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A surreal afternoon

Friday, February 01, 2013

My DS is in grad school working toward his PhD in Biochemistry.

Today, as a part of his requirements, he had to deliver a 50 minute-long presentation to the rest of the grad students and professors (about 80 people) on the topic of Nitrous Oxide - it's history, the way it behave with other compounds, it's effects on mammals' bodies and it's application to the scientific and medical world.

He invited my DH and I to attend. Parents are not usually in attendance, but he wanted us to be there. I could not have been more proud.

Although the subject matter was mostly way above my head (I'm no dummy, but the terminology and jargon are so specific it blew my mind), I was blown away by his ease in speaking to the crowd - his poise and mastery of the subject, his ability to keep the audience with him.

Also, we got to meet his mentor professor, who told us what a valuable student DS is and how much responsibility he gives him. You just don't get many days like this.
I'm just about bursting with science geek pride...
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    Awesome Job by your son!!!
    1901 days ago
    Oh that is so nice! I get that feeling seeing my daughter embark on her college studies and being so independent. You helped create that!! Geek on!

    1902 days ago
    You absolutely SHOULD be proud!
    1904 days ago
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    Great to come out the other end and get such compliments about your son - Job well done!
    1904 days ago
    emoticon glad you had a proud Mama (proud parent) time w/your DS! About all I could tell you about Nitrous Oxide is it makes me laugh!

    HUGS and hope there's many more proud moments yet to come with your DS!
    1904 days ago
    Oh, how cool! So neat that you got to be there for him.
    1904 days ago
    Congratulations to you and yours. I teach at a university so I can appreciate well how thoroughly your son had to prepare to deliver a quality talk before an audience of his peers and faculty. What a compliment that he asked you and your husband to attend. This was clearly a very special day for him, and it's great he shared it with you. So glad you got to meet his mentor. A great memory all around.
    1905 days ago
    My DS is 7 years old. He wants to a vertabrate paleontologist when he grows up and will proudly state that he loves being a science nerd. I only hope he feels the same way when he is 17! Congratulations
    1905 days ago
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