I’m off to be a meteorite hunter in Antarctica!!

Since 1976, every year the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET), funded by NASA (previously NSF), has been supplying meteorites to the scientific community. This year, I was lucky enough to be invited to join the expedition !! I have been applying to go for the last 6 years and it’s finally happening. This opportunity comes at the perfect time in my career – I begin a new postdoc at the University of Chicago in March and am wrapping up my current position out here in Hawaii. Anywho…I will be looking for meteorites in the Miller Range of the Transantarctic Mountains from mid-December to mid-January. I leave in 2 days!!

Here’s a link to the expedition blog where you can follow our activities. It’s also a good place to get more information about the program and how to apply for it, if you are interested.



A blog, maybe?

Who doesn’t want to know the exciting, day-to-day happenings in a scientist’s work life, right?

But seriously, my short-lived euphoria after a recent publication got me thinking – how often do I experience such highs at work and how much time do I spend doing mundane work? I’m not delusional about the answers to these questions but maybe, documenting my tasks everyday (?) in a more attractive format than a lab journal might help me in ways I might not have even dreamed of….