Spring is bustin out all over…Not a tulip, but still beautiful.
Its been a while since I have been able to fly due to one thing or another, so today Cheryl and I flew to the St. Paul Downtown Airport/Holman Field (KSTP). There were a few planes in the pattern doing various things and KSTP has some weird runways and the river is right there. So while I was trying to land on Runway 14, a bigger plane was still on the Runway 14 waiting for clearance, so we had to land at on Runway 13 instead, while the bigger plane was still sitting on 14! It was wild and that landing was a bit stressful. Because its the Downtown Airport you cannot go very high due to the MPS Airport, so I was flying at 2,000 AGL, and you have all sorts of buildings in your view and the river and its not my normal airport. I did get one nice photo of the capital, we flew right over it, but I was a bit busy to take any other photos (Cheryl took control of the airplane as I took the photos, as flying and photo taking do not mix). Then it was back to Anoka, where I had a totally awesome landing! Landings are hard, but kind of important, so it was nice to get a few in.
Star Wars turns 40 years old today! Do you feel old?
Take your towel! A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have Happy #TowelDay
Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times:
The 25th symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries
May 23, 2017
Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Another year, another EQS. The EQS (Enhancing Quality Staff) in Changing Times Symposium is for University of Minnesota library staff and library staff from other universities and public libraries that want to attend. Basically its an all day conference for the library staff. This is my 9th EQS and they have all been fun. Sadly no prize wins this year (but I have a friend who has now won 4 years in a row), but I did attend some very interesting talks and one of my talks was cancelled.
‘Two Efforts at Reaching Patrons Experiencing Homelessness’ by Chris Ruiz and Kyle Orcholski
‘Ex Libris: Bookplates and Other Marks of Possession’ by Margaret Borg
Fee libraries bag of the libraries!
Cake vs ice cream the ultimate battle! EQS snacks.
‘Google Search – Advanced Search Tricks, Limits & Teaching Tips’ by Nancy Herther
Monopoly chocolate! The best talks bribe their audiences.
‘The Nuts and Bolts of Insect Illustration’ by Dr. Ralph Holzenthal
My Google Scholar profile was used in a talk today: “Online Identity- Do’s and Don’ts” by Kristen Mastel and Caitlin Bakker. I wasn’t there to see the presentation, as I was attending another talk, but I’m sure it was awesome! I was asked last week if they could use it in their presentation as a “Do” and I said sure. Thanks for photo Kristen!
My friend Dave Davis (aka Hugh L. Davis III) finished his PhD and is now Doctor Dave! Dave’s dissertation was on “The Impact Of Commercial Banking Development On Economic Growth: A Principal Component Analysis Of Association Between Banking Industry And Economic Growth In Europe.” He was very kind and thanked me and fellow PhD students: “To my classmates, Shawn Lowe, Ed Bee, Richard Baker, Greg Bonadies, Patton, Melissa Aho, and Madeline Messick: had it not been because of their friendship, it is doubtful that I would have ever completed this chapter of my life” (pages iv-v). I am sure that Dave would have done just fine without us, but its still nice to be thanked. Thanks Doctor Dave!
Here is your complementary cat photo to get you through the weekend: “Ginger under/on top of glass”.
My friend Todd just had an article published and he thanked me in the paper for helping edit the paper. How cool is that. Thanks Todd!
Barry, Todd. 2017. “Trade Gains via Business Market Share: U.S.-Global Posturing with Insight from Previous Manufacturing Battles” International Journal of Business and Information Volume 12 Number 1.
You can find the paper here: http://ijbi.org/ijbi/article/view/201
Sloane (Mom’s favorite) and the kids delivered lasagna and birthday gifts for my Mom’s 70th birthday. Sloane makes an excellent lasagna and chocolate cake!
Tonight was the last Boreas Booya of the semester and the topic was “Bridging the Intersections of Environmental and Social Justice” which was facilitated by the Student Advisory Team. Here is the blurb on tonight’s topic: “In this turbulent political time, questions of justice loom large. These questions challenge all of us. In light of them, how do we navigate the personal, professional and political in our work as academics? In this context, what is the role of academia and how is it changing?” (http://environment.umn.edu/leadership/boreas/networking/boreas-booyas/). Great questions about academics changing, but having worked in academics for more than 16 years and seeing the crap that still goes on, its changing at a glacial pace and really won’t change until the current generation of Baby boomers and the older generations retire or die off. Besides these questions we also discussed science and how do you define science. It seemed to me that a few students thought science should be on a pedestal or for those with degrees, which I believe is totally the wrong way to look at science. Science needs to be for the masses if its to survive and thrive. Anyone can do science. So some really interesting topics and a good size crowd (lots of PhD students this time around, including quite a few in political science). Did I mention the good food? Boreas always does a great job with the food for their events. So good topic, good food, good crowd, and unfortunately I was going on a few hours of sleep and could not string a sentence together. Ever have one of those days where you sound like a total dork? Yes, that was me tonight.