12 more months of Spandrel Shop

Dec 21 2011 Published by under [Et Al]

In further holiday wrap up news, I'm kicking in my contribution to the end-of-year summary meme. In a year that the lab landed NSF funding, we compared grad students to honey badgers, had a second daughter and then made sure there won't be a third, there has been a lot going on. Much like my previous years in this job, each new semester has brought new challenges and new understanding. Hopefully writing about much of it here has been useful to some. I know the discussion has been so for me.

The idea is to simply post the first sentence from the blog in each month. We've done this before, in 2010. Without further ado:

Jan - One song, two videos:

Feb - Way way back as a wee PLS in grad school, I can distinctly remember thinking that I would never be PI material because I couldn't imagine working as hard as my advisor.

March - "Fit". That term can be the bane of existence for those applying for faculty jobs (like the one Dr. Becca just got, go congratulate her!).

April - One of the things that has fascinated me about joining a collective has been getting all the personalities together in one place and trying to accomplish a single goal.

May - Osama Bin Laden is dead.

June - There can be a lot of gray areas in research, where decisions can be made that seem okay at the time, but in retrospect look pretty questionable.

July - Sometimes I am baffled by the search terms that get people here, other times I am just scared.

Aug - This second kid is going to be a challenge.

Sept - I will seriously post content shortly, but this week is all out as the specter of The New Year approacheth.

Oct - Tomorrow (or today, depending on when you read this), October 2nd, kicks off the ScienceBlogs DonorsChoose.org campaign, which will run until Oct 22.

Nov - Having spent far too long on the student reviews of a manuscript for my class recently, there was one thing that really struck me.

Dec - My daughter turns four years old in a few months. How time has flown.

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