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An Announcement, or, “Is there a doctor in the house?”

July 2, 2010

This is really more of a Sunday Salon-type post, but I just couldn’t wait…


So, in case you didn’t figure it out (or couldn’t see the video), I’m now a doctor! (of philosophy, so: no, I don’t know why you have that rash.) Actually, I’m technically not quite a doctor; the degree is pending me writing a brief summary chapter, which is something that I had wanted to do anyways but didn’t have time to get to. But still… hooray!

The defense went really smoothly; my talk went off without a hitch (as well it should, given how many times I’ve practiced it in the past month), and the defense part was not so much my committee grilling me with tough questions as it was my committee sitting around and chatting with me and with each other about my data, and about what I should do with it next. The post-defense party was an excellent time as well (although oh my god so many leftover burritos.)

I don’t know that it’s entirely sank in yet that I’m (essentially) done. Turning in the written dissertation was the big deal, and the huge relief once it was done; all the rest has been a piece of cake compared to that. Still, I suppose I should let it sit for at least 24 hours before deciding whether or not I feel any different. :)

But, I am certainly still celebrating! And as part of that celebration, I’m holding a giveaway, so y’all can celebrate with me. I’m giving away two books (to two winners): one non-fiction biology book, and one fiction book that has a heavy focus on biology! I suppose I should give away one book for every year it took me to finish my Ph.D., but… that’s a lot of books, and I’m still technically a poor grad student. :)

I’ve compiled some lists below of books that are either mating-behavior- or general-evolution-related, books that I enjoyed and that I would recommend. I am amenable to other suggestions, though.



  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Peeps or Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett
  • The Darwin Conspiracy by John Darnton
  • To Enter:
    1. Leave a comment with your picks from one or both lists.
    2. Make sure that the e-mail you enter in the e-mail box on the form below is a functional address that you check regularly. (No need to put your address in the text of the comment itself.)
    3. I’ll announce winners a week from Sunday (so, entries in by 10 July 2010.)
    4. Open internationally.
    5. Celebrate!

    27 Comments leave one →
    1. July 2, 2010 3:39 pm

      I’ll say “The Darwin Conspiracy.”

    2. July 2, 2010 3:40 pm

      And I meant to also say, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    3. July 2, 2010 3:44 pm

      Woo hoo! Congratulations!!

    4. July 2, 2010 3:47 pm

      CONGRATS on the huge accomplishment!!:)

    5. July 2, 2010 4:20 pm

      What a wonderful thing! I know you are so proud and you should be. Congrats!!

      I’ve always meant to read SHIP FEVER by Andrea Barrett, so I’ll say that one.

    6. July 2, 2010 4:37 pm

      Congratulations! :D

      I’d love to be entered for Leviathan.

    7. Bronwyn permalink
      July 2, 2010 5:10 pm

      Hey, congratulations, Doctor!

    8. July 2, 2010 5:23 pm

      Congratulations, Dr. Fyrefly! What a tremendous accomplishment. We’re so proud of you!

      (No need to enter me in the giveaway. Just wanted to extend my congrats.)

    9. July 2, 2010 5:31 pm


      I’ll go for Ship Fever, it seems very good.

    10. July 2, 2010 5:31 pm

      Congratulations!! Yay for you! And because I respect your doctorly authority, I will trust your judgment and pick the Olivia Judson book. :p bastet57 AT gmail DOT com

    11. drbethnolan permalink
      July 2, 2010 7:05 pm

      CONGRATS!!! :)

    12. July 2, 2010 7:57 pm


    13. July 2, 2010 9:28 pm

      Congratulations. That’s an awesome accomplishment. I lurk more than anything but have been following your progress. No need to enter me in your giveaway.

    14. July 2, 2010 10:21 pm

      No need to enter me in the giveaway, but I did want to stop by to tell you: WAY TO GO!!!!!!

    15. July 2, 2010 10:35 pm

      Congratulations! What an accomplishment.

    16. July 3, 2010 12:27 am

      No need to enter me, but wanted to say congratulations! That is such a huge accomplishment – you deserve to be so proud of yourself. :)

    17. July 3, 2010 5:31 am

      Congratulations, Dr. Nicki!

      (No need to enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted to say, “Horray!”)

    18. July 3, 2010 10:18 am

      Congrats! *happy dance*

      You can put me down for Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, it looks great.

      But mostly, Congratulations!

    19. July 3, 2010 12:42 pm

      That is so wonderful–congratulations!!!

    20. July 3, 2010 2:06 pm

      Congratulations!! What an achievement – you must be so pleased!

    21. July 3, 2010 7:21 pm

      First of all…CONGRATULATIONS (as my screams are lost in the crowd cheering you on!). That is a huge accomplishment and darn tootin’ you should feel different…you should feel awesome to the 10th power. :)

      As far as the giveaway goes…you could slot me in for “Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation” by Olivia Judson (that title is simply titillating) and “The Darwin Conspiracy” by John Darnton.

    22. July 4, 2010 5:19 pm

      congratulations! What an achievement!

    23. July 5, 2010 6:07 am

      Congratulations Doctor! and so, what IS next?

      I would be excited to read the Judson or the one on Promiscuity and LOVE the title to the Headless Males book so I’m intrigued.

      WOO HOO!

      • July 6, 2010 9:54 am

        and so, what IS next?

        I’m still working on that part. Know any biologists with available grant money who are looking to hire a postdoc who likes terrible fantasy novels?

    24. July 5, 2010 10:22 pm

      Congratulations, Dr. Fyrefly!!! Celebrate is right. You need to celebrate for the entire summer!

    25. July 6, 2010 7:34 pm

      Congrats!! What a huge accomplishment. I’ll take you advice and ask for “Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation.”

    26. July 9, 2010 12:40 pm

      Just chiming in with the congratulations!

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