This week I’m at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. The AGU Fall meeting happens every year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, probably because it’s one of the only conference centers in the country with the capacity to house a conference so big. More than 25,000 people attend every year, primarily geoscientists, but also journalists, educators, and folks in related field of private industry.
Below is a small subset of the AGU population in part of the poster hall. The conference consists of a few football fields of posters, fresh daily, plus roughly 100 rooms where 10 to 60 minute talks are occurring basically nonstop between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday. Posters and talks are an attraction at AGU, but networking with colleagues and collaborators is another great reason to go and often fills the in-between meals and breaks. It’s a busy week for sure.
I’ve been taking baby steps toward my PhD for a long time now, but I think I can officially say that I’m heading down the rabbit hole now. A few weeks ago I put together a committee for my qualifying exam and submitted the necessary paperwork. Since then, I’ve begun the process of drafting my PhD proposal, which I will present to my committee during my Qualifying Exam in the spring. This comic has been leaping to mind as I go along.
Brian and I went on one last adventure over Thanksgiving weekend that I thought I’d share. His house is walking distance to the now-defunct Alameda Naval Air Station. Since it closed, many of the buildings and spaces that were on base have been repurposed, but there are still some interesting things to see. One of them is the USS Hornet Museum.
Tags: Alameda, fun, history, memorial, military, museum, San Francisco, ship, sight-seeing, travel, veterans
Today is my brother’s birthday! He gets married and gets to have a birthday all in the same year. Who would have thought?
I won’t be able to see him until I’m back home for Christmas in a few more weeks, so instead I’ve resurrected one of my favorites photos of the two of us from way back when we were both ”munchkins.”
Hope your birthday is amazing, brosef!
As you know, I went to visit Brian in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving. I arrived late Tuesday night and on Wednesday we both had to do some work. So he went to work until about 12:30pm and I stayed home to work remotely for the morning. I was already excited about our upcoming Thanksgiving feast the next day, but he came home with another surprise for the weekend: tickets to a Michael Bublé concert Saturday night.