Saturday, 14 March 2015

Press Replay

This is what I wrote two years ago. There is very little I can add. I am tremendously privileged to have a research leave every seventh term, just about once in two years.

I don't have a book project this time, but I have several large and difficult chapters that I agreed to write long ago in moments of weakness, hoping that something would come in between. As usual, it hasn't, so THE TIME HAS COME. For some inexplicable reason, I am giving three keynote talks at conferences in the nearest future and for two of these I only have a vague idea of what I am doing. All in all, the amount of text I have to generate will add up to a book.Therefore I need to plan carefully.

In the next few weeks I will have to grade last term's papers. I will try to do it as soon as possible to take it off my mind. Doctoral supervision is not affected by research leaves so any moment a draft may land in my computer, anything from a chapter section to a finished thesis. I will deal with it when it comes.

The graduate admissions are almost done for this round, and I don't have to attend meetings. My diary is wonderfully empty except for some dinners with good friends or visits from grandchildren.

Soon it will be warm enough to dig in the garden, and my physiotherapeut has mended my shoulder. I am building a gorgeous dollhouse. Can life get any better?





2 comments:

Laura said...

Hi Maria,

I love this desert photo you took:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0ZbP5eFoim4/VCmPJP5v7VI/AAAAAAAAGX4/WDud8xIMCLk/s1600/baobab.jpg

I make science lessons for elementary teachers to use in their classrooms, and I’m doing a unit on plants and their different environments. Your photo would work perfectly for one part of a lesson, and I think it would really help to engage the students. I was wondering if you’d be willing to let me use the photo in our lesson?

I’ll make the lessons available to teachers on www.mysteryscience.com. We’re a group of educators trying to make it easy for elementary teachers to inspire a love of science in their students.

We are a small private business and we don't have any foundation grants so we don’t have a budget to pay for photos. But if you would be willing to let us use your interesting (and educational) photo, we will publicly display your name and a link to your website in our photo credits. Would this be okay with you? Your photo would be permanently embedded in our lesson, so we want to be sure you're okay with this.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my request!

Laura
laura@mysteryscience.com

Maria Nikolajeva said...

Dear Laura, sorry not to have responded earlier - I have just noticed your comment. I don't know what you find so remarkable about my photo, but please feel free to use it. Best wishes, Maria