right here when DH got a permanent job as a research scientist)
– start looking at job possibilities once we know where we will move (Once DH took the job, I started looking into jobs, and am now working as a post-doc in the Earth Sciences department)
– thinking seriously about starting a family (Check! We started “trying” in September, 2009, went through a miscarriage, and am now expecting #1 in November)

What I think life will be like in a year from now
– settled in our new city (well, kind of check, since we never moved!)
– looking for/buying a house (we bought a house in February and moved in at the end of April!)
– having a new job in science outreach and/or education (not quite yet, but there is a strong possibility of one coming up soon)
– being pregnant!! (it’s TRUE!!! Due in November!)
– shopping for a new car (we’re doing that this month, in fact!)

So, I think I did pretty well with my predictions! Let’s see how I do this time:

What’s going on now
– trying to set up an education & outreach program for the observatory
– working on an insurance project for my post-doc
– preparing for Baby G’s arrival in November
– trying to hammer down a job for when I return after maternity leave
– knitting a tote bag

What will happen in the next six months
– buy a new car in August/September
– run two more outreach events (another open house and an event for the International Observe the Moon Night)
– finish off projects for my post-doc before I go on maternity leave
– finally submit MSc paper #2
– do a good chunk research on physics/astronomy education in Canada for a collaborative paper
– finish knitting that tote
– Baby G comes in November
– Have my parents visit at Christmas, and DH’s parents visit shortly after
– Maybe visit my parents in Arizona in the new year with Baby G

What I think life will be like in a year from now
– have an education/outreach job lined up for when I return from maternity leave (earliest start date would probably be May 1st)
– have an education & outreach program up and running for the observatory
– have a wonderful first summer with Baby G and enjoying each little milestone he hits
– go to Montreal with DH and Baby G (our first trip as a family)
– have some more renovations/projects done on the house (maybe a deck in the backyard and a second bathroom)

This will be another year of BIG changes for us! I am especially looking forward to Baby G’s arrival and getting out of research and into education & outreach.

Back to the Same?

The last week or so I have started to feel queasy and very tired again in the evenings. I’m fine all day, but when 5-6pm comes along, I just feel icky, and don’t want to eat (or at least don’t want to eat the meals we planned at the beginning of the week). I’m not sure if it’s because I’m off my morning sickness medication finally (went off about 1.5 weeks ago), or maybe I’m not eating enough during the day, or maybe I have some sort of nutrient deficiency?

In any case, I don’t want to cook, and we end up eating cereal, or simple sandwiches. I guess that’s fine – as long as we’re eating something – but it’s sure getting boring too! So, does anyone have any easy, fast, healthy, summery, recipes they’d like to share?

In other news, reviews came back on my PhD paper (#3), and the comments were very minor. So, the changes have been made and I’ll be resubmitting today! Horray!!

On a Roll?

I am so very close to submitting both a paper from my Master’s and a follow-up paper on one of my PhD projects. Is it possible that I will actually get these two things off my plate? Fingers crossed!!!

A Couple Days to Go

So, only a couple more days until I start my new post-doc! I met with my new supervisor this morning to sign the necessary papers and such. She talked a little more about what I’ll be working on (a more extensive project, now that I’ll be working four days a week), and it sounds really cool. Although, I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about what she was talking about! LOL I guess that will be one of my first tasks: reading, reading and more reading. She also introduced me to a couple people I’ll be talking to on Monday, and showed me where my office will be. I really like her so far, and think we’ll get along pretty well.

She will be away for most of the week next week, but she gave me a small project to work on. She has a small outreach budget from one of her grants, and she wants me to do a bit of research on what we can do with that money. I’m thinking we can get some sort of hands-on earthquake science kit that grad students can take into classes (or do as a workshop at the university). There is also a day-long event for high school students coming up in May, and she wants me to come up with ideas for a 1-2 hour workshop we could do.

I will also be working on some data analysis from my PhD/1st post-doc work, since we want to get a paper out on that work soon(ish). I’m giving a talk to my new research group too, which should be interesting.

As much as I love (and I mean L-O-V-E) having this time off, I’m excited to start something new and, honestly, to get out of the house!

2009 in Review

DH and I got back from our Christmas vacation last night. It was nice to visit with family and friends, and it gave us some much needed time away from home. But, it’s definitely great to be back!

2009 has been one exciting year for us! There has been a number of big changes, with still more to come. Here is a review of the past year:

The Big 3-0: I turned 30 in March, and instead of being a scary or sad time, it was actually quite liberating!

Career direction: I (finally) decided what I want to do when I grow up. Education and outreach is my passion! Now I just need to find a job…

The PhD thesis: I spent much time worrying about my thesis defense (hence why it was the second most popular subject I blogged about in 2009), but got it done on July 20th!

Dream vacation: two weeks after finishing my PhD, DH and I went on a dream vacation to Brazil and Peru in August.

Comin’ out: after a year of blogging pseudonymously, I “came out” and now blog under my real name.

Published author: two papers from my PhD thesis were accepted and published in 2009.

Paper anniversary: DH and I celebrated our first year of marriage on September 13th.

Settling down: after much anguish and waiting, DH took a permanent position right here in London at the end of September. He got his first ever car too!

Comet: to commemorate my PhD, I got another tattoo in October.

Try, try again: DH and I started “trying” in the fall, and found out we were pregnant in mid-November. Unfortunately, we lost the pregnancy about 8.5 weeks in. Not a great way to end the year, but we hope 2010 will bring us more luck in this department.

Well, I think those were the major happenings in our lives over the past 12 months! It has been an amazingly crazy year, with many ups and downs, but we made it through and are excited to see what 2010 holds for us: a house? a job that I love? perhaps a baby? what else?

Happy 2010!!!

Where to Publish?

My first paper from my PhD work was published about a year ago now. In it, I discuss the investigation of 11,000+ asteroids to determine if any of them showed cometary activity. This was only half of the archived data I was working with.

During the past few months, I have been working on the other half, and would like to publish the results. Since it would just be updating the first paper, we want it to be a short (1-2 pages) paper.

The question is where to publish it and what to publish it as. The first paper was in Icarus, which also allows “notes”. These are short papers, but it says on the website they should be on “…especially topical subjects…” that need to be published rather quickly. I don’t think this paper falls into that category.

I know Astronomy & Astrophysics has a section for short papers (research notes) that “…are short papers that contain either new results as an extension of work reported in a previous paper, or limited observations not urgent enough to be published as a Letter…“. That definitely describes the content of the paper better, but would it be strange to publish the update in a different journal?

If it’s okay to publish an update in a different journal, what other options are there?

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