Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tin Woodsman

We have been making repairs to our scanning tunneling microscope (STM) the past few days. Out system is normally kept under ultra high vacuum, so the interior hasn't been exposed to ambient conditions in about three years. We have to keep everything clean that goes inside the chambers, so we clean everything that goes inside in multiple solvents and when we work inside, it's always with gloves on. A small piece that we needed got dropped into the depths of the STM chamber, so I went in to retrieve it with foil wrapped around my arm to avoid contamination. We have since discovered that there are clean sleeves available in the lab for just this purpose, but they're not nearly as fun as wrapping yourself in aluminum foil.
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Friday, June 22, 2007

Coming full circle | Philly | 05/29/2007

I used a ton of Brent Maddin's material's in my high school classroom and observed him teach at the IDEA Academy as well. Here's a great story about him and the impact of TFA.

Coming full circle | Philly | 05/29/2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

George and Becca's Wedding

My freshman hallmate (and the reason that I survived general chemistry...look at what I owe this guy) and senior year roommate, George got married this weekend in Chapel Hill, NC. I had a fabulous trip with a stop in Atlanta to see some friends before reuniting with a lot of great friends from college at the wedding. Here are the pictures.

Monday, June 11, 2007

My eloquent father

My parents did a river cleanup on the Licking River this weekend and made the Lexington Herald Leader. My dad says he doesn't remember having said this, but it's pretty hilarious:

Kentucky.com | 06/11/2007 | River rolls along a bit cleaner now: "Ed Scott, a physician, hauled soggy cigarette packs and carpeting out of the river after making his rounds at a Morehead clinic.

'The idea that the people are getting together to make it beautiful, it's really great,' he said."

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Triathlon Win

This morning, I picked up my Ph.D. advisor at 5:10am and we drove south to Lake Shelbyville for the Wolf Creek State Park triathlon, which was a sprint of 0.25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 3 mile run. I was the 35th male out of the water, but I managed to win the triathlon. I finally ended my streak of having the fastest run (someone ran 2 seconds faster than me), but I'll happily trade that in for the overall win. I didn't take the lead until the last 600 meters and had to work really hard on the run to do it. I biked almost 2 mph faster than the last triathlon I did since I've spent a fair amount of time on the bike (still not enough, though), but I literally haven't swum a stroke since my last triathlon and think I could take a lot of time off there. My advisor also raced very well; he was in 2nd place coming off the bike (after having averaged 25.1 mph...smoking fast, but he is a competitive cyclist). We'll have to work on his running so that he can hold off a few more people, especially since the 40-45 age group is so competitive.
The complete results can be found here, which includes all splits for the race (note that I'm not yet 26, but for USAT, your age is that at the end of the calendar year).