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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: