Today on the way in the front door at work, I looked down and there was a hummingbird on the ground! I almost stepped on it. It was lying on its side and seemed dazed, so I picked it up and moved it out of the way of traffic. It was a cold morning, so I brought it into the sun to warm up. Another postdoc got some sugar water, and we fed it and had plenty of time to take some great pictures while it recuperated. We suspect that it probably flew into the window. After sitting in the sun for a few hours, it flew away. What a neat experience to hold a hummingbird!
I defended my thesis on Dec. 16th, and the final version has been submitted to the MIT library. An electronic copy is available here:
It is a huge relief to be done! Now I’m a postdoc in the Chemical Engineering department at MIT, working with Martin Bazant on computational modeling of LiFePO4 batteries: http://bazantgroup.mit.edu