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Aphreal42 (Member) 11/19/2007 8:48 AM EST : Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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Hey all,
I know I've been really in and out lately, and I hate to be doing that in the middle of a storyline I initiated. A bunch of stuff out of game has kind of run away with me right now, and I just don't have a lot of time to devote to DDO for a while. I'll try and be around as much as I can, but much as I love you guys, gaming is kind of low priority right now.

While I'm sad about not being able to spend as much time on guild stuff, the reasons I can't are actually really great. For those of you who don't know, I'm a mad scientist. *grins at Liyra* Okay, actually I'm a grad student working on a PhD in molecular genetics. I'm planning to defend my thesis and graduate in the spring. As a result, it's time to start thinking about what I do once I'm not a student anymore. My ultimate goal is a professorship at a liberal arts college. I wasn't sure that was attainable immediately after graduating, but I decided to put out a few applications anyway to see what happened.

As of right now, I've sent applications to two colleges and am preparing a couple more. I thought the idea was a long shot, but I've gotten calls from both schools to set up interviews. I've done a phone interview with the first place, and it went well enough that they've invited me for an on-campus interview in a few weeks. The second school just called today to set up a phone interivew the week after Thanksgiving.

In short, this is working out better than I would have ever predicted, which is incredibly exciting but also taking up a lot of my free time.

So anyway, that's where I've been lately and why I can't guarantee that I'll be around much more in the near future. Best case scenario, I get a job offer in January and can go back to normal for a few months. If not... well, I'll do the best I can to be around when I can.

Hopefully see you around,
Aph

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Jaggie (SuperAdmin) 11/19/2007 11:18 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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Go go mad scientist! Can you make me a mutant zombie daisy?

great job, Jinna. Please let us (or at least me, ^_~ ) know how the interviews go.

Best of luck
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Praut Ektor (Officer) 11/20/2007 3:52 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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 congratulations

NOTE TO SELF, BORROW MONEY FROM JINNA!


Oh crap...  I said the quiet part loud and the loud part quiet again, didn't I?

Lol, anyways, it's a good reason for leaving us, this time, but we expect you back for dinner, ok?

Good luck with the interviews, though it sounds like it's doing fine so far.
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Witchfinder (Member) 11/20/2007 4:04 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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congrats, i can cross meet a mad scientist of the list now too!  Molecular genetics sounds very intersting, can i ask what you do ? Does it involve looking for answers to alzhiemers etc
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Lanaliathe (Officer) 11/20/2007 4:19 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late
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Sounds to me like it should involve recombinant DNA and creating superheroes, or making a clone army at the very least, but what do I know... 

Anyway...go Jinna!  Sounds great, good luck with getting wherever it is you want to go in life.  *hugs*

And...forgive my ignorance, but what is a liberal arts college?  It doesn't sound like it would have anything much to do with science. 



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Aphreal42 (Member) 11/20/2007 5:12 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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Wow, I didn't know people would be that interested I'll try and answer a few questions, as well as I can.

Witchfinder, molecular genetics is a really fascinating field. Of course, I'm probably a bit biased *grin* It's also a really broad field, involving DNA and/or protein work on any organism. I have classmates who are researching human diseases like Alzheimer's, aging, cancer, etc. And they're doing some truly amazing work.

I, on the other hand, study plant disease. Not surprisingly, plants get infected by a wide range of bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens, just like people and animals. What most people don't realize is how big a deal this is for agriculture. Depending on the growing season, a really large percentage of potential crop yields can be lost because the plants got infected with something and either died or devoted their energy to fighting off the infection rather than setting seed (grain). For example, this type of infection was one of the major causes of the Irish potato famines. In more recent history, disease continues to be a major problem for wheat crops. So, the short version of what I do is that I study the plant's immune system to see if we can find or make plants that are less prone to infection and thus able to produce more food. I'm happy to go into more detail if anyone's interested, but that's the quick, non-technical version.

Lanaliathe, also a good question. A liberal arts college is a college/university that primarily specializes in bacherlor's degrees. In other words, they don't have a very big graduate school program, if they have one at all. They usually require a broad range of "general education" courses that you're required to take, regardless of your major, in order to produce well-rounded members of society rather than specailists who are unfamiliar with anything outside of their field. In short, if it's not a technical school, a two-year community college, or a giant university with a bunch of graduate students, it's probably a liberal arts college. Hope that helps clear things up.

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Praut Ektor (Officer) 11/20/2007 6:07 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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Now I'm glad someone asked...

Liberal Arts always makes me think Hippies.

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Aphreal42 (Member) 12/6/2007 8:02 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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Hi all,
I'm back, at least for a bit. I'm in a lull of interviews right now. I've done the whole interview cycle at the first place, and they'll be picking someone to hire around Christmastime. The other school has done phone interviews, and if they invite me to campus it'll be after the semester break. I have at least three other places I'm sending applications to, but I don't expect to hear much from them until January.

So I get a break from interview crazies to try and keep up with holiday crazies!

Hope to catch you all around,
Aph

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AvoidingReality (Member) 12/6/2007 8:33 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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Very cool Jina! ^^ Good luck and all that jazz.

Hmm, I wonder if it's a disease that is causing all my plants do die. Either that or the fact that everything's being choked by three foot tall dandy lions. -_-'

Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that I never water, weed, or really pay any attention to my little garden most of the time...');" src="Faces/face_grin.gif" style="border-width: 0px; cursor: pointer;"> *has an anti-green thumb*
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Witchfinder (Member) 12/10/2007 7:47 AM EST : RE: Apologies for sporadic vanishing of late

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Cool i hope you get a placement in the one you want the most

And tell your class mates to hurry up! as i've recently lost my mother due to aggressive alzheimers
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