ICMGP mercury conference paper

I will be presenting a paper (as a tlak) at the 10th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) at the Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

G. Kos, A. Ryzhkov and A. Dastoor,
Analysis of Uncertainties in Measurements and Model for Oxidised and Particle-bound Mercury

Abstract: Hg2011-a558
Session: S3(II) The North American mercury speciation networks: Analysis and modeling results
Date & Time: Friday, July 29, 2011; 11:30-11:45

I will present a summary of measurement and model-related uncertainties together with modified GRAHM model runs and a comparison with observations from AMNet and Canadian mercury speciation instruments at different sites in the US and Canada.

Teaching Week 3

… and it is going well. Both sections – day and evening – are fun to teach with slightly different challenges. The day class is quite full with 60+ students and interaction is more limited compared to the evening section, although I try keeping students involved. The evening class with < 30 students feels more cozy and it is easier to ask somebody out to the board to present in class assignment results.About 80% of the time I work on calculations on the board or explain fundamental equations with examples and exercises. That is quite new to me and I am more and more comfortable writing on the board, although I still have trouble sometimes in locating an orthographic error, especially if a student’s comment was rather vague.I now use the slides as a framework with the most important information presented in condensed form. After this initial presentation I go into the details with sample calculations and examples. A parallel presentation as initially planned does not work, because the canvas covers most of the board and I cannot switch between the two without turning off the projector and removing the canvas. The solution that I use now works fine anyway and slides play a minor role anyway, mostly reducing the number of complex drawings.The first graded assignment is out and due next Wednesday – a lot of work ahead with 110 corrections to do.

Deadline approaching quickly

… and I am still working. My flight to San Francisco is on Dec 9 and until then my poster and oral presentation for the AGU Fall Meeting have to be ready. The poster, which I have put together with a co-worker went to the printer today and should be ready by Friday.

We will present VOC data and bacteria/fungi data for urban and Arctic sites – an exciting topic, because we are in the process of identifying micro-organisms from snow and air that I have collected in the Arctic in Alert.

After days and days and more evenings of data analysis, I am also getting close to finish my talk. The framework is done – only suitble plots of the results have to be included. The data looks good – all that has to be done is to put it in a a presentable format. For a while now I have been using plot, which makes nice and easy to configure 2D graphs. I can easily add, remove and merge data and decide, which data is best to include.

I prepared my presentation in LaTeX Beamer, which is so much more convenient than Powerpoint. The output file is in pdf format, so there is no hassle with different platforms.

It has been a bit stressful in the past couple of weeks, but finally I see the fruit of all the work that I have done and I am looking forward to a good meeting.