Two parts of my life seemed unrelated, only to coalesce into a fun new idea. 1. I am SO proud of my best friend - she is starting her own business where she builds relationships with artisans across the world and brings beauty to our homes! http://www.yubamercantile.com She off-hand told me that she can design … Continue reading Beauty and complexity
I took a great course last semester with Dr. Hurteau called "Science and Policy." As all great classes do, it made me think deeply about my place in the world. I learned that I would much rather be an "honest broker" than an "issue advocate". In practice, that means providing ALL options that have been … Continue reading Science and Policy
I’ve been battling “impostor syndrome” feelings lately, and instead of wallowing, I’m going to try to remember all of the things that I have built into my life to support a healthy mental state. Maybe these ideas will be helpful for other grad students and recent post-docs. The general theme is “priorities.” And I welcome … Continue reading Unsolicited self care advice
As I'm learning how to manage grad students, undergrad students, techs, and other PIs as we collaborate across three different institutions in three states, I'm trying to invest in balancing fun times with our team with hard work time. We have taken a few undergrads from UTEP to Albuquerque Trader Joes for the first time … Continue reading Investing in good people
My fellow graduate student Anny and I worked up a teaching unit to reach out to the younger scientists among us. We piloted it at my friend Jessica Balboa's classroom last month and then added some final touches. Let me emphasize that we had so.much.fun! with the 20 students that attended. They also SCHOOLED me … Continue reading Teaching unit: “Microbes are important to drylands” for 4-5th graders.
I started performing (violin) at a very young age and so have never had as hard a time public speaking as other people; don't get me wrong, standing in front of a room full of people imagining them disparaging my science makes me just as nervous as the next person, but I have training that … Continue reading Public speaking project
The hyphen in my last name was a clerical error on my birth certificate (they also misspelled my mom's name!), but I have ended up loving it because it connects me to both sides of my family. I have grown up with some incredible role models. In a time when some people talk openly about … Continue reading Celebrating women in science (and sports)
After finishing my dissertation, I'm finally catching my breath and doing some of the fun, community building things that I love about science. A. For my colleagues, I developed a shared database of biocrust references. Yes, there are enough people in the world specifically interested in this that we want a centralized place to find … Continue reading Outreach for everyone!
Setting up a web site has been on my to do list for about 5 years - now I am triumphantly crossing it off!
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