Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy day - sad day, part 1

All good things come to an end. And now it is Amanda's time to leave. She successfully defended her thesis "Zooplankton metacommunity responses to environmental change in the sub-arctic". At this point, there are 3 manifestations of her work:
  • Amanda's electronic thesis link: the UoG library now provides an electronic reference for all theses, which will increase the exposure and accessibility of the research.
  • Her presentation, that is the perfect example of how we should present results to a larger audience

  • An actually hardbound copy of her thesis. While I will probably never open this again for the science (I prefer the pdf version), I just love to have one of these unique books (one out of maybe seven versions) sitting on my bookshelf. There is something so satisfying and memorable about the physical book. I don't think I will ever associate memories with a pdf file, but with a book, memories abound.

I am convinced that in the near future we will see other manifestations of Amanda's hard work, both in the form of peer-reviewed publications, and hopefully more of her insightful blog postings. I am looking forward to see her work on her PhD at McGill University.

And finally one more physical memory of her time here at the university: Amanda hand-made a pen for me!

Happy day sad day indeed.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Translating research

Amanda is currently trying to publish the first chapter of her thesis (whohoo), and this can do funny things to your brain. See the post on her personal blog on how research findings are translated through the different media outlets, or the scientific version of telephone.