Happy New Year!
I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this is an early greeting for the Chinese New Year, or I’m just late for the Western one! Although I view the passing of a new year as just the passing of a normal day, I very much like the excuse to take some time to reflect on past achievements, figure out my next goals and set plans in motion for the future.
Last year was a great year for many reasons: my research completed at Peking University was finally published (here and here), I settled into work at Ghent university, attended a couple of conferences (here and here), squeezed in some public outreach (here), seemed to improve my publication rate, and submitted a paper just in time for Christmas. In short, I achieved my goal for 2013 of ramping-up productivity.
This year, my main goal is to keep going and keep learning. I’ve learnt a tremendous amount during my time in Ghent and want to continue being as productive and more so. To this end, I’ve already moved onto the next projects that will be my focus in 2014 – projects involving the determination of metallicity gradients via VLT spectrsocopy in a subsample of Herschel Reference Survey galaxies, a study of the effects of galaxy inclination on modelled dust properties, and the analysis of FIR cooling lines from Herschel PACS/SPIRE spectroscopy of NGC 891 (two of my favourite things!).
I’ll also try to blog a bit more frequently than last year… I’ve found it’s a difficult habit to get into, when I already spend most of my days coding or writing. Watch this space!