Wow, so here we are. As you might imagine this little venture was in the works for a little while and special thanks really needs to be extended to Mark Chu-Carroll and Scicurious for making this all happen. Mark, in particular, has been the architect of this site and has done an amazing job getting 25ish bloggers organized and all moving in the same direction without any of us breaking Scientopia from the inside.
With that all said, I can imagine that many people reading over the next little bit will never have stumbled across my previous blog and have no idea who I am. Taking the lead of Dr. Becca, I think an introduction is in order.
I started my tenure track position in 2008, and like many junior faculty, it's been a sink or swim period in my life. For the most part I've been treading water so far. I've even learned a few things along the way.
You should also know that I am a super hero. I know this because while I am home I have the ability to ward off evil that quickly descends the second I leave town. Of course, I sometimes find ways to undermine even my own super powers, but the travel can be fodder for plenty of stories as well.
I also have a defective brain to mouth filter, that can sometimes get the better of me.
When I actually discuss science here, much of it is in the context of getting NSF funding and finding the best ways to approach their proposals. I have, however, started applying to NIH recently and will see where that goes. I'm heading to do an NSF panel this fall, which should be an interesting experience.
Finally, I am excited about this new community that is forming here and hope to be able to engage readers in discussion as I continue doing the job I've always wanted to do. Since I started blogging I have been surprised at how useful it has been for me (I even wrote a five part post on the topic if you are bored 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and hopefully my readers have benefited as much as I have. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds.