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Allison Gregg Allison Gregg
Univ. Of Louisville, KY

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Where are they now?

Allison (Gregg) Hoffman—2004 SPS Intern
Entry posted July 8, 2008

Hey all! After my great experience with the internship program, I took a year off form school. In 2005 I went back to the University of Louisville and got my M.A.T. (Masters of Arts in Teaching). In the spring of 2007, I started my student teaching at Seneca High School here in Louisville and was hired on over the summer. I just finished my first year of teaching Physics and Integrated Science. Next year, I'm starting an Astronomy elective. Kinda scared about the new venture, but it should be fun. We have some cool collaborations between UofL and Australia that will hopefully make the class a big hit. Fingers crossed!

In my personal life, I married Nik last year. We went to Rome for our honeymoon. It was amazing! We celebrated our 1 year anniversary two weeks ago. We bought a house 6 months ago and are loving spending my whole paycheck on fixing it up:)

Until later...

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July 30 , 2004

Week Eight

So the last week of the internship was fast. It was a lot of finishing up work, and a lot of getting ready for Sacramento. I mailed a ton of clothes home, which was a good thing because I still had to stuff the suitcases that I had.

I had a great time in Sacramento. I went out to Old Sacramento on Saturday. It was just old looking buildings with moderns stores. Big tourist attraction. Other than That I pretty much hung out on the campus. It was a HUGE campus, but really pretty. I had my poster session on Sunday evening and it went well, I think. Ted from NSF kinda rattled me with his "you have 30 seconds to sell this...GO!" Other than that, I think I did a good job. Monday, I went to the talks about the NSDL. It was interesting. Then I went back to the dorm for a bit until 9:00 when they had the star gazing up on the roof of one of the buildings. It was a nice little set up, although it wasn't in the greatest location. There was this guy David, who I'd seen around the campus over the weekend. He was kinda cute and was flirting pretty hard, and I didn't have the heart to tell him I had a serious boyfriend. :) Sorry, David.

Monday I had to pack up and head back to DC...Not without a few major headaches provided by America West Airline!! My connection was going to be late in Phoenix, so they had to put me on another airline. I had left the dorm at 10:00 for my 12:30 flight and now I wasn't flying out until 2:30. I didn't get in until after midnight and still had to pack up 2 months worth of dorm living. Liz told me I'm High maintainance...probably right, I just couldn't spent 2 months in an empty room. I'd have gone crazy. So my room was a disaster. I was up till 4am packing and got up at 7am to finish...I cut it close. Brett and I went to the airport together since we were the only ones flying out of BWI. Of course, right as they get ready to board my flight, it starts raining, so we're delayed about an hour. I didn't get home until about 10:30 or so. But it was good to be home.

I had a really great summer...probably the best I've ever had! I got to meet some great, great people and make friendships that I hope will last a long time! I got to work with an amazing group of people and hope that we will keep in touch in the future. I had a great experience stepping outside my safe life in Louisville into a completely different world. I wouldn't have changed that for anything!

This is Allison, signing off....

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Date: July 23, 2004

Week Seven

It's Monday again. Last week was really busy. I finalized the metadata, finally!! I finished up my "first draft" of my presentation, and worked on my poster. It's 99% finished and then I have to get it printed by Thursday night.

Last Thursday, we had the rehearsal for our presentations, and it went really well. We got really good feedback, and nobody's presentation sucked, so that's always good. I have to make a few more changes to it today and finish the poster. It just has to be done today! I have to get that thing to Kinko's and printed.

Also on Thursday we went to NASA. It was great! Our first tour guy was awesome. We got to see all kinds of cool stuff, like a satellite that is supposed to be shipped to Cape Canaveral this week and launched in October. Then we got to gown up and go into a cleaning room. My hood was way too tight for my big fat head, so that wasn't fun, but overall I had a great day. Like a kid in a candy store! It's funny, but my horoscope in the Express that morning said something to the effect of "things that happen today will re-enforce your dreams" or something like that. How true, how true!

So this weekend was good too. Saturday I had to ride out to ACP to get the floppy disk that I left when I rushed out to catch the shuttle. Did you know that I don't have access on the weekends. I didn't. I had to have the security guard let me in and he had to follow me upstairs, since my pass key wouldn't let me in anywhere. Thank you, Mr Security Guard! Then Saturday night, we went to Gary White's house and had a cook out and kicked around the soccer ball. Those little kids wore me out! Fun Fun Fun!

Sunday was lazy. Got up, went to mass, swung passed Pentagon City, did ton and tons of laundry, cooked spaghetti for Heather and Matt, worked on my poster, and went to bed. Exciting huh?

