I just want you all to know that I have NOT fallen off of the face of the earth. Two major online news stories hit and I started (but never finished posts for them) - one about that Black Studies mess at the Chronicle of Higher Education (check out @TressieMC's Inferiority of Blackness as Subject to get o speed). and the other about the death of Beastie Boy MCA - you know the one with raspy voice - mmmmm DDDRRRRRRRRRROP! The first story got me heated. The second story really upset me. I'll still complete those blog posts, I just wanted to check in with you all.
There a good news, too that I missed. I would have been blogging and re tweeting in real time. So here I am dropping links and showing inter-disciplinary love for my science tweeps.
For example @astroholbrook is in the final throes of a really great Kickstarter Campaign: Black Sun: Documentary Film about the 2012 Solar Eclipses. Dr. Jarita Holbrook, is documenting the work of Dr. Aplhonse Sterling of NASA and Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi who are studying the eclipse of the sun. It's an awesome research program and the documentary is as well. So, I'm encouraging everyone to check it out and contribute. Less than a week to go.
and my FAVORITE >> Why Facehuggers Make Great Science Teachers (check this one out first!!!)
So what wast I doing instead? I was busy meeting my new niece.
Thanks to a last minute call, I was allowed to go into the deliver room with my sister and witness her C-Section and baby delivery. It was so awesome!
It was gross and messy and exciting. I tried not to be too obnoxious. But I'm a science communicator. I live to document and share stuff like this!
I walked around in my paper scrubs for the longest time. I walked out into the waiting room searching for my brother-in-law to tell him how it went. I was replaying scenes from Doctor television shows. I felt so empowered. I kept saying to myself, "Yes, yes I am Dr. Lee." But okay, okay, okay, I'm not *that kind* of doctor. LOL.
I'm back in Oklahoma and I've been grinding like crazy. I've got to get out of this town this summer. I'm so excited about going to Tanzania this summer to study African Giant Pouched Rats up close. So I've been trying to get my research equipment and supplies ordered. I've been thinking about all of the stuff I'll need to do make everything go well. Plus, it crossed my mind that this will also be an awesome outreach opportunity. So, I'm getting some things hammered out. I'm crafting a proposal for a crowdfunded science outreach project while I'm there. Stay tuned. I'll be reaching out to all of you for assistance and support.