by Nancy Santagata
A Day in the Life was initiated last year by three female members of the Department of Physics at The Ohio State University: Prof. Amy Connolly, postdoc Nancy Santagata (that’s me!), and graduate student Megan Harberts. We want to tell stories, aimed at young audience, about what it is like to live and work in physics. Since our first post in July, we have published biweekly blogs written by our many amazing friends, both male and female. We are so pleased by the positive response from both contributors and readers, so on behalf of the editorial board, Amy, Megan, Jasneet,* and myself, I would like to extend our sincere thanks and wish each of you a very happy 2013!
Happy New Year!
*You might recall Jasneet Singh’s post about her summer research experience in Prof. Brillson’s lab at OSU. We were so impressed that we asked Jasneet to join us here at A Day in the Life. She’ll help ensure that the stories are understandable to our high school readers, as well as keep the older ladies in line (tee hee) and up to date on the latest stuff, like social media. (Look for us soon on Twitter!) We are extremely happy to have Jasneet with us, so please join us in welcoming her to the blog!
Looking back, 2012 was a really exciting year for us. Since our first post by Megan in July, we have had a blast reading and discussing our bloggers’ stories (and hope that you have as well!). Of our 12 posts thus far, the three most popular were Shawna Hollen’s nonapolagetically girly description of how scientists are simply big kids with fancy toys, Anne Benjamin’s account of why she chose to be a physicist, and Richelle Teeling-Smith’s thoughts on the unfortunate stereotypes that we face as female scientists. Of course we’d like to thank each of our bloggers for sharing their personal stories, and we’re certainly looking forward to many more in 2013!
Our host WordPress.com compiles blog statistics for us, which they’ve nicely summarized in this super cool annual report. One of our favorite stats is the “Top Views by Country” map. This stats map tells us how many people have viewed our blog from each country. Quite honestly, Amy and I might be obsessed with this map. I like maps in general, but to see all of the different countries pop up one by one in such a short period of time is totally awesome – see for yourself!
We have readers from six of the seven continents! Perhaps we need to advertise more in Antartica? 😉
In addition to all of our readers from the US (highlighted in red with 1970 hits!), we’d like to acknowledge those of you that found us from all over the globe:
Canada (24), United Kingdom (18), India (15), Mexico (9), Switzerland (8), United Arab Emirates (6), Philippines (5), Turkey (4), Sweden (4), Australia (4), Serbia (4), Argentina (4), Estonia (3), Tawain (3), Republic of Korea (3), Colombia (3), Brazil (2), Indonesia (2), Portugal (2), Russian Federation (2), Spain (2), France (2), Ireland (1), Poland (1), Italy (1), Egypt (1), Singapore (1), Thailand (1), Netherlands (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Japan (1), Guam (1), New Zealand (1), Hungary (1), Pakistan (1), Malaysia (1), South Africa (1), and Germany (1).
If you’re one of those people listed above, either from the US, or from India, or Colombia our South Africa, or a teeny tiny island in the South Pacific like Guam, thank you! We are so grateful that you’re reading our stories.
Looking ahead, we have several goals for 2013. One of those goals is to increase participation from our readers, because, while we of course love sharing our stories with you, we want to hear from you too! In fact, in the spirit of the New Year, we can start working on this resolution today. I’ll leave a comment wishing everyone a Happy New Year and challenge you to do the same. And because I love languages (estoy aprendiendo español!), I encourage you to leave your message in your native language. It will be a lot of fun to see all of the responses that we get!
Thanks again everyone, and Happy 2013!
About Nancy Santagata
Although I am a chemist by training, my research lies at the intersection of chemistry and physics. I use cryogenic scanning tunneling microscopy to study the properties of atoms and molecules at surfaces and interfaces. Basically, with my microscope I can “see” atoms and molecules, and it’s pretty cool! Outside of the lab, outreach and teaching are personal priorities of mine. In addition to helping to create this blog, I recently started teaching general chemistry at Ohio State. Teaching is incredibly challenging, but also tons of fun! I have the best jobs in the world. 🙂