So now it's Monday. my last day of actual being-in-the-office work is this Friday (I'll give you a second to grab a Kleenex) I leave after lunch Friday to head to Sacramento, and then I get back Tuesday night. Not entirely sure why I'm flying out Friday instead of Saturday, since I'm not going to any of the workshops Saturday. Oh well.

Well I better get to work. Lots to do, lots to do! Until later...

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Date: July 16, 2004

Week Six

Wow, only two weeks left. My how time flies when you have to get meta data finished at the last minute. It's hard to believe that we only have two weeks left and our final presentations have to be done in less than a week! Oh gosh So lets see, what happened this week?

This week at work has been moderately productive. Monday and Tuesday I worked on my final presentation and Sacramento Poster a bit. We had a meeting with Dave Donnelly and the other comPADRE gang and discussed what we want to see in the student lounge of comPADRE and other stuff. Wednesday was a short day. I got some metadata stuff done, and then me, matt, heather, KB, Brett, and Christine went to a Senate hearing on Adult Stem Cell Research. It was, er, interesting. Some of the senators were grilling the scientists and doctors on their ethics and morals...hmm? Anyway.

Thursday was an even shorter day. I got some more metadata done, had another meeting with comPADRE people, and then left to go to NIST. It was pretty neat. Lots of big underground buildings, clean rooms, nanowires.

Today, I got a lot of work done!! Yeah for me! I finished one round of metadata graphing, and the second round (lots bigger) I'm going to work on over the weekend a bit and finish it up! Monday. Tuesday I'm going to start revising the analysis with the new information and try to finish my final presentation. Wednesday, it has to be done, so that's my only focus on wed.

As for outside of work. I haven't done anything this week. I've hung out in my room all week! What a bore I am :( I've read more Harry Potter, done laundry and generally sat around. Not exciting, but when I get home from work or field trips, I'm just wiped and want to just sit around. I think maybe this weekend, at the recommendation of Kim and Lyle, I'll go to the Spy Museum. We'll see. I need to do a little work this weekend, otherwise, I think I'll be crying later :)

Well that's all for this week. Until later...

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Date: July 9, 2004

Fifth Week

Ok, so I'm the big slacker this week and didn't post my journal entry until today, Monday. This weekend was a bit busy, but I'll get to that later.

Lets see, how was last week?

Last weekend was not too terribly exciting. Laundry and cleaning filled most of my afternoons. Matt, Anthony and I went and saw Spiderman 2 on Friday, Saturday involved nothing great. Went to Ruby Tuesdays for Lunch/Dinner, then watched Monster with Matt, Heather and her b/f who was in town. Sunday, Matt and I went and saw Harry Potter 2. It wasn't as good as the book, but still good. That night we went and saw the fireworks down on the Mall for July 4. They were pretty good. Don't quite compare to Thunder over Louisville, but still a great display!

Monday was our day off. I did laundry and went to Pentagon City and bought a pair of jeans. Crazy ordeals with the clerk ensues. ::Sigh::

Tuesday, I went back to work. I worked on the Metadata a little more. I started my poster for Sacramento and Power Point presentation for the final intern presentation. I stayed until 5:30 all week so that I could leave on Friday at noon, so I worked on some odds and ends until 5:30.

Wednesday, more of the same. I worked on the UofL stuff for the featured chapter. Lucky that I just happen to have been a member of said chapter; lazy adviser. As if vacationing is an excuse for anything :) Metadata...I constantly swear I'm going to finish. It's just long and unexciting. I also made my nifty animated ComPADRE icon. Went home, made a cake, played starcraft, talked to Nik, went to bed.

Thursday, I worked on more myriad tasks in the morning, and then worked on the thumbnails for the textbook site in the afternoon until 5:30. Got home, iced the cake, had a fight with a huge roach, and heard from Nik that he missed the bus in Cinci due to traffic leaving Louisville. By then it was midnight, so I went to bed.

Friday, the big day! I got to work unhumanly early (7:45), checked email, posted in the Nucleus, and got stuff ready for the AIP staff meeting at 9:00. We (the interns) pretty much sat there with nothing to talk about, but then they wanted us to talk about some of the things we've been up to. We were there until about 11:00. I came back upstairs, and finished and send off the thumbnails for textbooks to Lyle. Then it was almost 12:00 and time for pizza at AIP. I had some Pizza and went home. Not bad for a days work...journaling, staff meeting, work for 45 minutes, eat pizza, leave at noon. Now comes my exciting weekend!

Nik got in town around 4:00. I met him at Union Station...he brought me most beautiful white roses. He told me they (the bus) had been hit by a drunk driver while they were on the road...He had the craziest trip! We went back to the dorm and hung out there for a bit. Around 6:00 we went to Georgetown and walked around there looking for a steak place. We found one, steak was ok. Then we walked down to the movie theater, bought tickets to the 11:40 showing of the Notebook. We went back to the dorm (since it was only 8:00) planned on taking a nap until 10, so we could get up and head back to the theater, but the alarm never went off and we missed the show. $13 down the drain...oh well.

