What is the connection (whatever you can think of) between these two words – food and book?
Other than both have a double ‘o’ in them, these two things are related in such a harmonious and unexpected way in my life – at least for this coming six months.
Guess what, my final year research dissertation is on Carbon Footprinting of Food, and of course for such a module that worths 50 credits, I gotta read loads, indeed piles of books. OK, I didn’t manage to get the Nuclear Energy topic, but this one is equally interesting and guess what, it is challenging too. Since it is very, very new, all this carbon footprinting stuff, I expect to find fewer reading materials about it. Well, nobody really cares about how ethical or sustainable their eating habit is twenty years ago.
My supervisor was sorry that I could not get that title on nuclear energy (it goes to my ex-lab partner, just for your information) but to me, to get her to be my supervisor is the most important bit. Why not, she is totally impressive. With a research grant of 8.5 million pound, you cannot ask for a more knowledgeable supervisor in this area. And to continue my bragging about her- she’s invited to this environmental conference this December in Penang – to give the keynote lecture.
I guess I am so lucky.
So can you see the link? Food and book. A good combination.
Oh, yes. Include in that equation another module called ‘Book Module’ which requires me to choose a book (related to my project, or chemical engineering generally), read it, master it, write a review about it and later sit an exam in January.
The first part seems the hardest, and right now I am in the middle of choosing one book out of so many interesting titles! The list still goes on – and tomorrow I am off again to the library to borrow some other books which seem pretty good.
Dr Campbell is right – fourth year is extremely exciting!
p.s. I am going to work with a female supervisor and a female PhD student for this project. That is pretty cool.
p.p.s. My supervisor kindly asked me about the henna on the back of my left hand. My artwork seems to be noticeable eh?
p.p.p.s. Expect more entries on books after this. Books get me excited.