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Day December 14, 2006

Back to school time…

It’s official. I’m going back to the University of Washington this January, to resume finishing my Ph.D. in Anthropology. I haven’t written much about this because it hadn’t happened yet, and I suppose there was a chance it wouldn’t.

But I opened the admissions envelope today and discovered that the only stumbling block between me and school was that I can’t prove I had measles vaccinations. So next week I’m getting tested (hopefully) for antibodies to prove I’m not going to start an epidemic on campus, and it’s back to a much older way of life (in terms of personal history). I’m going to be working from home, naturally, but I expect to be on campus several times a month for meetings, the library, seminars, etc.

My original advisor, Dr. Robert Dunnell, retired back around the time I was at Internap Network Services, so I’ve selected a new committee. Dr. James Feathers, who runs the Thermoluminescence Dating Lab (where I worked in the early 1990’s) will be my committee chair, and Drs. Marcos Llobera and Eric A. Smith will be on the committee. I’ll select a GSR by January, it looks like.

I’m very excited to be going back, after a decade’s hiatus to work in the technology industry. Naturally I’ll try to write a bit about the experience as we go along. And of course, this spring I’ll get pictures up on the site when the cherry trees bloom on the quad…