Monday, November 22, 2010

5 days until I leave for India!

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.

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