I was lucky enough to join some awesome fellow grad students on an overnight hiking trip last weekend in the White Mountains. Since we stayed in a hut with bunkhouses and a pretty serious kitchen, I can’t say we were backpacking, or even really camping…but I definitely appreciated the comforts, especially in the winter! I hadn’t […]Read more "Winter weekend in the Whites"
[Edited to add: this is a draft of my public comment on “Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996.” Comments may be submitted at the following site until May 26, 2017 for Bears Ears National Monument, and until July 10, 2017 for all other monuments under review: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001 ] America’s public lands, including national […]Read more "Dear Secretary Zinke…"
The Trump administration released its first budget outline today. As far as I have been able to keep track, here are the proposed budget changes for science funding by agency: NIH: -18% to science funding DOE: -20% to science funding NOAA: -17% overall + elimination of one of their main research programs EPA: -31% overall […]Read more "Science funding (rant alert!)"
I felt guilty going cross-country skiing today, instead of going to Copley Square or Logan Airport to protest Trump’s most recent outrage against American ideals and common decency (that would be the executive order on Friday targeting refugees and immigrants from select Muslim-majority countries…he’s done some horrifying stuff since then, but few people seem to […]Read more "Taking time for something good"
Here’s a very brief summary of my last six weeks: finished the fall semester (not even going to try to recap that), went home, Zach arrived, had roommate Kristine over for a few days before Christmas and went downhill skiing (and helped her get some exposure therapy for her fear of dogs), woke up Christmas […]Read more "Skiing, marching, skiing again"
True to form, it’s taken me quite a while to post another life update. Since an estimated 50% of the readership of this blog is my mom (Hi, Mom!), and I just got back from a visit to Utah, it hardly seems necessary…but I have a lot of pictures to share before they get filed […]Read more "Fun with family"
WordPress informs me that this is my five-year blogging anniversary! Five whole years since I decided to make a weirdly-named website that I definitely wouldn’t share with any of my friends…I’m pretty sure the first time anybody read it (anybody that was actually looking for my blog, that is) was because I mentioned to my […]Read more "Five years of random thoughts"