Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Yesterday was a good day

We heard from the National Science Foundation that a proposal I had submitted last August is funded. This is to run a summer undergraduate research program. We're going to host eight undergrads in our labs and give them research projects to do. Pretty cool. My chairman is very happy about it. He told me so. Twice. Of course now the real work begins...

Being a typical government agency, the NSF has given us funding right at about the time we should be finishing our recruiting for the summer. So we have to recruit very quickly. Oh yeah, we're also supposed to have a detailed website for our program by yesterday, or even earlier. So I'm busier than a one-legged man in a bum kicking contest.

And the NSF is requiring me to attend a workshop in DC in March... Fortunately this starts the day after a meeting I'm attending in Baltimore ends. So I've extended my trip. I'm not terribly happy about being out of town so long, but that's the way it is.

Word of the post:

kvetch \KVECH\

adjective:
1. To complain habitually.

noun:
1. A complaint.
2. A habitual complainer.

Example: One of our less successful faculty has become a kvetch. It's very irritating. Not that I'm kvetching.

6 comments:

Goose said...

Congratulations on being funded!! They certainly took their sweet time letting you know!

JollyRgr said...

Congratulations bro!

I hope we're not going to be in the way when we visit.

Odyssey said...

No big bro, you won't be in the way. The plan is to have everything planned and coordinated so I don't have to do it all. There are a total of sixteen faculty involved - some of them can shoulder some of the load.

mouthfulofpancake said...

Excellent news! Congratulations!

Milo said...

congrats! Now get to work!!! ;o)

Odyssey said...

I'm working, I'm working already. Oy!