Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paging Dr. Hill

Joshua (of course) passed his Dissertation Defense last Friday. Several people have asked me what he's getting a PhD in--he's in the molecular and microbial pathogenesis department. Then they ask what's that (it's microbiology that specifically pertains to things that make people sick). I've also been asked what his dissertation was on--the title was "Modulation of Polymorphonuclear Leukocyte Function During Coxiella burnetii Infection". That means he's been studying the bacteria that causes a disease called Q Fever and how it keeps a certain type of white blood cell from effectively attacking it. He'll be staying in his lab as a post-doc for a little while, then move on to the post-doc position he's already been offered at Rocky Mountain Labs.

Friday afternoon, Josh's mom showed up to surprise us ("surprise" is a bit of an understatement, she lives 1200 miles away!). It was great to see her and as an added bonus, we had a whole weekend of free baby-sitting! We managed to make it out to three movies in one weekend, which I believe is more than we've seen together in the last 5 years.

The next few months will move quickly, lots of changes around here as we prepare to move and start a new stage in our lives!!


One Acre Homestead said...

Congrats, Dr. Hill!!! I pray that all the transitions are smooth for your sweet family!

Rachel said...

Congratulations, Josh (and Kimberly!) It's hard to believe that he is done and you are moving on to the next phase.

Casey, Alicia, and Ada said...

That is so amazing!!! Congrats!

Saw on your Facebook that you guys saw Avatar that weekend- wasn't it amazing!? I thought it was just the most brilliant idea, concept, project, film, etc EVER.

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