I was honored to receive the President’s Award for Scientific Publication on October 31st 2014. As I’ve noted elsewhere, this is the result of a lot of hard work by many people. I am most thankful to Sameera Weerathunga and T. Kumara for sticking with a very demanding job despite all challenges, Ms. Nisha Suhood for doing all that is necessary behind the scenes and more, and Dr. Devaka Weerakoon, our longtime collaborator at the University of Colombo. I’m also lucky to have a wonderful and supportive husband, Sergey Kryazhimskiy. And of course where would anyone be without their beloved parents. Thanks Mom & Dad.
But, in a constant reminder that all good things must pass, I am very sorry to have lost a beloved member of the family. I cannot write this post without also honoring the memory of Dr. Arkady Kryazhimskiy, my dear father-in-law. A brilliant mathematician, wonderful father, and gentle human being. May he rest in peace and may his ideas live on.
There are at least two kinds of science today – a) the kind that requires millions of dollars, a small army of techs and postdocs, and many fancy doo-dats or whatsits and b)everything else. The latter doesn’t do too well in today’s funding climate, which is geared toward funding BIG EXPENSIVE science. A small group of scientists – mostly students – are trying to change all that by appealing directly to the public to fund small, very cool, science projects and earn a nifty little reward of thanks. The projects are diverse – everything from zombie fish to next-generation algae technology. The result: The #SciFund Challenge! Help us help elephants – and help science along the way!