Excuses Excuses!

By Mark Trodden | October 31, 2006 9:09 pm

OK, I know I’ve been slacking on the blogging front recently, and thought I’d explain myself by way getting back into the swing of writing.

As you know if you’ve been reading Cosmic Variance, I recently spent three weeks in Australia as a Sir Thomas Lyle fellow at the University of Melbourne. A week ago I left there and took a lengthy (about 30 hour) trip back home, which left me exhausted, as you might expect.

I had a tremendous time in Melbourne (as described here, and here), but am also very glad to be back home. Nevertheless, there were piles upon piles of research, teaching, and administrative/service tasks waiting for me upon my return, and these have entirely consumed the last week.

Despite these pressures, I left all of them behind on Monday and attended our semesterly Cornell-Syracuse Joint One Day Theory meeting, this time held at Cornell. We had another impressive meeting, with mostly great talks. I was delighted that the students and postocs with whom I’ve been working did excellent jobs, and found the day even more useful because my Cornell collaborators and I were able to sneak some work on our paper in during one of the breaks.

Today I was back at Syracuse, but tomorrow afternoon I head out to California to chair and deliver an invited presentation in a session titled “How many dimensions does the universe have?” at a National Academy of Science Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, at the National Academies Beckman Center in Irvine. This should be a really fun time (although a lot of work), discussing science with wonderful people in very different disciplines from across the U.S.. My co-presenters are my good friends Jonathan Feng (from U.C. Irvine) and Gary Shiu (from U. Wisconsin, Madison), so not only will I get to hear their (usually terrific) presentations, but I’ll also get to hang out with the two of them, which I haven’t got to do for a while. Saturday night the meeting will be over, and I’ll take advantage of being close to L.A. to meet up with Sean for dinner.

So, as you can see, it’s been a pretty busy time for me. Coupled with sitting on three departmental committees (chairing two of them), and teaching my class, it’s been a pretty crazy time. We’re all busy, so I shouldn’t make too many excuses, but after this trip I won’t be flying for over two months (something of a recent record for me), and I hope to be able to return to regular blogging.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cosmic Variance, Personal, Travel
  • http://www.savory.de/blog.htm Stu Savory

    When you get back from CA, I – and probably many other blogreaders – would like to get the “How many dimensions does the universe have?” lecture too. Any chance of you posting it here? PPTs or PDFs are ok too.

  • Jeff

    My good friend Tim will be at your meeting at UC Irvine this weekend, he’s a senior staffer for the NRC that runs these shindigs. I’ll tell him to say hi! He and I are planning to get together for dinner this weekend as well (I’m in Pasadena) so who knows, maybe we’ll see you and Sean sitting at a table nearby!

  • Timo

    Hi, Jeff, Mark, and Sean!

    I’m a bit crushed…I will actually be NEXT DOOR to the FOS Symposium, participating in a meeting of the Academies’ Board on Physics and Astronomy. However, since meetings are ALWAYS really interesting, maybe I’ll sneak out and hear at least Mark’s talk.

    ciao, ciao, and I’ll aim to buy you all at least one drink this weekend…


  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/risa/ Risa

    Mark, see you there!

  • Jeff

    heh Timo, sorry, I assumed you were at the “cool” meeting… 😉


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About Mark Trodden

Mark Trodden holds the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Chair in Physics and is co-director of the Center for Particle Cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a theoretical physicist working on particle physics and gravity— in particular on the roles they play in the evolution and structure of the universe. When asked for a short phrase to describe his research area, he says he is a particle cosmologist.


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