May. 7th, 2009

life update

May. 7th, 2009 02:50 pm
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I've been very busy lately. I'm spending a lot of time writing my thesis, but I'm making real progress. I have ~80 pages and am probably about 50% finished, maybe a little less. I defend on 21 July, so I've still got another couple of months to get it done.

Yesterday I got word that the second paper I've written as a grad student has been accepted for publication. The referee comments were very positive this time, which is nice, because I got a lot of criticisms on the submission of an earlier draft. I recognize that this is par for the course and that referees will almost always ask for significant revision, but it is still a little hard not to take it personally.

Now I'm working on my third paper, which hopefully we'll be able to get out of the door this month. It largely depends on some of my collaborators, though, so I'll just have to wait and see. Since I'm working with experimentalists, this paper is kind of an anomaly for a theorist like me insomuch as it actually contains data. My advisor insisted that I have at least one publication with real physical data since I'm getting my PhD in physics, not applied math, so this is it. At this exact moment I'm running some simulations to confirm and expand on a couple of my results, hence the time to post an entry.

By the way, I now have Dreamwidth invite codes, so let me know if you want one.

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