I am done. The presentation has been given and was well received, though a bit simple for college-age folks — it was intended for the 8th graders I work with. My paper is written (not up to standards, but done well enough — it was optional anyway). My portfolio is pulled together and ready to […]
Today I took the first three of many tests I need to pass for entrance to the Master’s program next year. They seemed easy… I took two hours instead of the allotted five to finish. We’ll see. Unofficial results should be available online this evening. Official results will be sent later. I hope I did […]
On to the main topic, the field trip for the class I am taking on Microbial Ecology…. We went to explore the mostly untrampled flora around Mt. Rainier. The primary focus, lecture-wise was pretty much on mycorrhizal fungi: how they work with trees and other plants to provide nutrients, and occasionally how they are parasitic or otherwise pathenogenic. However, we were also able to explore some bacterial biofilms, lichens (a symbiote between bacteria and algae), and a couple of “charismatic megafauna” in the form of a black bear and some deer at Paradise on Mt. Rainier.
I am dipping my toes back into the pool of academia, it seems. Nearly 20 years post-baccalaureate, I have decided that I was wrong (all those years ago) to reject going into teaching. After my experiences of the last couple years, I have decided that I am, in fact, willing to do something I love […]