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2 August 2012 Farewell Tundra!
This is it! Today was my last full work day in the tundra! It's been a great experience! Tomorrow, I'm cleaning out my desk at the lab, clearing things out of the kitchen, packing my things up,…
1 August 2012 Anti-Gravity Water!
Bog tea and crumpets, anyone? The characteristic light brown color is why researchers call this type of water sampling bog tea. In this multi-faceted research project, another important component…
27 July 2012 Jumbo Shrimp and Other Things That Don't Make Sense
This complete set can be yours, if the price is right. And yes, that is a car battery in the tundra! Let's think about the phrase "jumbo shrimp." How can something be jumbo (which means insanely…
26 July 2012 Walk Softly and Carry a Big....Needle
Don't worry, this won't hurt a bit. There are small needles for sewing a button back on a shirt, medium sized needles for cross stitching, but perhaps the biggest needles of all are for science…
21 July 2012 Top of the World Midnight Marathon
We're not professional athletes; we just look like ones! This is Kim and me with our game faces on before the race. Last night Kim and I were inaugural athletes in the first ever Top of the World…
20 July 2012 Snow Day!
Can you see the snow landing on my pants? The white blurs are snow flakes hurling towards me. Today it was so cold, it actually snowed while we were in the field collecting data!!! I was…
18 July 2012 Do Mosquitoes Have Toes?
I think it bit me on the bottom of my foot! Those famous words were uttered by Elliot Friedman, in his long battle with Barrow mosquitoes this summer. These mosquitoes are just hovering around the…
15 July 2012 I'm On A Boat & Splish Splash - My Polar Bear Plunge
Everybody Look At Me, 'Cuz I'm Sailing On A Boat Remember those super cool people from yesterday's journal entry - John Lenters and Brittany Potter. Well, they're back again! That's right, tag…
14 July 2012 The Northern Most Conference Room Ever!
While my teacher co workers back in Los Angeles are attending professional development (PD) in air conditioned rooms in nearly 80 degree Californian weather. I'm attending a PD myself, but not in…
12 July 2012 Field Trip and More Research(ers, that is)
The Inupait Hertiage Center was a chance to learn about the local area and the Inupait Eskimos that live here. The Center is best know for its whaling exhibit. The most interesting thing for me…
11 July 2012 Testing, Testing 1,2,3 . . . 27!
Today I was a testing maniac - a soil chamber testing maniac!!! We spent over 6 hours in the field collecting data. Whew! I was so completely exhausted at the end of the day that I actually was…
10 July 2012 Squish! Squish!
That's the sound of a serious work day! At least it is for us. The coveted missing United States Post Office package "just" arrived today. I think the USPS will be very sorry they selected…