Archive for June, 2010

The Art of Schmoozing

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

 I will admit that I find the pace that technology changes to be overwhelming.  I feel as if just yesterday updating your friends involved changing your AIM away message.  Now we have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, online newsletters, etc, etc, etc.  Information is instantaneous and not in short supply.  Luckily, despite all the new tools [...]

The Antibiotic Dilemma

Friday, June 18th, 2010

  Issues over the use of antibiotics have been raging on for years. The scientific data is complex, the economic implications are vast and public opinion is continually being molded through public relations efforts. When discussing antibiotic resistance, no one argues the phenomenon of microevolution and the impact that selection pressure has on development of [...]

Neanderthal Extern Loose in Washington, D.C!!!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Be on the look out for a Neanderthal AVMA Extern sporting a Colorado State Veterinary Medicine shoulder bag, suit and tie.  He has been seen frequently roaming the area the House and Senate buildings near the Capitol, the Library of Congress,  many of the Smithsonian museums (from which we think he escaped), the special propaganda [...]

Externs: Where Are They Now?

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

It’s amazing how life can change in just 14 months! I completed my eye-opening student externship at AVMA-GRD in March, 2009.  Graduation soon followed, and I went to work at a small animal practice in San Diego, California.  In January of this year, I was offered a unique position working for the Annenberg Foundation as [...]

Silly Calendar

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

What day is it? This calendar can’t be right. There is no way that its only Wednesday. So much has happened already this week. Last night I met my first Senator, John Thune, from South Dakota. Wait a minute…there’s a South Dakota? Who knew. But seriously, he is a Co-sponsor and lead champion of the [...]

Engage Warp Speed!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

This has been a very exciting week. I’ve been moving at Mach 2 speeds and absorbing as much information as possible. In only two days, I have had the opportunity visit with the offices of 5 different congressman.  I have also attended political action committee (PAC) events, a session on antibiotic resistance and a symposium on [...]

Navigating DC’s Historical Streets

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Someone once told me that being happy is an indication that you are living your passion. Crazy as it may seem, I am energized by debates. I am fascinated by the hearings that bring together experts from all over the world to discuss an issue. I am even inspired by activists who stand in mass [...]

An Information Addict on the Hill

Friday, June 4th, 2010

I came to Capitol Hill, barely two weeks removed from my last dose.  I felt like most of it had cleared my system and I was ready for a long, relaxing summer.  I tried to mask my recovery with a couple of new suits and a professional attitude, but once I got to the Hill, I just couldn’t resist.  [...]