By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
In the last week, I learned why not too many people drive from California to Illinois. Over the course of five days and almost 2,000 miles, I encountered crazy drivers, tornado warnings, and a bizarrely high number of road kill deer carcasses.
So why did I make the drive?
I recently got a job at ASAS as the “Scientific Communications Associate,” aka science writer/reporter for the society. For an animal science nerd like me, this is a dream come true.
Of course, I’m jumping into the job at one of the busiest times of the year. My co-workers are preparing for the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM), where ASAS is teaming up with the American Dairy Science Association to present the latest research in the field.
While I run around, doing errands to make my new apartment livable, I’m also getting ready to fly to New Orleans for JAM. I’ll be keeping ASAS members updated throughout the meeting by posting on Twitter, Facebook, Taking Stock, and the BULLetin.
Feel free to comment on any of these sites and let me know your thoughts as well as tips on any interesting events/classes/contests/whatever. While I’m rushing around, setting up my new Illini (is that the term?) life, I’ll also be checking my e-mail at MadelineMS@assochq.org.
In the meantime, does anyone know a good cat-sitter in Champaign?