The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy. Jodi and I were traveling last week, finally meeting up in Seattle for a conference; I gave my second exam in my introductory physics class; there were computer woes that greatly slowed down some ATLAS work; we had some car trouble on the way home yesterday; Jodi was a guest on the “Science Friday” national radio program.
It’s that time again – time to think back long and hard on the week that was. The past 7 days were filled with something called “Spring Break,” though I haven’t worked this hard since the fall semester. While this was far from a vacation, it was productive. That wayward power supply showed up and let us finally get an important experiment running. The SMU ATLAS group concluded its miniature workshop on our ongoing or planned ATLAS Trigger and Data Acquisition work. Jodi traveled a lot, and will continue to travel more. And more!
This was a mixed week, filled with ruined plans and bad weather. Considering this week was the run up to Spring Break, it was a downer. There was sleet and snow; a power supply that never showed up; a backup power supply that FedEx couldn’t deliver as promised; more adventures in the flipped classroom; tough decisions that have to be made about research.
And most of all, I have to keep telling myself: “Vacations are for undergraduates.” Sage advice from my graduate school mentor, Loyal Durand, who reported it as sage advice from Robert Jastrow in 1953.
The past week was a busy one: judging at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF), the Dallas “Icepocalypse” that shut down SMU for 1.5 days and led to a ridiculous amount of work getting done, meetings with my students about their “Grand Challenge Physics Problem,” SMU Research Day, ATLAS research, and hardware research and development for low-background experiments.