Staying put

Well, turns out we won’t be moving after all, and I won’t be working at Duke this fall. The wife has been having such a good experience in the research lab she’s in and seems to be clicking well with her mentor, so she’s decided she wants to stick around. I suppose it’s just as well. She’s already established some connections with people here, and she thinks getting into med school here will be a little easier than in NC, even though there’s more of a choice there.

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Winning awards

Friday we were up at South Carolina State University for the annual SCAMP conference. It’s a conference for undergrads doing research under the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. The get the opportunity to gain some experience presenting the results of their summer research projects.
This year, my wife won the first place award for best oral presentation in the Biological Sciences category. She did a good job giving the talk for her project. She was a little disappointed that she didn’t also win a prize for the best poster competition too (she won both last year), but she’s still pleased.

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Found something new (to me) on the web. GeoURL is a place that lets you do location/URL lookups. Adding your blog or site is pretty easy. Just look up your location (latitude/longitude) on a site like the US Census Tiger Map Service, add a couple of meta tags to your index page and submit it to the GeoURL site. They’ll add it to their index in a litte bit, and give you a link showing other URLs in your geographic vicinity. Clicking on the map at GeoURL gives you a big long list of websites in the vicinity of where you clicked.
There’s another site, GeoTags that does something similar also.
Kinda neat I think. Then again, simple things amuse me.

DHEC survey

State inspectors are going to be cruising through the department the rest of the week on one of their bi-annual surveys. This means there are a lot of people scurrying about (myself included) making sure that everything is where it needs to be, and stuff that needs to be posted is posted. And then later on this year, I think there’s supposed to be a JCAHO survey going on. Luckily for me, I think I’ll be gone by the time that happens.


I hate moving. I’ve made 3 moves so far in my life, and i’m starting to get ready for my 4th. And each time, there’s more and more Stuff to move. That’s the nature of Stuff I suppose. It grows to expand your available space. Some Stuff is useful. Other Stuff just becomes Junk. And since I’m a bit of a packrat, some of my Stuff that should be Junk just ends up sticking around.

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