Thursday, December 09, 2010

On the Cover of a Magazine

Nope, not me.

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My step-son Ryan is getting his PhD at Virginia Tech in Plant Physiology -- all the cool micro-level stuff like plant metabolism, gene expression, regulation, and molecular genetics.  I say "cool stuff" because when I was going to UVA, I filled my schedule with every microbiology and genetics class there was.

Other than it being cool to have taken the cover photo for a scientific journal (that's a photo through a microscope, btw), having the photo on THIS particular magazine is the equivalent of having your photo on the cover of Rolling Stone.  For scientists, there are many journals out there, but the two most respected can be boiled down to "Science" and "Nature".

So while my husband is just a proud papa, I'm an ecstatically jumping up-and-down idiot, because after my own four years of writing papers and citing this journal, I KNOW what this means to Ryan, ESPECIALLY since he doesn't even have his PhD yet!

Way to go, Ryan.  Big things are ahead for you.


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

18 comments:

  1. Good for Ryan! It's always so great to have family to make you proud :-)

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  2. that is cool!.. congratz to him

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  3. Congrats, you must be all so proud of him!

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  4. Bravo, Ryan! An exceptional achievement for a young scientist.

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  5. Kudos, Ryan! That is a fantastic accomplishement. I spent much of my life in medical research and Science is just absolutely top notch. Fantastic!!!!!

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  6. That is awesome! Getting the cover of any magazine is amazing. Congrats!!!
    Shannon C

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  7. Wonderful! Congrats to Ryan!

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  8. Way to go Ryan, what a major achievement!

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  9. Woo hoo! You go, dude!!!

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  10. Ryan's photo is beautiful, I love the translucent quality. A wonderful accomplishment!

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  11. Yeah!!!! Congratulations Ryan! (and you both) :)

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  12. That is fantastic!! Congrats to your son!!

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  13. You guys must have a little bit of rivalry going on, UVA and VT in the same family?!

    What an honor for him!

    I enjoy your blog and admire your talent!
    (Go VT!) :-)

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  14. Way to go Ryan! Congrats to you guys!

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  15. Gorgeous photo!!! Congratulations!!!
    ~Sharon~

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  16. That is awesome! Congratulations to Ryan and your family. Makes me feel good about the future generations!

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  17. Congratulations to your step-son, Ryan! What an awesome achievement!

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  18. Wow, that's amazing! Well done! Next step: Nature ;)

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