Wish me luck!
Heh, my icon? Totally the subject of a couple of the talks this week. Ah Creationist, where would we be without you. :P
I just put the finishing touches on my presentation slides, and after one more skim through to make sure there's no stupid errors, I'll be off to submit it. Just need to practice it so that I can knock down the time to 12-13 minutes. NO BABBLING HEATHER!!! Talk is tomorrow, so wish me luck!
Also, am staying on the 22nd floor (at the very top!) of our hotel. While it makes my knees shake, it sure does have a lovely view.
Since I'm a Super Geochemist, I am presenting at the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO next week. The conference runs from Oct 30 - Nov 3, but I'm going up early for a short course. While I've presented before at conferences, they were just tiny things with only 1 session running at a time. At this conference, they have 156 sessions running over the meeting, and each session is generally 1.5-2 hours long, filled up with presentations. There is a lot going on here, and so many geologist in one place.
While I'm super excited to go, I'm also terrified. I mean, in a small conference, you get to know the people there and presenting isn't as intimidating (for me). With so many people there, who knows who will be in the audience and what kind of questions they'll ask. They could grill me over an open flame! ACK! Mostly, though, it'll be nice to present my research and maybe get other peoples perspective and insight on my project.
Only question is: what do I dress up as for Halloween?!
-G. P. Merrill, 1897
I <3 rocks!
I <3 earth!
I <3 GEOLOGY!
And then the entire GSC got evacuated out of the building, and 200 bitterly disgruntled geologists sat on the steps and watched updates on the Canadian earthquake from the USGS (United States Geological Survey). Security had a bitch of a time getting the geophysicists to get out.
There might've been some pouting. :D
Headed to the Gem and Mineral Show downtown! I hope they have some pretty specimens at not too expensive cost.
As if I need more rocks kicking around here.
ETA: Gem show was amazing! Bought a pair of earrings for myself (smokey quartz and orange-red garnets in a silver setting), and purchased the gems and pieces I need to make two lapel pins for my Grandma for Christmas (one will have a malachite/azurite stone, one will have a beautiful clear garnet stone). SUCCESS!