My friend once called me a Big 10 slut and it’s kind of the truth. I’ve spent significant amounts of time at three of the institutions and have visited nearly all of the rest (I’m coming for you Illinois and Minnesota!)
The reason for this is that they’re great institutions; beautiful campuses, intelligent people and, yes, great athletics. I spent my undergraduate years as an aerospace engineer in-training at the Ohio State University. After realizing I had the brains but not the desire to be a rocket scientist, I jumped careers and hit Indiana University as a journalism student.
A brief summer of writing about high energy physics at Stanford and a couple of years writing general science at the University of Idaho later, I find myself back in the Big 10 as the Communications Manager for the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. If you’ve never heard of NSCL – a low energy nuclear physics laboratory studying rare isotopes and the forces that keep a nucleus together – don’t worry. You’re not alone. Most people haven’t.
But I’m going to change that.
In the meantime, though, I rather miss writing about a wide range of scientific topics. First of all, I love writing. Secondly, I love learning. So this is my outlet for both.
And if I ever seem to go on an extended hiatus, it’s probably because I’m out enjoying nature through hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping, adding to the list of 250 brewpubs I’ve visited, or hitting the exercise facilities.
Okay, okay, so I might also be watching Dancing With the Stars. Sue me.