Pardon for the slow update -- I have not had time to work on this entry. Please be patient and check back soon for an update --- Thanks, Kim --- 3 October 2001
It's probably about time for a new journal entry.....
"Eureka!" I'm still in California. Things are still "golden." This past weekend (the Labour Day holiday in the States) marks about my first anniversary here in the Golden State, the land of the rolling blackouts, earthquakes, movie stars, and all creatures big and small, and of course, me, for now.
I'm hanging in there, continuing to work on several neat-o NASA projects. I've had the opportunity to do a bit of traveling during the summer to attend a few classes and conferences related to my work.
In late June, I took the slow (and I really mean **s**l**o**w**) train to Santa Barbara from San Jose to attend a week-long course on infrared detectors held at USCB. I also had the wonderful opportunity to get reacquainted with a dear friend Ajay, from my Hopkins days, catching up on his life and meeting his friends. Here are some piccies of beautiful beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, in June.
In August, I finally made it to Space Camp. I always had wanted to go as a child, but never did it. I gave a talk about designing, building and testing infrared space telescopes and infrared detectors (the things I do for a living!). It was a lot of fun. I must admit that I really have forgotten what it was like to be 13 again. I had 30 thirteen year olds for an hour. They liked my talk and show and tell, but they surely went wild when I ended the presentation with a liquid nitrogen experiment. I froze lots of things, and broken them, among the oohs and ahs. I surely made a mess. But I had fun with it! Oh, if you would like to see my presentation, in PDF, click here.
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