Calendar

Monday

Claudia with members of her laboratory.

8:00
Drop my son off at Daycare.
8:20
After spending 10 minutes looking for parking (USC parking is currently being renovated), I get to work and check my email and phone messages.
10:30
My technician arrives and we discuss data and the next course of action for a number of sampling projects.
11:00
I prepare this week's lectures for my graduate level Environmental Radiochemistry Course (13 students), First time teaching is a lot of work!
12:00-1:00
Go swimming at lunch.
1:00
Continue preparing lectures.
3:30
Attend Geology seminar.
4:30
Talk with seminar speaker and colleagues, and finish up any last minute details.
5:30
Pick-up my son from Daycare
6:00
Talk to my husband about the day while playing with my son. Eat dinner and give my son a bath.
8:00
Watch "SpongeBobSquarePants" with the family.
8:15
Read story books to my son and put him to bed.
8:30-9:00
Relax!

Tuesday

Claudia at a scientific meeting with her student in front of the student's science poster.

8:00
Drop my son off at Daycare.
8:20
Get to work and check my email and phone messages.
9:00
Grade midterm exam for Environmental Radiochemistry class and continue to prepare lectures.
12:30-1:45
Teach class.
2:00-4:00
These are my office hours. I talk with students, and discuss a research project with my SCAMP (South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation) undergraduate student.
3:00
Finish emails, make phone calls, etc.
3:45
Go to Hand Middle School with my student Lauren O'Neill to mentor a Science Quest group. The goal of this program is to involve and mentor 10-14 year olds in hands on science learning: This week we use 'SpongeBob' to demonstrate ocean pressure.
5:30
Pick-up my son from Daycare
6:00
Talk to my husband about the day while playing with my son. Eat dinner and give my son a bath.
7:00-9:00
Go to soccer practice (yes I still play).

Wednesday

Claudia working with her instruments at sea.

8:00
Drop my son off at Daycare.
8:20
Get to work and check my email and phone messages.
10:30
Discuss data and the next course of action for a number of sampling projects with my technician.
11:00
Work on paper revision.
12:00-1:00
Go swimming at lunch.
1:30-3:00
Go to graduate faculty meeting
3:00
Talk to one of my graduate students about his thesis project.
4:00
Work on revising a paper that I will submit for publication to a scientific journal.
5:30
Pick-up my son from Daycare
6:00
Talk to my husband about the day while playing with my son. Eat dinner and give my son a bath.
8:00
Watch "SpongeBobSquarePants" with the family.
8:15
Read story books to my son and put him to bed.
8:30-9:00
Continue revising paper

Thursday

A poem by one of Claudia's students.

8:00
Drop my son off at Daycare.
8:20
Get to work and check my email and phone messages.
9:00
Continuue revising paper.
12:00
Prepare for class.
12:30-1:45
Teach class.
2:00-3:00
These are my office hours. I talk with my other graduate students about their thesis projects.
3:00
Finish paper revisions and send the paper out to my co-authors for their comments.
5:30
Pick-up my son from Daycare
6:00
Talk to my husband about the day while playing with my son. Eat dinner and give my son a bath.
8:00
Watch "SpongeBobSquarePants" with the family.
8:15
Read story books to my son and put him to bed.
8:30
Read and edit graduate student #3 thesis proposal.

Friday

Claudia in her office discussing what led her to a career in science.

8:00
Drop my son off at Daycare.
8:20
Get to work and check my email and phone messages.
9:00
Discuss data and thesis proposal with graduate student #3.
10:00
Review a manuscript submitted by another scientist to a journal for publication.
2:00
Start thinking about and researching background information for the next proposal submission deadline.
3:00
Attend Marine Science seminar.
4:00
Review and revise suggested changes for our undergraduate Marine Science Program. Write new MSCI 111 syllabus (I am on the curriculum committee.
5:30
Pick-up my son from Daycare
6:00
Talk to my husband about the day while playing with my son. Eat dinner and give my son a bath.
8:00
Watch "SpongeBobSquarePants" with the family.
8:15
Read story books to my son and put him to bed.
8:30-10:00
Watch movie!

Claudia Benitez-Nelson

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Oceanography
  • University of South Carolina

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