Calendar

Monday

Dawn points out features on a map.

9:00
Workout out in campus rec center (weights and exercise bike).
10:15
Respond to emails and phone calls
11:00
Teach Honors section of an Introductory Oceanography class (lasts 50 minutes, 6 students). OSU has a special Honors College for its best undergraduate students.
12:15
Meet with graduate teaching assistants for my regular Introductory Oceanography class and my Advanced GIS class.
1:00
Teach regular Introductory Oceanography class (http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/oceans, lasts 50 minutes, 250 students).
2:00
Office hour and lunch.
3:00
Respond to emails and phone calls.
4:30
Take dog for a walk. Dawn's dog, Lydia, comes to campus with her every day and has special permission to hang out in her building.
5:00
Prepare for evening lecture.
6:00
Teach Advanced Geographic Information Systems class (http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/buffgis, lasts an hour and a half, 25 students).
7:30
Prepare lectures/activities for next classes and/or try to get research or writing done, depending on deadlines.

Tuesday

Three-dimensional view of a volcano on the seafloor.

10:00
Workout in campus rec center (weights).
11:00
Road or mountain bike ride if weather allows.
1:00
Lunch.
2:00
Respond to emails and phone calls.
4:00
Attend Geography seminar - held every Tuesday at 4 p.m. (our department also holds Geology seminars every Thursday at 4 p.m.).
5:00
Try to get research or writing done, depending on deadlines.

Wednesday

Dawn on the beach with her dog Lydia.

Rest day from gym workout out in campus rec center.

9:30
Respond to emails and phone calls.
11:00
Teach Honors section of an Introductory Oceanography class (lasts 50 minutes, 6 students).
12:00
Respond to emails and lunch.
1:00
Teach regular Introductory Oceanography class (lasts 50 minutes, 250 students).
2:00
Office hour.
3:00
Attend Geoscience faculty or committee meeting. Scientists in the department meet to talk about departmental issues every month on Wednesdays for a faculty meeting, or on other Wednesdays for various committee meetings (depending on the need).
5:00
Take dog for a walk.
5:30
Prepare for evening lecture.
6:00
Teach Advanced Geographic Information Systems class, discussion sessions outside on the grass if weather allows (lasts an hour and a half, 25 students).
7:30
Prepare lectures/activities for next classes and/or try to get research or writing done, depending on deadlines.

Thursday

Marine and Coastal GIS poster outside Dawn's office.

10:00
Workout in campus rec center (weights).
11:00
Teach Honors Oceanography lab (lasts 2 hours).
1:00 - 2:00
Lunch. Respond to emails and phone calls.
4:00
Work on web sites and logistics for an upcoming national conference of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS, http://www.ucgis.org). Dawn is the local arrangements chair for the conference and serves as a delegate, communications chair, and education committee member for the UCGIS.
5:00
Meeting in Dawn's lab, Davey Jones Locker, with all her graduate students to track their progress and address any of their questions or concerns. Cookies and/or chips and salsa.
6:00
Respond to emails, try to get research or writing done.

Friday

Dawn on her bicycle.

9:00
Workout out in campus rec center (weights and exercise bike).
10:15
Respond to emails and phone calls.
11:00
Teach Honors section of an Introductory Oceanography class (lasts 50 minutes, 6 students).
12:00
Respond to emails.
1:00
Teach regular Introductory Oceanography class.
2:00
Lunch and take dog for walk.
3:00
Work on research proposals in progress so Dawn can go on more expeditions and do more neat research.
4:00
Attend a staff meeting for Virtual Oregon, a new project that Dawn is leading to establish a data center at Oregon State for natural resources and environmental data of Oregon (including oceanographic data off the Oregon coast).
8:00
Attend a movie or community discussion group in Corvallis. Dawn enjoys watching independent films and discussing them afterwards with a group at the Logos House Christian Student Center, or participating in discussions about challenges to women and minorities as part of the community lecture series called "Beyond Black History Month".

Dawn Wright

  • Professor, Department of Geosciences
  • Oregon State University

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