Congratulations Doctor Kevin!

Congratulations Doctor Kevin Frank!

Fellow IDV PhD student Kevin just finished his PhD Dissertation on “Strategic Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Divergent Paths of Uganda and Tanzania.” He included this in his Acknowledgments page: “My classmates in the Doctoral Program in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi provided the comradeship that is so important in blended curriculums. I would especially like to thank Ms. Melissa Aho, a splendid research librarian and classmate who helped me navigate many of the shoals of academic resources. Her efforts greatly contributed to the breadth of sources of which I made use” (2017, iv). I am sure that Kevin would have done just fine without me, but its still super cool to be thanked. Thanks Doctor Kevin!

Underwater exhibit

The Wangensteen Historical Library has a new Underwater exhibit that “explores humans, health, and science in watery spaces. Discover what voyagers encountered on the sea and how interactions in and around water have been the harbinger of health and illness across the centuries. Viewers will explore topics from sewage treatment and public health to ocean voyages and pharmaceuticals from the sea. Rare books in the exhibit feature striking images of aquatic natural history, various technologies, and experiences of water and health” (

This little beauty has arrived!

This little beauty has arrived! Thanks Patrick Rothfuss for writing such an amazing story that I now have three copies of Name of the Wind. Does one person really need three copies of the same book? Yes. But I would really like to have the 3rd volume in the series. Just saying.


Baby it’s cold outside, but I shall give you a warm home. Hmmmm bundtinis.

The new 280

Twitter changed today from 140 to 280. This is not a good thing. 140 is the perfect Twitter tweet and if you could not do it in 140 you did not need to say it. 280 will destroy worlds.