Round 2

October 30, 2015

Here we are folks. As requested by personal and professional entities alike. Round 2 of Burning Pots, Pans, and Calories.

Twitter isn't so much working for me. Blogging did. Then I deleted it.

I deleted it because I was afraid of social media: Not knowing how much is too much when you want to be a world-renowned scientist, when your demeanor is a grad student in perpetuity, when you're now responsible for the academic success of grad students (some of whom were born in the same decade as you).

I am a second year tenure-track assistant professor in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech. [Some would insert a "Go Hokies" here but that has never been my jam. This is more my jam.] 

What will this blog "be?"

Likely, a work-in-progress, like its owner.

I was asked by some of my lab mates in my postdoc to scribe anonymously in order to share about the trials and tribulations of tenure-track.

However, as with many things, it comes down to the money.

I am going to self-nominate for the "Mindlin Science Communication Prize." The idea is to share educational and scientific methods that I employ. Some may work. Some will fail. I'll report on both.

I will have students, colleagues, and external sources contribute to posts (recipes, exercise tips, programs, experiences, something we've read in popular press or new scientific journal). For the students, this can (will?) be an outlet to practice many relevant skills (writing, deadlines, successful communication). Part of my pedagogical approach is to challenge my students and support actions that lead to "products." Experiential learning has had a profound impact on me, and I have witnessed this with my students' motivations as well. We work in health promotion because we care about people. So, we need to reach people.

How will I report about reviewer #3 or a sexist comment about my attire? Well, let's jump in and find out.

All I can promise is that it will be very much "me." From vocal fry to parsnip fries.

And with that, I bid you a happy Friday.




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