Physics has been my long-standing interest for as
far back as I could remember. I will wander between
topics, such as space, electromagnetism, relativity,
and fluid mechanics, but what keeps me locked in to
the broader subject of physics is a fascination for
forces, motion, and energy. Lately the focus has been
on solar energy.
If you haven't already, I've completed a
writeup of my physics research. I welcome you to
take a look and see what you think.
Solar Design and Installation
If you've taken a look at my blog,
you can see where my practical interests currently lie.
After my master's degree, I went back to school at Durham
Tech to get some education in this developing field.
I took a total of 3 courses before passing my NABCEP
entry level exam with the highest grade in my class,
and getting a job at Sundogs
Solutions in Durham. Unfortunately after a few months
I was laid off, and am now back on the job market -
which fortunately gives me time to update this website.
Research - GIS, Ecology, and
When I was in graduate school from 2005-2009, my research
was largely GIS (geographic information systems)-based.
I had two topics of interest - how vegetation types
would redistribute themselves due to climate change
research - .pdf, 4 MB), and how habitat fragmentation
might impede or aid the process. I wanted to learn how
to model these changes, to build simulations that would
incorporate relevant variables and project on a map
where particular vegetation types might be. I took several
courses in modeling, but I never quite got to the stage
where I could make a simulation for my research. This
might be a good potential Ph.D project, should I go
back for my Ph.D someday.
Before that, I was into biology research in college.
Instead of spending 9 weeks in a summer research program,
I opted to spend one week condensing about 4 years'
worth of papers, notes, and bookmarks into a 24-page
paper entitled The
Cellular Mechanisms of Aging (.pdf, 282 KB). It's
a review of all we know (as of 2004) about the genetics
behind the aging process, and describes how lifespan
extension research can be done with current technologies.
Basement Renovation Project
Over the course of 3 years I’ve framed walls,
installed insulation, wall board, cut and laid floor
tile, installed carpet, cabinets, and stone countertops.
I’ve also done basic plumbing with copper and
plastic pipe. I’ve acquired these skills by teaching
myself from online sources and watching the occasional
contractor that we hire.
This is one of my more hands-on projects involving
my fascination with physics. I love photographing splashes
because of the action captured on film, the patterns
of motion involved, the beautiful fluid shapes that
emerge, and I am always striving for a photo with the
greatest symmetry. When we get our photo lab set up
I want to do more photos that may not necessarily be
high-speed, but are just as beautiful - wave patterns,
vortices, thin-film interference, etc.
I started doing nature photography with my husband
to try to capture beautiful photos of natural scenes.
It is ironic, but there can be motion even in a still
image; the idea is to capture it in some way that evokes
the feeling of motion.