I’m a Fatboy Slim fan, and when I decided to write today’s post, “Praise You” started playing in my head. Besides the fact that I need to update my music taste, it reminded me that I want to thank all my faithful followers out there for waiting around for me to post again.
It’s been ages (2 years to the day) since I’ve posted and I salute you both.
Many things have changed since I was blogging last… I’m now the proud SciMom to two little rugrats, and a tenure-track faculty member at Wazzu. [I feel somehow obligated to assert the obvious fact here that all opinions given in this blog are my own and have absolutely nothing to do with my university.]
That’s right folks, 2 virtual petri dishes that crawl and drool and snot all over the place, AND all the responsibilities of a brand-new, wet-behind-the-ears ass prof (assistant professor, for those of you confused about the abbreviation); I’m just a glutton for punishment.
This has given me a new-found sense of juxtaposition: freedom, weighed down by grant-writing; imagination, mired in the realities of funding priorities; and an awesome new job, potentially debunked at tenure-review time.
I, therefore, chose to attempt to squeeze into my painstakingly time-managed work-day schedule some time for fun-writing (aka, blogging). The shape and form and overall thrust of this blog will largely remain the same – Microbes do, in fact, still rule the world, and I will continue to extoll their virtues. However, I hope to also cover science and science events more broadly and may even share the odd job posting. (a clear transition into…)
With my very first blog as a new tenure-track faculty, I will shamelessly let you all know that I need to hire a lab technician. I need someone with experience in soil microbiology and molecular biology, cultivation-dependent and independent techniques. The pay is not particularly great to start and I can’t cover relocation costs, but the boss is usually pretty cool and she’s super enthusiastic about what she does. And you should know that Eastern Washington/northern Idaho is not the big city, but rather the outdoor-enthusiast’s playland. So, for the full job description and details, contact her directly.