Wednesday, August 31, 2011

manuscript reviewers - random or legit?

Once in a while I get an invitation to review a manuscript. Not sure how I got on the list, or if they are even legit (and I haven't paid attention to if it's always the same journal, this one is an env. mon. journal). Why would someone want me to review a paper about critters on a coast? Am I in their database now and they randomly choose a name, or do they truly try to match papers with expertise? I once received an invite to review a paper pertinent to my work, but I knew someone even ore knowledgeable so I recommended him. Insights anyone?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Norah Murphy Chatzimanolis

The newest addition to our family arrived last Wednesday (August 17) at 9:19 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and was 20 inches long. All are well, but very tired and sore - thank goodness the grandparents arrive tomorrow :) Stelios and I are very happy (he is such a doting father).

Hope all of you are well

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Plastic watershed model ideas?

UPDATE - Trail 1 - Non-waterproof diorama. I can point out watershed details on this.

Anyone have ideas of where to buy or how to make a small plastic model of a watershed? Something like what's on this page. I'm looking for one to use in Haiti for teaching (I'm planning a fall trip). It has to be small enough to fit in my backpack (<12in x 12in), and already in one assembled piece since I may not have time to set something up. I could try making one, like the one in that webpage, then melt a sheet of plastic over it, maybe a piece of lamination plastic or something from a craft store. Anyone have experience with craft store melty plastic (if such a thing exists)? Or modeling clay that holds shape and water, and won't crack when my backpack gets tossed around? Thanks! (PS I'm taking the intro to Creole class here this fall!)