Happy New Year!

by Nancy Santagata

A New Year’s post has become a sort of unofficial custom here at a Day in the Life.  Therefore, in keeping with tradition, Amy, Megan, Natalie, and I would like to wish you a Happy 2015! 2015-made-out-of-sparkler-lights 2014 was a busy year for us outside of the blog, as you might be able to tell by the fluctuations in time between posts.  🙂  Rest assured that is not an indication that we are slowing down.  We still love working with our friends here at Ohio State (and beyond!) to share their fascinating stories with you.  These included Brendan Mikula’s discussion of the science behind teaching science, Kate Grier’s observations of the night sky from atop Kitt Peak, and a look into the fun of smashing atoms together with Christopher Plumberg.  With all of these great stories, imagine our surprise when we looked at the numbers and saw that our most popular post was written by the editorial board!  We each sincerely enjoyed sharing our individual experiences with being the only woman in the room, and we’re so glad to see that our readers did as well.  Collectively, all of these stories helped the blog accumulate over 11,000 visits in 2014.  That’s equivalent to all of the visits from both 2012 and 2013 combined! We are humbled by those numbers, and we owe the biggest of thanks to each and every one of our readers.

And the map – we can’t forget about the map!

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Of all of the stats that WordPress provides for us, the map is honestly my favorite.

It’s really filling in.  We’d like to take a second to personally thank the one person in each of the following countries that single-handedly put or kept their country on the map this year: Botswana, Mongolia, Cambodia, Cyprus, Swaziland, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Cape Verde, Ecuador, Mozambique, Albania, Nicaragua, Guernsey, Estonia, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg, Ethiopia, Georgia, and Maldives.  Nothing makes us happier to know that we are reaching readers all over the globe!

Looking forward, we’ll be sharing some pretty unique stories with you this year.  Keep an eye out for posts about jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, what life is like once you finally finish your PhD, attempting research for the first time and loving it, and why the veins in your arm appear blue.  The editorial board is going to sneak a few stories in as well. This winter I spent a few weeks in Alaska photographing the aurora borealis (also known as the northern lights), and the experience was too amazing not to share.  And Megan and Natalie are preparing a post describing the workshop that ultimately brought Natalie to the blog. We hope that these new stories are as well received as our last!

In closing, we’d love to hear from you! What was the coolest science story that you read in 2014, either here at A Day in the Life or elsewhere in the blogosphere? Are there any topics that you’d like to read more about in 2015? Leave us a comment here, on our Facebook page, or tweet us @AditLatOSU.

Once again, Happy New Year!

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About Nancy Santagata

violet As a sneak peak to my upcoming post, here I am knee deep in snow while on a hike at Creamer’s Field State State Migratory Waterfoul Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have been told that this getup reminds people of the character Violet Beauregarde from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Charlie Factory.  Hey, when it’s -20 deg F, all that I care about is staying warm.  🙂

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