Secret Saturday: Why Yes, I’d Love A Chance To Wet My Pants In Front Of A Crowd
You might remember that before I came to MI, I had a temporary gig working for an MIT professor. The work was a relative success, so when I left the grad student informed me he had started putting the data together in a paper and that he would be contacting me for input on the paper contents later. There was a little back and forth between him and myself, and the professor, and eventually we came up with a paper we were all happy with that presented the results of our little experiment.
Fast forward to January, when I received an email that the paper had been accepted for publication. We had very minimal changes requested by the reviewers, so by the end of the month I officially became a published scientist. Not bad for a girl who didn’t go to grad school!
Last month I got another email from the MIT professor. There is a workshop thing being hosted at my old stomping grounds (i.e. Fermi) on the neutrino experiment I did the work for. She would like for the paper to be presented at said workshop, and the grad student who I worked with is already presenting something else. She said it would be no problem for him to present on two topics, but she was hoping I might be interested in presenting.
So, in 3 weeks I’ll be hanging out with my old Fermi buddies and trying to not pee myself in front of a room full of people way smarter than me. I’m super excited, but kind of terrified. It’s a great opportunity, and as far as talks go this isn’t too overly nerve-wracking, but it’s still presenting an idea to people who probably know more about it than me and trying to not sound like an idiot.
I called in to listen to the grad student give a practice talk since he’s presenting the paper at another conference right now, which was incredibly helpful. I’ve never done anything like this, so I really have no idea what I’m doing. I have a copy of his slides, as well as notes I took during his practice run, so I’m hoping I can make something respectable using that as a guide. I’m hoping to have it done by the end of this next weekend so I can send it off to him and the professor to take a look at, but with my work schedule I have no idea if that’s even a realistic goal, much less an attainable one. I guess we’ll see!
In any event, for a few days I get to pretend I’m back in a job I like, so I’m excited. And I get to see some old friends! So really it’s just a win all around.
Posted on May 11, 2013, in Life, Misc. Topics (Life), Work and tagged Massachusetts Institute of Technology, neutrino experiment, Presentation, Published paper. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.