I am leaving for India on Friday! I am fortunate enough to be tagging along with PJC to help identify, assess, and initiate clean up of lead-acid battery sites in Chennai. I am really excited for the trip. I have always been fond of lead since my days working with U and Th (Pb is the stable daughter of these decay series) and it has a been a couple of years since I have done any environmental field work. I am really looking forward to the experience.
I leave for India the night after Thanksgiving. I can't believe how much school work I still have to finish before I leave. I haven't had too much time to worry about packing or the logistics of the 20+ hours of traveling yet. However, I was able to find time to make an appointment with a travel medicine specialist at NYPH/CUMC about 3 weeks ago to get all my vaccines. They gave me Typhoid, Hepatitis B, and a Polio booster. I had received Tdap and the flu shot at the end of the summer from my employer. The doctor gave me some antibiotics to take along should I get sick while I am traveling and on Wednesday I will start taking my malaria pills.
To learn more about why this work is important from the Blacksmith Institute (PJC's partner institution) click here.