Thursday, May 29, 2014

Busy Busy Busy

Yes I am more busy in the summers than in my spring (first) semester ;)

Anyway, I am working on two related grants for two different federal agencies. One of the grant is a colloboration between two different insitutes so weekly meeting and drafts are flying to-and-fro.

I am working on getting my lab set up and going. This requires a lot of furniture (it is a big ass space) and netwoking and wiring and everything in between. This takes a lot time. Good thing is I have help of two other senior faculty who are very supportive.

I am also working on getting students admitted, funded and advised. So far I am able to get one student admitted into our PhD program (and hopefully will find funding for him), another student who wants to work with me (and is already admitted and funded) but has not done anything. There are two other students who have shown interest in working with me. We will see how that goes but it takes a lot of effort to recruit students.

On the personal front I had to fight with my landlord (and threatened to sue her) to get my deposit money back. She caved and will be receiving the sweet check soon. It was nerve wrecking and I had to supply additional duty cycles of my brain to think about this shit.

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