5 years of Sharing Science Documentaries

As a child I *loved* watching The Land Before Time. Over and over again. Every time I was heartbroken as Littlefoot is left alone without his mother. Every time Sharptooth was just as scary. Without a doubt this movie must have helped in some small way to shape who I am today. I still love finding tree-stars in the wilderness. That movie will be a part of me forever. But people remember some weird stuff from their childhoods. As an older millennials who grew up on VHS tapes, we remember the previews and commercials that came before the feature film. And as much as I hold this movie close to my heart, it’s not actually what I remember most about this tape. One of the previews for this movie was a Pizza Hut commercial with a mom dropping off her young son for a birthday party. She’s giving him all sorts of advice for how to behave and she reminds him, “Don’t forget to share. Share, share”. These words somehow got lasered into my brain. Anytime I hear the word share it’s like that clip plays in my brain.

As far as weird snippets of pop culture from my youth forever etched into my brain (alongside the Doug Funny theme song, and the (first two) Ninja Turtles movies) it’s not too bad. Sharing is pretty important. Sharing pretty much underpins everything we do here at Sweet Tea, Science. And sharing is why four years ago I created the best holiday a #SciComm nerd could ask for. That’s right the 5th Anniversary of Share a Science Documentary Day is upon us!  What started as a simple social soiree to sneak science upon some unsuspecting schoolmates and kindred spirits is still…just that. Really why mess with perfection? Continue reading “5 years of Sharing Science Documentaries”


Day in the PhD Life: Statistician

I hope everyone checked out Rachel’s last post. It really refueled my own motivation tank, and, when combined with the cool Snapchap time filter photos I love on Insta, I came up with this lovely Day in the Life post. Three years into my Statistics PhD and I’m finally starting to get a feel for what a ‘typical’ day means for me. My life is currently a balancing act between research, class, teaching, and Real Life™. Sound familiar? Not everyday is the same; not every week is the same. I love how my schedule is very flexible in regard to what and where I get to work. Last Friday I photo-documented my day, so I could bring everyone along with me. Check it out

img_5976Wake Up Time:
I tell myself every night that I’m going to wake up at 7 am so I can be super productive in the morning. Ideally, 7-9 am would consist of working out, nomming breakfast, then getting supes cute for the day. I did not wake up at 7 am today. Today was a second alarm, one snooze kinda morning. This is pretty typical, and if I’m honest, it’s a little earlier than normal.

Morning Yoga: My partner Benjamin and I are currently emerging from our winter hibernation into some spring activity. I always feel better when I get some exercise in a few days a week, but it’s really difficult to remember that when I’m warm under the covers. STS favorite and fellow blogger, Beth of Finding Delight,  had recommended Adrienne’s 30 Days of Yoga series on Youtube. It’s great for beginners (or out of practicers, like me) and the videos range from 15 to 30 minutes. Adrienne is my girl. I love her goofiness, her wild Tiger leggings,  and how
she totally gets how I feel about ab work.

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New (School) Year Resolutions

Where. Has. Summer. Gone? Courses start back up for me in just a few days and I’m not prepared. I’m excited that everyone is back in town and to meet the incoming first years, but seriously. Classes? Already?!

::deep breath:: … ::another deep breath::

Let’s do this.

I still get so excited about the start of the school year, even now going into the 22nd grade. I know, what a nerd, right? Thank you. But it’s a time for fresh starts, and I think we can all agree how nice that can be while in graduate school. Lots of people seem to be into making new year’s resolutions on January 1st, but that’s weird because everyone knows the year begins in August/September right? January 1 is for birthday brunches and paying attention to me! Now is for New (School) Year Resolutions. [Editor’s Note: Mer is so lucky because our college friends are always together on her birthday. So spoiled.]


Very unhappy to be leaving Chicago and all the fun adventures there.

find that there’s generally a lull in August. This year that brief period of calm happened for me between the end of presenting at the Joint Statistical Conference on the 3rd and when class start on Monday. My research motivation is at a low, since I no longer have a big looming deadline, but my personal, overall motivational levels after a brief reprieve in Chicago are surging. I plan on using my time this weekend to relax but also to position myself to start off the semester well and get some major momentum going. That way, when I’m stalling mid-semester I can coast a bit.

Without further adieu, here are mine and Rachel’s resolutions for the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. Continue reading “New (School) Year Resolutions”