May 22, 2020 (& June 6, 2020)
As any true academic, I procrastinated something important until the last minute. Someday, This will refer to grants I write or bigger deadlines I must meet, but for this post, it regards a poster competition.
I entered a virtual poster competition that offers CASH prizes for first ($500) and second($250). This is uncharacteristic for a University- sponsored award; the unrestricted money grants me the freedom to spend money on anything I want… probably something very important like rent, food, utility bills, or 1-2 dozen slap-chops.
The stipulations for the award are as follows: 1) The student had a conference cancelled due to COVID19, 2) The poster can be submitted via PDF and 3) the student presents the poster in a .mp4 recording. It seemed easy enough. I figured that it would take a half-hour of my time – tops. Which was good – because I (thought that I) had two hours until it was due.
However – it took me about twice that length. It’s surprisingly nerve-wracking to record yourself giving an academic presentation. It took a few tries to get it right! Below is a blooper from the first of 7 total trials:
While it’s unfortunate that I didn’t get to travel to California to present my research this year at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting, it’s even more unfortunate that I haven’t yet mastered Zoom recordings…🤷🏻♀️
I hope you took note of the aforementioned qualifier phrase, “thought that I had.” I was wrong about the May 22 deadline (when I began this post); the presentation and associated files are actually due today! However, I’m glad I finished it then, because today, I was too busy for a last-minute submission scurry. This afternoon, I headed downtown for a few hours of protest, in support the BLM movement with my Rochester community. 🖤✊
Which ostensibly points out…maybe procrastination isn’t a good M.O. to have…
Anyway, I hope y’all enjoy this post & thank you for reading! Wish me luck with the ACTUAL submission! 🙂😂🤷🏻♀️
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Ash – the first time I started reading this post was the day you posted it … and I confess that I was so blown away by the beauty and magic of the Slap Chop that I completely forgot to read the rest of the post until now. Devan and I watched and rewatched the video a bunch of times. What a masterpiece!
Congrats on your virtual poster presentation too, that does sound nervewracking!
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HAHAH omg. SlapChop guy is fantastic- I especially enjoy his charisma and frequent innuendos.
And thank you! Neither Tim nor I won, but the younger student in our lab, Ian, won second place!!
That’s great to hear that Ian won that award! I never get notifications for your comment replies although I check the box to sign up for them! So apologies for never responding haha 🙂
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Yes! Rand lab has been pulling pretty hard. And that’s weird/funny! I’ll text you if I have something extraordinary to reply
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