Saturday, we went to the US Holocaust Museum. That place was crazy...really disturbing, but very well done. We were there most of the day. We headed to Pentagon City and got some chicken fixins and had the best dinner...mmmm mmmm. After dinner we went back to the theater and finally saw The Notebook (ladies, take a kleenex). Great movie!!

Sunday, we went to the Air & Space Museum, noon Mass at the Basilica, back to Air & Space, then to the American History Museum. By the time we were done, it was almost 6:30, so we headed home. We ordered chinese and watched the Count of Monte Cristo. Then, time for bed.

He left EARLY this morning. We're talking he had to wait for the metro to open. I walked him to the stop, then went back to bed. I'm pretty sleepy today, but it was a great weekend. I'm glad he came to visit me :)

Ok that was my week. Maybe next time I won't be such a slacker and get my entry in on time :)

Until later...

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Date: July 2, 2004

Fourth Week

So this has been a week! Not an exciting week, not a boring week.

Last weekend was a lazy weekend. I did laundry, sat around and watched MTV reality shows all weekend. I think I watched the whole season of Real World last Saturday. How's that for productive? Same thing on Sunday, except I went out to Georgetown with Joe, KB and Matt for a bit. Monday, I decided I was going to cook for everyone...and by Everyone, I mean Joe, Matt and KB. I fixed Rotini with meat sauce and garlic bread. Yummy!! Every other night has either been Pentagon City, or reading. I'm a big nerd!

This week was not too bad at work. Metadata checking is the most boring thing ever!! Don't get me wrong, I love working here and surfing the web, but this is just ehh, not the most exciting surfing. I'd be content hammering on codes and web pages all day. ComPADRE should just give me a job where all I do is post on discussion forums all day. And pay me $100/hour. Yeah, and then I'd wake up and be behind the counter at Winn-Dixie saying "Ron, I need a clean-up in aisle 5."

What else did I do this week? We ordered the shirt for Sacramento. We are rolling out the new sites and redesigns soon, so I've been beating on those, finding problems and telling Thad to fix them. I've written up an abstract for the Poster Session in Sacramento (speaking of which, remind me to submit that before I leave work today). I worked on a powerpoint presentation for the session too. I like it. Other than not too much this week. I stole the camera from Tracy, so I'll hopefully have some cool pics of July 4th to post next week.

I finished reading "Hitchikers Guide..." and started reading the 3rd Harry Potter book. I Started it Wednesday and I'm already over halfway done. Good for me! I've read more books this summer than I've read since High School, and those were all Cliffs Notes.

Ok, so I better go. I'm here at work later than I need to be, on a Friday no less, and that is just wrong.

Oh, yeah...abstract, don't forget!

Until next week...

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Date: June 25, 2004

Third Week

So this is week 3. I guess it's flying by too fast.

This week has been relatively uneventful, with a few events thrown in just for fun.

Friday night, Heather and I went out to a restaurant/bar with Chris from work and one of the interns from last year. We hung out there for a while and "walked" home later around midnight.

Saturday was Museum day with Gary and Jack and all the interns. We went and saw some pretty cool planetarium shows and walked around the Wright Bros and the Cosmology exhibits. It was fun, but lunch was expensive. Then I came home, finished reading my book, The Cobra Event, and did lots of laundry and made quesadillas.

Sunday, Heather and I went rollerblading and we had our first casualty, my butt! I was in pain when my buttocks made rapid contact with the pavement outside of Foggy Bottom. I was hurting. Then I went to church, came back and heather and I watched "The Life of David Gale". That's a great movie!

Tuesday Night, KB and I went to the CNSF event to support Heather and Matt. It was fun and met a lot of important people and learned of cool programs.

Over the week, work was eh, ok. I finished the analysis paper for now...Finally! Then my next project: Look at other sites and see if ours is like theirs...not too exciting staring at the screen all day.

I got to help order the T-shirts for ComPADRE for the Sacramento trip. Speaking of Sacramento...I'm going and participating in a poster session!! I'm excited!!!!!

Not much else this week that I can think of.

Oh yeah, I made my dad's famous chicken recipe. Yummy.

And yesterday, the Orange and Blue Lines were delayed and when they finally started again, it was madness! Too many People. I went home and slept from 6:30p-6:00a, give or take an hour. I needed it!

