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Transport Properties

April 25th, 2009 by ben

I haven’t really posted about this because it felt awkward and weird, especially when things were still up in the air. But now that I’ve signed on the dotted line, gotten a job lined up, and am counting down the days until I leave I figured it was time to spend a few moments and explain what’s going on.  You see, I’m saying goodbye to Ithaca.  There are a lot of specifics, but the long and short of it is that Cornell/Ithaca and I did not mesh well together.  I don’t mean to blame Ithaca as I feel that if my choices of career hadn’t changed I would probably be fine hanging out in Ithaca for a few more years, but they did change.

Quantum Field Theory is a really cool class and I look forward to each lecture Henry Tye gives. But it turns out particle physics is not my cup of tea. So where does that leave me? There’s astro stuff and there is condensed matter theory and neither of those do it for me. So if I got a job in theory, I don’t think I would really like it a few years down the line.  I came to this conclusion in the fall and I had to stop and take an inventory of all I had done. My conclusion? AMO rocks my socks.

It was around October when I decided this and noticed that (as of that date) there was not a single AMO professor at Cornell. With that on my mind, I decided that I needed to transfer. Well, a lot has happened in those interveneing months, I started working for Mukund Vengalattore part time and I grew to loathe living in the middle of nowhere. So while working with Mukund is pretty awesome…I desperatly wanted to leave Ithaca. Therefore, when I was accepted into Boulder I was pretty ecstatic.

There you have it folks. Boulder stole a grad student from Cornell.

Just a few more weeks, and I’m heading out to Colorado.

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  • 1 Carter Apr 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Doing what you love is the most important thing. And Bouler AMO definitely rocks. Best of luck to you! 🙂

  • 2 ruth Apr 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm


  • 3 Liz Apr 29, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Ok, now Boulder has Ruth, Ben, and Dave. I feel lonely. I guess I’ll come make detectors at NIST. See you guys soon!