Category: Excited Scientists

  • #NerdHigh: Another year, another AIARD!

    #NerdHigh: Another year, another AIARD!

    Every year, the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) holds an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. around this time of year. As a professional society, made up of individuals from all aspects of the international agriculture and development scene, AIARD’s meetings are always wonderful for gaining inspiration, and being reminded of the reasons […]

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  • Entomological Society of America (ESA) Science Policy Fellows do DC!

    Entomological Society of America (ESA) Science Policy Fellows do DC!

    Increasingly, funding for science research is fairly tight, and many professional societies and higher education institutions have begun programs to advocate on Capitol Hill for their fields. The Entomological Society of America (ESA) began a Science Policy Fellowship program in 2014, selecting 5 individuals (myself amongst them) to advocate on the Hill, learn about policy, […]

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  • Resources for the job search.

    Resources for the job search.

    Although I don’t necessarily suggest doing so because of the likelihood that career anxiety may follow, I make somewhat of a hobby of searching for jobs. Since my days as a Peer Advisor for the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis, I’ve enjoyed keeping abreast of the type of opportunities that […]

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  • The environmental effects of war and peace

    I’ve been spending some time in the last few weeks reading “The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov” by Peter Pringle, which I have wanted to read for some time due to my mad science crush on Vavilov. After learning about the centers of origin of different crops in an introductory international agriculture course at Davis, I […]

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  • Monarchs at our Great Insect Fair!

    Monarchs at our Great Insect Fair!

    For many years, Penn State’s Department of Entomology has collaborated with community partners to deliver a very large outreach event every year, the Great Insect Fair! It’s a wonderful time to share our work with families, friends, and the community. I spent the morning in the butterfly tent, with live monarchs. A few pictures below!

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  • Patterns and pastures.

    In the recent weeks, I passed my comprehensive exam, visited with a fantastic Carabidae specialist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (another #loveyourtaxonomist post is likely to follow about this trip), and camped at one of the most beautiful places in PA (“It feels like we are hiking into ‘The Hobbit!’” said a young hiker […]

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  • Renaissance women being scientists!

    When I was living in Mexico last year, I spent most of my time working (as I should have since I was there conducting research for my dissertation). However, I was able to take a few days off to go to one of the most glorious places, the state of Oaxaca. While I was there, I […]

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  • I really don’t like milk, but I love my job…

    I really hate milk. I hate it. So much. As is the case with some young parents, mine weren’t particularly versed in childhood nutrition. But, somewhere along the line, my mother decided that my sister and I needed to drink a glass of milk every night before we were allowed to go to bed. She must […]

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  • Excited Scientists?

    I’ve had several interactions with people in the last few weeks which have lead me to question what level of enthusiasm is “appropriate” for science. Quite commonly I am one of the loudest and most jovial people in the room because I do get incredibly excited about the work that I do. People apparently hear […]

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