Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Putting the "anal" in "analytic cytology"

Sometimes when you're in the middle of projects, it seems like they'll never end, but fortunately, that's (usually) just a trick of perspective. Several things are culminating this week, and frankly, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself when I'm not running in multiple directions at once. (Oh, something will happen, though, I'm sure of it...)

The data chapter in my dissertation is coming along; my advisor was pleased so far, although she wants more examples in more detail. From various papers, the other chapters are mostly written, so it's as much about compiling them as it is about writing de novo.

My business partner has seen the light--that trying to produce a full-length book in Word is extremely aggravating along not just one, but multiple, axes, and we're converting the book to LaTeX as a result, in preparation for indexing and finishing it.

I'm finishing up the Public Health Informatics course and turning in the final drafts this week, as well.

And one of the longest projects--3 years now, for me! (more for the PI)--the sun bear cytology data, is in good shape; going to hand it off to the PI on Friday. I'm especially pleased with the classifications schemata we've come up with--I did PubMed and Google searchs, and asked cyto, lab med and pathology specialists, and to the best of my knowledge, there is no standard classification schema for mucus, white blood cells, or bacteria on the slide. So we developed our own for encoding data, which--if I do say so myself--I quite like! Also, color and other categories are coming right along as well.

So I'm very tired, but also very happy this week...


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