I've been meaning to talk a little more about the academic part of what I do and now I have a great reason to do it.
Someone actually published something talking about something I published.
You can read the story about it on Emory's eScienceCommons.
To be perfectly honest, prior to the interview I hadn't even looked at the second article I planned on publishing about my dissertation research since I finished the defense of my dissertation.
Technically, I still haven't, but I am excited about working on it again. I think I needed a little mental break.
Or maybe it's just a lot harder to find additional references after your alma mater cuts you off from access to scientific journals (not so nourishing for those of you who speak Latin). Don't worry, as soon as my adjunct status is official I'll once again have access to academic publications and be able to function in the world. I'm sure that's funny if you've never had access to them or missed it.
On the positive side, it gave me the last couple of months off from academic pursuits. Now I'm refreshed and excited about my research all over again.
In case you weren't forced to read it repeatedly while I was in write up, my first article is published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Go ahead. Follow the link.
Sidenote. If you google it, my name comes up as Hibbs, AC. You have no idea how much that pisses me off. I would go on a rant about why I can't understand what is so freaking hard about Campbell Hibbs, AR, but I'll assume this is a programming issue and the engine pulls the information incorrectly. At least that's what I'll tell myself since I repeatedly filled out forms listing Campbell Hibbs as my last name and I like to assume other people wouldn't decide they know better than I and publish my work as though Hibbs was my last name. It is the last word in my last name, but not my last name. Check with the Social Security Administration. They'll back me up. For more on this rant see my first post on the topic.
Did you try to read the article? See how annoying it is to not have free access to these types of publications? A little frustrating to know that there is something you want to read and know where it is, but not be able to access it, huh?
Welcome to my life for the last couple of months.
If you didn't read the abstract, the gist of the article is that the population using canal irrigation had a higher prevalence of schistosomiasis (i.e. more people got infected by the parasitic worm I was studying). It was full of sciency things like laboratory procedures and statistical analyses and graphs. Lots of graphs.
The next one I'm going to work on is a bit of a departure from that. It's more of a theoretical discussion of the decision making processes and potential rationales for the use or lack of use of canal irrigation within the two populations. If you couldn't tell from the eScienceCommons write up, that's the way more exciting part as far as I'm concerned. I'll let you know when I have it written up.
I can't let you read it though. If I posted it on my blog it would be previously published and it would be a whole big problem to get it published somewhere where it would be peer reviewed and you'd have to pay to read it. It's complicated. I know.