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A Graduate Student Reflection on the COP 21 in Paris

The 21st Conference of Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1992 (UNFCCC) was recently held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. The COP was attended by over 40,000 delegates which included representatives from more than 190 countries who got together to come to a decision on responding to Climate Change. The opening session saw over 150 heads of states congregate at Le Bourget, the venue of the conference. Never before had so many leaders been present at a venue, nor had they been entrusted with a responsibility this monumental: the fate of mankind.

My Grad-Student New Year Wish/Resolution List

  1. Keep my notes organized, and not use cookie-smeared napkins as convenient parchment to write down important bits of information during seminars.
  2. Do a better job of explaining to my family what it is I do, and how exactly I spend my time. Start convincing my 4-year old niece that her destiny is to become a biologist.
  3. Read more about the history of my field, how we got to our current state of understanding, and what part we are playing in it.
  4. Consume less caffeine. Or maybe not.
  5. Write more, which, as I found last year, is the shortest way to realising where you stand with respect to your project, and what you need to do next.

Explore Michigan: Say yah to da U.P. eh!

Fall has arrived in Michigan! It came in quickly this year, like a November gale blowing off the coast of one of the Great Lakes. Since fall is one of the shortest seasons in Michigan, the time to go out and enjoy the season is now! Very soon the leaves will be gone and the snow will be falling. Fall in Michigan means the cider mills are churning out fresh cider and warm donuts, apples can be found on the cheap in every supermarket, candy is discounted in preparation for Halloween, and everything has some pumpkin spice added to it. In other words, it’s a great time of year :D. If this is your first year in Michigan, here’s a brief timeline of fall weather:

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