So now I'm off to watch a movie across the hall. Until next week... -al



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Date: June 18, 2004

Second Week

So this week has been work-filled. I pretty much worked on the written analysis for the ComPADRE survey that I did. There's a lot of data, and I'm finally able to see it all...correctly! I've done a few drafts and I keep getting really good feedback from people, and that helps a lot. Today, I worked on the aggregates for the PSRC "Search Option". Finding cool things to include in the analysis, which should be done monday ::fingers crossed:: I'm thinking this is taking me too long, I dunno.

As for outside of work, nothing too exciting this week. I spent a lot of money last weekend, so hopefully my paycheck made it home safely so I can get some more cash in my account. Otherwise, I'll be broke. I need to watch it! It's easy to go crazy spending $$ out here.

I had a run in with the GW Police the other day...sorta. I got home from work on Wednesday and felt like someone had broke in my room. There were drawers open and a wallet open on the bed (which might have been me, but I'm not sure). I called campus police just so I can say I reported it, even though nothing seemed to be missing. He said that Maintenance had been in there testing the fire alarm system, but my question is "WHY DO THEY NEED TO GO THROUGH MY DRAWERS?!" Craziness!

Other than that, it's been a lazy tired week, so I'm going home now. Tonight, I think I might go out with the guy that sits next to me here at work and one of the interns from last year. Could be fun, who knows. Until next week...

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Date: June 11, 2004

Week 1, Laying in State of Reagan

So, this is Journal entry number one. Where to begin? Introduction-esque: I'm Allison, but you can call me Al...Go ahead and sing; I'll wait:

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al

Well, I'm working at AAPT with the ComPADRE site, filtering through the mounds of data that have been collected since it opened. It started out kinda crazy; I had no direction really. But when I found it, look out! I must have made 50 Excel graphs over the course of Wednesday and Thursday. I'm finding some cool relationship in it to talk about at the conference call at 2:00 today, while all the other interns get the day off! Poop on them!

Everyone has been so incredibly nice here at AAPT. There's Thad, Lyle, Kim and Chris that make me feel at home and welcome, which is excellent, since I'm up here all by myself all day. I had an incident with the phones on the second day. My extension is along the phone tree loop, which rings incoming calls in a circle so the same person isn't answering all the calls. So I accidentally inserted myself into the loop and my phone rang. I figure no one outside is going to call, it must be someone that knows I'm here, so I just answer it "hello"...it wasn't for me. It rang again and thank goodness it was a wrong number. I took myself out of the loop really fast.

Outside of work, all us lonely interns hang out with each other. I think we've been, in some group or another, to the store or the mall every night since we got here to get little things we need. Even though we swear we're not going to go whatever night, we end up there somehow. It's our nightly excursion. Our greatest, for me so far, was last night/this morning. Christine, Anthony and I went down to the Laying in State of Reagan. If you don't live on Earth and don't know what's going on, President Reagan passed away last Saturday at age 93. They placed his body in the Rotunda of the Capital and people can view the casket. And when I say people, I mean everyone in the Milky Way Galaxy stood in this line. We arrived at the end of the line at around 9:30. And by line I'm talking amusement park zig-zagging lines that covered the three block lawn in front of the Capital. When we got in line, they were saying it was 8-10 hours from that point. HOLY...MOLY! So we decided to wait; that we'd kick ourselves later if we passed up this opportunity to participate in this event. So we waited, and waited, and waited. Each block was about 2.5 hours of standing. Our feet hurt, our knees hurt, our back ached, and yet we waited.

We got up to the security point and they took our cameras and tagged them so we'd get them back. And we proceeded through metal detectors and bag checks and finally around 3:30am we got into the Rotunda. They were moving people through pretty fast, so you couldn't stop and look for long. But when we got in there, the stopped our group and we were just standing there looking on. All of the sudden out of the corner of my eye, I saw a group of soldiers advancing out into the Rotunda. We got to witness the changing of the guard, which took about 5 minutes and was eerily silent. They only do it every 30 minute. It was pretty impressive and we couldn't have timed it any better. Then they rushed us through, so everyone could get to see. We got out, got our cameras, signed the condolences books, and looked at the line which was still two blocks long. The people back toward the back, I'm fairly certain, never even made it in. I'm amazed that people were still getting in line at 2am. We then had the task of finding a way home, since it was almost 4am and the metro closed at midnight!

We tried to catch a bus, but that proved to be wishful thinking. We eventually caught a cab, since we weren't about to walk from 4th and Independence to 23rd and I St. The cab driver was nuts. He told us about a movie he'd watched about monkeys and proceeded to run about 3 red lights in a row at high speeds. My life flashed before my eyes. But at the end of the day, err, beginning of the morning, we arrived safely back at the dorm and curled up in our beds, only myself to have to get up and go to work in a few hours.

Update: I'm getting ready to leave early. Thad switched the conference call for some other time and I'm going back to bed. Until next week...

-al

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