1. an unfilled space or interval; a gap.
Well, it is a lacuna in some ways in terms of my presence on this blog, but the space left in my absence was not entirely unfilled. I wrote in some other, private, forums, and published a few scientific papers, but have not been very active in communicating science in this setting ... and I miss writing in this way a lot. It is (obviously) very different from writing for a scientific journal, and feels great to my brain to practice writing and communicating science in this way. I also think it is really important to connect and communicate with a broader audience than just my peer group that conducts experiments on related topics.
A quick list of the biggest personal and professional events in the last 4 years:
- birth of my son
- completion of my Ph.D.
- a move from CA to OR for my current postdoc position (which was no small task with a 4.5 month old babe)
- a move from the OR coast (Newport) to the Willamette valley (Corvallis) so my husband could start graduate school in Water Resource Engineering (hydrology) at OSU [look out for a future post from him about rocks and streams]
I am preparing for a seminar I am giving at the UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography on Wednesday (1/22)
I am (re)designing this blog to serve a slightly different function than just my ramblings and experiences in the lab and field. I hope to have folks in my labgroup contribute guests posts about their projects and experiences as scientists. I have met so many wonderful people over the last 15 years of research and teaching, and I hope to reach out to my community and get some perspectives other than my own on what it means to "do Science" in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes.