see you, mike
today mike massoglia defended a spine-crushingly good dissertation on the health consequences of incarceration. he leaves for the pennsylvania state university next week, where he will surely bring glory to the sociology department, the crime, law, and justice department, and the PSU softball team.
i'm always happy to see grad students finish and get jobs, but have learned the past few years how much i'll miss having true friends and colleagues around for conversations. oh sure, it is great for them, but what about my needs? when melissa left for portland, i stopped by her empty office for weeks. how could she leave me during baseball season? with the twins in a pennant race, no less. amy and jeremy both left huge voids. we still cook up long-distance projects together, but i miss the day-to-day conversations. amy talked running and patiently taught me a little soc of gender. jer would give me a heads-up on crim literature and slide me an old husker du tape or supersuckers tickets when we both needed a break.
there's talk of darren accepting an offer soon, but at least he'll be here through summer. mike is leaving now, however, and the loss of dr. massoglia will certainly be profound. in fact, he claims to be the time-varying-covariate responsible for whatever research productivity i've had in the seven years since his arrival at the minnversity. he's got a point: i published virtually nothing before he arrived, a fair amount during his time here, and now, who knows? fortunately, other smart and interesting minngrads are writing spine-crushingly good dissertations right now.