Start of Sabbatical

It’s official — my junior sabbatical (technically “junior leave”) has begun.  I’m free from teaching, college service, and academic advising for a whole year.  I’m being paid part-time, but it’s worth it!

In addition to the mountain of research-related goals I’ve set for myself, I also want to get outside and explore more of the area.  I’ve succeeded so far, spending the first weekend visiting colleagues at UC Merced and hiking in Yosemite.

20180519_125624Ok, so not every weekend’s going to get views like this one.  I’ve been also doing some long bike rides in Portland (long for me, at least) — part of the 10 best rides in Portland, a map that has quickly become my go-to guide.  Last weekend I biked to the summit of McKenzie Pass — the views were as good as I had heard, including the vast lava fields near the top.

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So far, the start of sabbatical has been great.

P.S. My summer students are maintaining a blog of their research – The Pathway Not Taken – check it out!

 

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