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PSA: It's cold, buy a Carbon Monoxide Detector.
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cold Fusion
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
January (2)

Going back
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fun with Jackass
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
2010 (33)
December (4)

The 12 days of (Lab) Christmas
Friday, December 24, 2010

I really hope there isn't a number 3
Thursday, December 9, 2010

So why don't you have more papers?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Picking a project
Thursday, December 2, 2010
November (2)October (7)

As promised: Geeka and A Cow
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Finishing something
Saturday, October 23, 2010

A cartwheeling Geeka
Monday, October 18, 2010

Some Classroom got funded, I get embarrassed.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bounty for Donor's Choose
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

If I couldn't be a scientist
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

That's not the shape of his head.
Friday, October 1, 2010
September (6)

Glutton for Punishment
Saturday, September 25, 2010

I talk to machines.
Friday, September 24, 2010

World's worst Journal Club.
Monday, September 20, 2010

The IACUC Chair
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hell, I did know then, I just didn't know it until it hit me.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stuff Geeka Likes: The Toys Edition
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
August (9)

How I ended up a scientist.
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monday morning crapped on my head.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Naming your equipment
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stuff Geeka Likes: Inaugural edition
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Silent Squee
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In which I come clean
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Having a bad day
Monday, August 9, 2010

My blogging philosophy
Friday, August 6, 2010

Balance? We don't need no stinking balance.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
July (5)
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Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

I've decided that I'm going to do it. I'm going to spend 25 minutes of my hard won weekend, and apply for a MS program. Why? I just quit being a student, why the hell would I want to submit myself to something like this again? Short answer, because I want to. 

The long answer is that at the basic core of me, I like to learn. I like to learn new things. I've always been that way. New instrument? New language? New technique? Yep, yep and yep. While I'm still paying off student loans, work will pay enough per year for me to do this in a few years, and realistically, I don't have as many loans as one would think for as long as I was in school. 
So what's this new MS gonna be in? Well, here's the sticky part. I was kind of thinking of getting an MBA, but those people freak me the fuck out. I mean, seriously, it's all freaking common sense and greed. There are some programs locally that do a biotech MBA, but, they would require me to take things like 'Molecular Biology' which I'm qualified to teach, so that's a no-go. I found one that's a management for engineers program. Interestingly enough, I have all of the pre-required classes (who was stupid for taking differential equations and linear algebra as electives now, huh?). I think that this would be an interesting mix of science, engineering and management, the former to keep me sane, the latter two to entertain me. 
So hopefully, as of January 2011 I will be a student again. At my undergrad institution, with, surprisingly enough, teachers I had as an undergrad. It's been 11 years since I was there, and I've gone significantly grey since then, but I'm hoping that they will remember the good things about me, and not the 'she speaks her mind, doesn't take no for an answer' part of me, because grad school beat that out of me. 

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Washington University School of Medicine
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That's awesome!! Good luck!

Image Goddess
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1. I've never seen a grey hair on you.
2. What the hell are you talking about - you speak your mind??!!
3. Yeah for learning!!!!

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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So does this mean you have to quit your biotech job? What do you want to do once you get your shiny new degree? Manage engineers?

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Wow! That IS awesome!! Good luck and have fun :) I'm sure you will..
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