Thanks for the memories

Six years. 72 months. 2,190 days. 52,560 hours. 3,153,600 minutes. I began graduate school as an early 20-something in September 2011. I wanted to be a scientist, I wanted a Ph.D. I knew it would not...

Little joys

"One can have, it turns out, an affection for the war years." - Steve Martin Listicles are often berated as lazy, short, psuedo-pop articles not worth the time it takes to spell check listicle....

Null Data, or What It Isn’t

Fourth year. It means different things to different people. Sometimes it means the end is in sight, you have a paper out and next year you will graduate. Sometimes it means that the end was in sight,...

Buckets of water and ice

Summer is the funnest, easiest time of year. First, there's the delightful sun and heat that we miss during the rather wet Oregon fall, winter and early spring that enables us to wear any shoe we...

You know you’re a grad student when….PART DEUX!

I was going through some old posts - my little, growing collection of posts - and realized that some of them are just, well, kind of depressing.  That's not to say grad school itself is...

Research by the day

In this place, every week is Research Week. May is always an exciting month for graduate students because it is in May that OHSU Research Week annually falls. The modern manifestation of what...

Reflections of Graduate Experiences

When I sat down at my computer to write this, my first blog post since last March, I was not exactly sure what to write. Over the past ten months I have attended the Drosophila Neurobiology Cold...

You know you’re a grad student when…

1. A three day weekend = catch-up lab time. 2. You reason against showering because no one outside of lab will see you that day. 3. You get up at 5:30 AM to get out of lab by 8:00...

The inevitability of discovery

This past weekend I took two hours off from writing and lab work, drove myself to the movie theater, and saw the breathtaking wonder that is Jurassic Park in 3D. JP holds a special place in my...

H-Bonds

No term is easy. No experiment is a walk through the park, no class is not challenging (whether it's like the teacher is spewing out facts in Greek or you are bored out of your mind). "Anything...