Chemical structures of microbial lipids, or 'fossil fats'.I just finished, and successfully defended, my Master's thesis at MIT. Never again will I bury my brain in polycyclic terpenoids, at least not until I myself am subjected to diagnesis as a result of sedimentary burial - hopefully after a full and happy life. There are enough champions of microbial lipids and, as Thoreau noted, of civilization. So now I swap the laboratory and the microbial fats contained therein for wilder horizons without a petri dish in sight. I yearn, madly, for the mountains. More substantive blog update to follow on where and what I'll be up to in 2010, as I kickstart an academically uncontained life as a full-time bonafide starving adventurer/wilderness conservationist/writer. Meanwhile I am above all things glad and young.

you shall above all things be glad and young.
For if you’re young, whatever life you wear

it will become you;and if you are glad
whatever’s living will yourself become

that you should ever think,may god forbid
and(in his mercy)your true lover spare:
for that way knowledge lies,the foetal grave
called progress,and negation’s dead undoom.

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance

ee cummings

So long, MIT.

AuthorKate Harris