enismirdal: (main draggy)
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Today I was scheduled to lecture both in the morning and the afternoon.

Oh, did I mention that at our university, a "lecture" is normally a 3 hour session?

Finished both of them early, but am still wiped out. *keels over*

Date: 8 Dec 2016 00:49 (UTC)
dawn_felagund: (alex say what)
From: [personal profile] dawn_felagund
Wow, it's been a VERY long time since our paths crossed! :D I hope you are well, six hours of lecturing (OMG) notwithstanding!

Date: 8 Dec 2016 22:51 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enismirdal.livejournal.com
Hello! Still reading, just not really commenting much. Been following at least some of your adventures with moving, dogs, jobs, etc.!

All's well, and the lectures did go fine. Only one more session this term, then perhaps half a dozen in total next term (plus two residential field trips) so generally OK.

I was slightly miffed when talking to my dearest father on the phone at the weekend and explained I had 2 lecture sessions in one day this week, and he replied, "Oh, you mean helping with the lectures? You don't actually give them, do you?"
"Um...yes, I've been lecturing for about 2-3 years, though not a lot for the first couple of years."
The surprise in his voice when he realised this... He was proud, but I hadn't appreciated he hadn't really processed what my job actually involves!!

Date: 8 Dec 2016 23:15 (UTC)
dawn_felagund: (wtf)
From: [personal profile] dawn_felagund
Oh no! It's small consolation but I was super proud to see you're doing lectures, like, "I remember grad school!Eni doing experiments with bumblebees and now she's a full lecturer." ^_^ Are you still working with bees? (Depending on how long you've kept up with reading LJ, you might or might not know that I've since become a beekeeper, although my move came too late to get a colony in Vermont.)

Date: 8 Dec 2016 23:36 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enismirdal.livejournal.com
On and off! We've just won a medium-sized grant to do more bee stuff not entirely dissimilar to my PhD work but much more agriculturally-related. A lot of what I do now is overseas development related so while it's still pollinators, there's much more fieldwork and students in the partner countries doing the "hard work" while I am doing more of the planning, managing, training and data analysis. But I still like to get in the lab as much as feasible.

Beekeeping is fun! We still have colonies on campus and I help maintain them when I have time. (And sell honey on behalf of the beekeeper.)

Date: 9 Dec 2016 20:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilanin.livejournal.com
Um. Do people actually *learn* anything in the second and third hours? Have your teaching committees realised that attention spans are a thing yet?


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