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Grab your permission slip and a sack lunch, because it’s time for a field trip!

In the last few weeks, my group at work has taken two trips to visit other research labs in the DC area. Visiting the lab of a fellow researcher is pretty standard practice in physics. If you’re in town for a meeting, you might call up someone you knew in grad school or who is doing work related to yours and stop by and chat about their work. You usually learn something new about a different topic and also trade advice and tips on the gritty details of experimental physics. There are plenty of research establishments in the DC area doing work that’s tangentially related to ours, so when some recent opportunities to go visit a couple of labs arose, our group decided to pay them a visit.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo. I don’t really understand why Americans celebrate this holiday so fervently, though I suspect the reason somehow involves tequila. And I hope you had a great Star Wars Day yesterday (May the Fourth be with you). All these recent festive days remind me that it’s already May, and this year is already 1/3 over! I didn’t make a specific monthly challenge for May, but I plan to keep up with some previous goals, focus on finishing up some projects around the house, and having some fun, too.
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