Tuesday, February 26, 2013

getting a little excited!

T - 15 days until Washington DC. This girl is getting pretty excited. I just looked up how close my hotel is from everything, and I'm feeling like I have a pretty great location. 2 weeks!!!!!!

Arts & Culture

  • The Phillips Collection  0.1 km/0.1 miles
  • National Geographic Museum  1.0 km/0.6 miles
  • Washington Monument  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Smithsonian Institute  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • National Gallery of Art  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art  1.8 km/1.1 miles
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts  1.9 km/1.2 miles
  • Lincoln Memorial  2.4 km/1.5 miles
  • International Spy Museum  2.6 km/1.6 miles
  • National Museum of Natural History  2.9 km/1.8 miles
  • National Museum of African Art  3.1 km/1.9 miles
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  3.2 km/2.0 miles
  • Arlington National Cemetery  4.8 km/3.0 miles


  • George Washington University Hospital  1.5 km/0.9 miles
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Georgetown University Hospital  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • George Washington University  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Georgetown University  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Washington National Cathedral  3.1 km/1.9 miles
  • Howard University  3.2 km/2.0 miles
  • University of the District of Columbia  3.2 km/2.0 miles
  • Washington Hospital Center  4.7 km/2.9 miles
  • American University  4.8 km/3.0 miles
  • Sibley Hospital  7.2 km/4.5 miles

Corporate Offices

  • Dupont Circle  0.2 km/0.1 miles
  • The Advisory Board  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Deloitte  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Akin Gump  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Marsh Inc.  0.8 km/0.5 miles
  • McKinsey  0.8 km/0.5 miles
  • The World Bank  1.5 km/0.9 miles
  • International Monetary Fund  1.5 km/0.9 miles
  • Danaher Corporation  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Allied Capital  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Accenture  1.8 km/1.1 miles
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers  2.3 km/1.4 miles
  • Ernst & Young  2.7 km/1.7 miles
  • Fannie Mae  3.2 km/2.0 miles
  • Blackboard Inc.  3.2 km/2.0 miles
  • Carlyle Group  3.4 km/2.1 miles
  • Corporate Executive Board  3.9 km/2.4 miles

Government Offices

  • Embassy Row  0.0 km/0.0 miles
  • Portuguese Embassy  0.1 km/0.1 miles
  • Embassy of Sudan  0.1 km/0.1 miles
  • Greek Embassy  0.1 km/0.1 miles
  • Indonesian Embassy  0.1 km/0.1 miles
  • Gabon Embassy  0.2 km/0.1 miles
  • Embassy of Luxemburg  0.2 km/0.1 miles
  • Embassy of Estonia  0.2 km/0.1 miles
  • Dominican Republic Embassy  0.2 km/0.1 miles
  • Embassy of Morocco  0.2 km/0.1 miles
  • Togo Embassy  0.2 km/0.1 miles
  • Embassy of Cyprus  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Latvian Embassy  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Embassy of Georgia  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Armenian Embassy  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Costa Rican Embassy  0.3 km/0.2 miles
  • Egyptian Embassy  0.5 km/0.3 miles
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany  0.5 km/0.3 miles
  • Haiti Embassy  0.5 km/0.3 miles
  • Embassy of South Korea  0.5 km/0.3 miles
  • Argentinean Embassy  0.5 km/0.3 miles
  • The White House  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Capitol Hill  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Bolling Air Force Base  14.5 km/9.0 miles
  • Andrews Air Force Base  24.1 km/15.0 miles

Local Attractions

  • Kennedy Center  1.6 km/1.0 miles
  • Congressional Country Club  14.6 km/9.1 miles


  • Metro Station  0.2 km/0.1 miles

Thursday, February 21, 2013

first rejection

Today I officially got my first rejection! Why didn't they want me? Because I am LDS! (They are a Baptist university and apparently want someone whose faith aligns more closely with theirs.) Haha, if I'm going to get rejected, at least it's for a reason I'm proud of right??

being productive and APPLYING

6 hours

27 potential jobs found

2 gogurts

1 cute little cup of applesauce

3 personalized cover letters

1 peanut butter sandwich

3 COMPLETED applications :)

1 tired Liz

This is the longest I've been super productive without getting distracted in a LONG time. Blog-worthy.

Did I mention I arrived in the lab at 6:50 am this morning? Miracles do happen people.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Copacabana Night!

I love my calling. For reals. I am super happy today because last night's activity was an epic success. I would say reality was even better than the vision I'd had in my head.

Copacabana Night!
*Frank Sinatra
*40's-style formal wear
*cheese and crackers
*italian sodas
*live music by three fantastically-talented singers in our ward (Frank Sinatra style)
*swing dancing
*dice and card games, bingo
*green visors
*good times :)

 (Tracy can you send me that one of me and you?)

Secretly my favorite activity I've planned so far...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Let it be known that I, Liz Gibbons, will be giving up the snooze button for Lent 2013. That's right...when I set an alarm, I vow to wake up at the time I planned rather than sleeping for 5 more cycles of 5 minutes at a time (which isn't restful anyway). Hopefully, this will give me more time in the morning for scripture study and exercise and help me prepare for Easter. So from now until March 30, I will be super responsible. I'm pretty excited about it.

Monday, February 11, 2013



*1 plane ticket from Seattle to Washington DC
*1 plane ticket from Washington DC to Salt Lake City

(The best purchases are those that will be reimbursed...let's be honest.)

Oh...did I mention I get to go to Seattle for almost a week with friends in March? And did I mention I will head straight from that excursion to DC for a 2nd interview for a position as an Assistant Professor of Biology? (When did I grow up?) Oh...and did I mention the job interview in DC is actually for a university in KAZAKHSTAN?


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

more Philly

2 more highlights from Philadelphia 2013:



Monday, February 4, 2013


I am currently in Philadelphia for the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting. Translation: a bunch of scientists from all over the world gather to present their research to each other. Secret confession: I LOVE IT. This is my fifth year attending (see this post, and this one, and this one, and one more) and it's fun to see my progress since 2008. I understand a lot more, I feel more like an equal with the professionals, and I even have friends I recognize every year! I present my poster tomorrow, but I thought I'd share some pics of our sight-seeing adventure today! Dr. Bell, Alyssa, and I walked in the bitter cold (only about a half mile from our hotel) to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were drafted. It got me all fired up about US History and made me want to read some good books about it.

I've also loved staying right next to the Reading Terminal Market! There are sooo many places to eat (Mexican, Chinese, Sushi, Greek, even the Amish are here!), jewelry shops, bakeries, flower shops, and fresh produce (where the man gave us a discount because we are students...awesome). It reminds me of a mix between Pike's Place in Seattle and indoor renoks (spelling??) in Russia! LOVE IT.

Also, I've loved hanging out with Alyssa! We even got free matching t-shirts because we're cool like that.

Riding the subway to church on Sunday and discussing research ideas with Dr. Bell have also been favorites! Once again, I've realized how much I LOVE visiting big cities and how much I do not want to live in one haha. I do love visiting though. I love seeing the sights and getting a feel for the city's personality. Also, my favorite part of some of these cities back east is how you will have these BEAUTIFUL old buildings mixed in with the new ones downtown. Favorite.