Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ph.D.!

I can now legitimately have a blog titled kd-PhD. Last month, I defended my dissertation (and passed)! It was terrifying, but I also always enjoy presenting my work to an engaged audience, and the (perhaps somewhat captive) audience was excellent. My liberal arts background ended up seeing me through to the end - in addition to the more expected scientific questions, there was a question about Foucault!

If you would like to be one of the proud few who have read my thesis, it can be found on on my website.

Since then, I've been packing, moving, on vacation, and am now in San Francisco! I start at Google next week.

7 comments:

Suresh said...

Congrats ! Now you need to start posting more regularly :)

Anonymous said...

Do you find the way **GASARCH** writes your name to be derogatory?

GASARCH said...

CONGRATS on your PHD!

bill ***GASARCH***

sorelle said...

Thanks! And Suresh - I'll try... (;

No, I don't find the way Bill writes my name to be derogatory. Probably because I know him. It's always hard to read the appropriate tone into writing otherwise.

Anonymous said...

As if she would say that she minds...

Anonymous said...

There's good precedent for asking personalized joke questions at the end of a defense. Prolific science fiction author Isaac Asimov was originally a chemist writing fiction on the side. Apparently at the end of his defense he was asked a question about a chemical substance he invented for a story.

-Warren

Powen said...

a much delayed congratulations (am rediscovering my RSS extension on my PC copy of Firefox)!

Reading your blog reminds me of how much I miss hanging out... see you soon in San Francisco!