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Lots of catching up to do. Had a very busy, momentous, and successful trip back East. Saw my old Bridesmaid, Deborah, who I haven't seen in years, saw my dad, saw my brother, saw my old college roommate and his family, was very busy at the History of Science Society meeting with my Graduate and Early Career Caucus responsibilities (and a lot of successful networking with senior scholars - several of whom complimented my mentorship work), saw some Boston friends, and saw my brother's step-sisters' families (we have a confusing family!).

Deborah picked me up at the airport in Burlington and we had a slumber party that night before she drove me down to my dad's the next day:
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Me and Dad:
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I love New England stone walls:
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As the resident Gemini I organize a UW reunion at HSS every year:
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After which I headed off to the Graduate and Early Career Caucus opening night mixer at the Harpoon brewery. Here are the GECC officers giving ourselves a pat on the back:
New England 2013

Most humorously was having someone give me their number for the first time in my life. I was reserving a large table at the brewery for our group when someone at an adjacent table started chatting with me. I literally turned around for 1 minute to order my drink and when I turned around he pointed to my phone on the table and said "I put my number in there for you." Flattering - and he was pretty cute - but obvs. I'm taken :)
brdgt: (Cardio)
This past weekend was a busy one. The CHE Graduate Student Symposium that I co-coordinated was all day Saturday.

Program

We had a great turnout (over 40 people over the course of the day). This photo was of the brave souls that made it all the way to the end of the day.

2013 CHE Grad Student Symposium

I was very pleased with the variety we had (there was even a poster session) and quite a few History of Science faculty attended in the morning.


In other news I have decided to run the Monona 20K this year. It's just a hair under a half-marathon, so I'm going to try the intermediate half-marathon training schedule that Hal Higdon offers. Basically, instead of optional run Wednesdays, they are pace days (try to run that distance at the pace you want to run the race). I ran the Madison Half-Marathon at the 11:30/mile pace, so I want to at least up that to an 11:00/mile pace, but if that starts to go well in training I will shoot for 10:30 or 10:00/mile.

Training Day 1


I am also doing a challenge at my climbing gym this month: Climb a Mile. It's a lot harder challenge than it sounds. It equals out to doing 220 routes in 28 days. My partner and I have increased how many days a week we go to 3 times and increased the amount of routes we do each time from 7 to over 20. On the one hand it has really increased our stamina and technique, but disincentivizes trying new routes because you have to finish a route for it to count. In order to get a lot of routes done in one trip we usually do a warm up route 4 times, level up a route 3 times, level up to our peak route and do two of those 2 times each, then level back down the way we came up and add on at the end if we still have energy. Since we are doing routes more than once we try to change our technique each time, which has been interesting.

And, best of all, we are on pace to actually accomplish it! There is a party and raffle at the end, but really, it's about changing up our routine and trying something new for us.


And finally! I finally broke down and got a tablet. Every time I thought about getting it I said, "oh, my netbook isn't that bad," and then last week it didn't even have enough available memory to run java. Since I waited this long I was able to get the Google Nexus 7 with 4G, so I can use it even when there isn't WiFi. So far I really, really like it. The difference in memory and power is exponential. I held off getting a blue tooth keyboard until I used it a little, but I do need to get that for taking notes with it. If I had the Nexus 10, the larger screen would make the on-screen keyboard workable, but I would prefer smaller size for most of it's uses and have an optional keyboard for the times I need that.

New Orleans

Jan. 8th, 2013 02:11 pm
brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
I had a wonderful time in New Orleans for the American Historical Association annual conference. In addition to some good panels on the history of medicine and networking I saw a lot of this:

Morning in New Orleans

And ate a lot of this:

Beignets

Took a lot of photos of these:

Layfette

I also paid a visit to Anne Rice:

Rice

I also got to meet [livejournal.com profile] dlightful!

AAHM 2013

Dec. 13th, 2012 08:47 am
brdgt: (Grad Student by iconomicon)
My abstract submission to the American Association for the History of Medicine conference in Atlanta in May 2013 was accepted! It will be based off of my first chapter:

“Young Children Here March Happily Back to School”: Germ Theory, Scarlet Fever, and Domestic Medicine in Depression-Era America

By the first half of the twentieth century in America scarlet fever was a common, but rarely deadly disease. Mothers still routinely dealt with it and epidemics could disrupt households and communities. Despite the fact that germ theory offered an explanation for how the disease spread and the expansion of hospitals suggested a growth in professional medicine, little had changed for mothers of children with the disease. What had changed was the growing power of public health departments to enact quarantines, close schools, and send public health nurses into homes, placing a greater burden on mothers to carry out quarantines, deal with well children forced to stay at home for weeks, and put into practice stringent hygienic measures to prevent the spread of the disease to other households. Despite new disease theories and new hygienic technologies, the responsibility of putting these ideas into practice still fell to mothers, who sought out, understood, and wove together workable solutions to the immediate problem of a sick child. If anything, new ideas about disease transmission put more of a burden on mothers, not less.

HSS 2012

Dec. 1st, 2012 06:40 pm
brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
Thanks for all the tips about San Diego, I had a wonderful time. Much better than last year's HSS, for many reasons. The hotel was quite nice and so was my room. This was the view from it!

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I went out to Coranado Island the first night.
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And watched the sunset.
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And took the ferry back for the opening reception.
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I organized a recent alumni and current grad student dinner on Friday night. I hadn't seen Camilo in forever and it was especially nice to catch up with Matt, who just got married.
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And went to the zoo on Saturday with Stacey (her husband was presenting at the conference). They have a baby hippo (the zoo, not Stacey and Adam)!
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And sleepy koalas.
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Stacey and I were a little silly :)
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I also took a trolley tour on Friday morning and had lunch in Old Town and got a run in with an old medical history friend on Saturday morning. I definitely have a list of things to go back to see, but the visit just reaffirmed my love of southern California.
brdgt: (Grad Student by iconomicon)
Hey LJ, I've been reading, just busy trying to get over writer's block - think things have turned a corner though.

In the meantime, I'll be in San Diego Thursday-Saturday for the History of Science Society annual conference. I don't think I know anyone there (and I've been to LA enough to limit that area significantly - yah traffic!), but weather/clothing wise any suggestions? I'll be inside the hotel most days, but want to go to the beach for a run and go to the zoo with a friend.

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