- Several super cute animal species around the world are no longer classified as endangered, including giant pandas, manatees, and humpback whales.
- We now have an effective Ebola vaccine.
- 50 million trees were planted in India by over 800,000 Uttar Pradesh volunteers in just one day.
- Harriet Tubman will be featured on the US $20 bill.
- I traveled way more than I ever have in my life, including trips to
- Washington, DC – first multilab planning session!
- Atlanta, GA – first talk at a scientific meeting!
- Taos, NM – first workshop!
- Central and Southern MADAGASCAR – first field experience!
- I discovered that my patronus is a black mamba.
- I fulfilled my teaching requirement for PSU with another semester of BIOl 110 Lab.
- I became an NSF Fellow through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
- I moved into an awesome new house with Daniel and our fuzz babies.
- My name and some of my work were published for the first time [https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160802192629.htm].
- Two postdocs joined the Perry lab and significantly improved our quality of life.
Second, I’d like to improve my physical and mental health. I am currently laughably out of shape and lacking sleep (yay mid-winter colds), so I’ve set a goal of at least 15 minutes of exercise per day along with a strict 10pm electronics cut-off time. I’d also like to allow myself more time to bake, organize my house, and be outside. Oh, and blogging of course, preferably 1-2 posts every Wednesday from now on :)
Third, I’d like to increase my productivity in graduate school. I am hopefully going to avoid procrastinating and getting tied up in side tasks by using a few apps to help me work towards getting stuff done every day, including toggl, HabitBull, and (my personal favorite) Wunderlist.
I wish you the best of luck with any goals you might set for yourself in 2017! Make a graphic – it’s fun and inspiring :) And for those of you that don’t really believe in the significance of the new year, like our friend Neil Degrasse Tyson, encourage your Gregorian friends to stick to their goals and write up some of your own just for the fun of it. Cheers, and see you next Wednesday!