Daily Archives: February 2, 2013

A chilly, quick trot

It was still damn chilly out today but not windy (thank god)! I hadn’t been out since my long(er) run on Monday so even the whopping 2 F weren’t going to stop me. I still have a rather nasty cough — more than likely cold-weather-running-induced — but it was totally manageable throughout the run. I do need to get a balaclava though, there is no reason to subject my poor lungs to this really damn cold, dry air. And I’ll totally take every legitimate excuse I have to make a trip to the Running Room.

Does anyone have a favorite (or despised) balaclava?

2/2/13 work out

4.4 miles

38 min

Chilly, damn chilly. 2 F,  but with no real wind (score :-).

Threads: Insulated and “compression” Champion tights and long-sleeved shirt from last year, awesome Arc’teryx Solano jacket, and bright pink Pro Compression marathon socks, mittens and my pride-and-joy Vasaloppet ski hat

Treads: geriatric Mizuno Wave Creation 11

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Saturday mornings are fantastic, dead Beetles are not.

So yesterday morning I woke up to this:

The ice is on the INSIDE of the window

P.S. The ice is on the INSIDE of the window

And this lovely Saturday morning I woke up to this:

SAMSUNGWhat more could a girl want?

Sadly there is one unfortunate commonality between yesterday and today. A sick Beetle. 😦 Before I get down to it and rip her a new one, to be fair, it was -13 F yesterday without the windchill and it’s “warmed up” to a smoking 2 F today. However, I am a bit concerned by her delinquent behavior. When I went to start her yesterday, she turned over (albeit slowly…as -13 F will slow you down), started up, coughed up an iron lung and then died. We tried a few more times, but to no avail. This morning we tried again and achieved more or less the same result. (If only I could get this kind of reproducibility in lab!!)

The reason for my concern stems from the fact that I haven’t had this kind of “battery” trouble before. When I have had battery issues, the car as been dead. Dead dead. No power locks. No dash lights. No radio. (Of course I turned it off as I was trying to start the car.) And definitely no start-cough-cough-die series. Does this mean that it isn’t the battery? i.e. Does this mean that’s it’s going to be more expensive than a jump? Ugh! I sure hope not! 😮

This afternoon Fred graciously came over to help investigate with his AAA peeps, but we ran out of time (after an hour and a half of waiting for the peeps to arrive! really AAA?) and so it is still a mystery. I think our plan of action for now is  just to sit tight and wait for things to warm up. Double digits… perhaps even the 20’s F (there is a rumor floating around that this is a possibility this week)…will hopefully solve the problem. If not, then I guess I’ll deal with that when it happens. For now though I have to keep reminding myself that there’s no sense in draining the battery because I’m impatient. Unfortunately, this also means that I need to find myself a ride to the Super Bowl party tomorrow. 😦

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Submission predicament!

I’m finally starting to write the last big (relative definition please) paper of my PhD!! 🙂 I’ve run into a bit of a predicament though. 😦 So, for all of the other papers that I’ve been a part of over the last ~10 years there has been a clear first, second and third (yes, that’s right, third…this is what happens when you are crazy) choice for where to submit. My boss/adviser were part of the same research community that typically populate the kind of journals that my work was appropriate for. This was great; we could submit to the journals that 1) we were most familiar with, b) our friends were most familiar with and c) our type of work was most typically found. Three birds, one stone. Perfect.

Unfortunately, it is not quite that simple this time around. My adviser is a theorist whose work has spanned from inorganic polymer physics to biopolymers over the last 15 years, and is now moving down the even darker and scarier road of experimental synthetic and applied biology. Enter my project. We are very much at the interface of (micro)biology, food science and engineering — three fields that, at first glance, seem like quite the stretch to connect in one fell swoop. Hence the current question: where do we submit?

Do we submit to the journal that’s most appropriate for our subject matter?  If we go here, no one will know us. People who have these publications included in their monthly journal email updates will not recognize our names or our department as they scroll through their announcement for the most recent issue. This unfortunately means that our chances of being read, much less cited, decrease dramatically. (The sad truth is that if people don’t know you, odds are  stacked against them reading your work.) And at the same time, if we are to take this route, our friends will continue indulging in the periodicals that we all browse/read regularly, and they will miss our publication as well. Booohooohooo 😦

So then, do we submit to the journal that all of our friends are familiar with and regularly publishing in? If all of our friends jumped off of a cliff would we go jump too? (Obviously the answer to this question depends. Are the beautiful blue waters of Serifos below us? Are we wearing a parachute/hang-glider? Is there a rabid tiger chasing us?) Now if we do this (submit the paper among friends, not go cliff jumping…although really, how cool would that be?!?! Sans the tiger…)  our friends will recognize our name and our department as they scroll though their email updates. They will probably click on our article with the expectation that they are opening a computational paper that integrates multiscale molecular dynamic simulations with stochastic modeling approaches. However, they will be greeted by a solution (based on experimental research) for curbing the emergence of antibiotic resistance. WTF?!?! Now they will probably still read the paper (we have nice friends AND curtailing this world health issue is pretty damn cool whether you’re in the field or not…in my humble opinion) but will they cite it? Why would they? It is SO outside of their field! And of course, the people who would be interested in this project are above in paragraph 3, unaware of anything that we have done.

So what do we do? Do we stick with our friends that we already know and love? Do we stick our necks and our work out there into the unknown? Regardless, this is a pretty clear wake up call that we do need to start making new friends (….but keep the old…one is silver and the other’s gold… Sorry.) as we move into different fields. Fine.

But, what do we do now?

Help please!

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