Trailrunners After Dark

Let’s face it – the days ARE getting shorter, so sometimes, it is tough to find the time to go for a run during the daytime.  The easy solution to this, of course, is the purchase of a headlamp and reflective clothing, and warm clothes.  I have also blogged from time to time about the pleasures of running on packed snowmobile trails while wearing my “microspikes”, the easy slip-on shoe device which gives just the right amount of grip for packed trails.  With both of these winter running tricks in mind, I had the inspiration to combine them both, on my beloved cross country ski trails at the Rikert Ski Touring area in Ripton.  I have been reticent about after dark running on roads, since my nasty fall on a patch of ice two years ago, but I realized that packed ski trails, especially with the tail end of the early season snows still on the trails, would make for a safe, fun run, and a new experience.  The one thing that would not be safe, however, is running in the woods alone at night, so I posted my hairbrained idea for some of my running friends on the Middlebury Running Group facebook page, and not surprisingly, some of them actually agreed with my suggestion!

So, we met up in the parking lot at Rikert at 5:30 on a mid-week evening, and other than a few lights on in and around the Touring Center lobby and a few spotlights from the barn, the parking lot was dark, as a group of us gathered to begin the run.  It was a little on the chilly side, in the low 20’s, but we knew that once we got running, we would warm up nicely.  So, we slipped on our microspikes, turned on our headlamps, and headed across the field to the Battell trail entrance.  I am including a trail map, so that those who are not as familiar with the area can see where we went!  The footing, as expected, was just fine, given our preparations, although I would recommend a slower than normal running pace, as even with the headlamps, we had to be careful about where we stepped – if for no other reason than that the wonderful early season snows hit before the small streams and wet spots crossing the trail had not yet frozen up.   The woods were beautiful under the faint glow of our headlamps, and were far more silent than they are during the day, when the scurry of small animals and birds makes for a little background ambience.  A picture almost caught the mood.

View from the trail

 

 

And of course, there is not much to see in this photo – it was dark! Continuing around the Battell loop ( a little over a mile long) we looped back to the field, and then took the right turn up the Tormondsen Racing Trail, covered by snowmaking, made for even better footing. The Rikert area does not have much in the way of altitude between the base and the hills, but they do an excellent job of snaking the compact trail system up and down the side of these hills, keeping the skiing appropriately challenging. So, looking to get a little more climbing in, I led the group up past the Myhre Cabin, which I recently learned is still privately owned, up towards the Frost Trail. Despite the fact that the Frost Trail is higher on the hillside, it needed more snow and/or more cold to cover the streams, so we had to be even more careful about our footing, until we arrived at the high point of the run, the Burgin Lodge, which was built to give members of the Middlebury College community a quiet place in the woods to spend the night – with access by reservation only.   There was nobody there, so the stone cairns, and then the cabin itself loomed spookily in the VERY dim light of our headlamps.

The Spooky Cairn

Yeah, I know, the picture is a little bit on the dark side – it was night, what did you expect? Stopping for a moment to enjoy the high point of our run, we began our descent, which had a few icy places, requiring careful footing, eventually joining the Figure 8, before our final descent on another section of a segment of trail, well-covered by the snowmaking system. In the past, I have bemoaned the name of this last section of trail – it had been named after the former English Professor and head of the Breadloaf School of English, who was the cause of Middlebury College’s big #MeToo situation in the late 1980s. I was glad to learn that our Trustees had renamed it the White Trail, naming after a local female literary character (of whom I know nothing – I will have to find out). Crossing Forest Service 59, we had one last short climb up towards the parking lot. It wasn’t bad for a leisurely run, but I know from experience that it can be an agonizing approach to the finish line during nordic races.

To the Finish Line in the dark

This ended up being about a 4.5 mile run, and due to the good graces of Google Earth, which had the foresight to do their aerial photography during the daytime, I do have a GPS trace of the run. I think we will be doing this again sometime this winter!

Google Earth NOT in the dark

Altitude Profile

Oliver Wyman Women’s Leadership Series

Connect with women leaders at our firm through a series of workshops and professional development sessions.  Travel and accommodations are provided.

Session 1:  Chicago, Friday, February 8

Session 2:  Boston, Friday, March 8

Session 3:  New York, Friday, April 12

Applications due Sunday January 6 at 11:59 pm

Apply here:  www.oliverwyman.com/WomensLeadershipSeries2019

Last year a Midd student did this program and had a great experience!

Oliver Wyman Women’s Leadership Series

Connect with women leaders at our firm through a series of workshops and professional development sessions.  Travel and accommodations are provided.

Session 1:  Chicago, Friday, February 8

Session 2:  Boston, Friday, March 8

Session 3:  New York, Friday, April 12

Applications due Sunday January 6 at 11:59 pm

Apply here:  www.oliverwyman.com/WomensLeadershipSeries2019

Last year a Midd student did this program and had a great experience!

Research Coordinator Positions Open in the Stress and Development Lab at Harvard

An experienced, independent, and highly-organized individual is sought for a full-time Research Coordinator position in the Stress and Development Laboratory at Harvard University Psychology Department, run by Katie McLaughlin, PhD.  The position will begin in summer 2019 (ideally June).  Research examines the impact of environmental experience on children’s development. Most of their studies are focused on identifying developmental mechanisms linking adverse environmental experiences to the onset of psychopathology.

Under the supervision of Dr. McLaughlin, the individual in this position will be involved in managing an active research lab with several large grants and participate in many aspects of the research process, including recruitment of children and adolescents into research, preparation of IRB applications, data collection, supervision of volunteer research assistants, data management, programming behavioral tasks, and development and maintenance of a database for participant recruitment and tracking.  These duties will primarily focus on an intensive repeated-measures fMRI study examining dynamic changes in neural networks following exposure to stress in adolescents.  Data collection for these studies involves acquisition of psychophysiology and MRI data in addition to assessments of mental health and exposure to stress and adversity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collect data from children, adolescents, and parents in multi-modal studies involving psychophysiology, neuroimaging, and mental health assessments
  • Supervise a team of research assistants in data collection and data management
  • Prepare IRB applications
  • Program behavioral tasks
  • Clean and organize data for analysis
  • Develop and maintain databases for participant recruitment and tracking

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic area
  • Experience working with children and adolescents
  • Experience with task presentation software (e.g., Eprime, Psychopy, MATLAB) is preferred
  • Experience in analyzing neuroimgaging data (i.e., MRI, fMRI, DTI) and comfort working in a command-line environment (e.g., Linux) is preferred

Please contact lab managers, Steven Kasparek and Azure Reid-Russell, for details on how to apply: sdlab@fas.harvard.edu

Cornell University Summer Scholars Program

Cornell AgriTech offers a Summer Research Scholars Program for undergraduate students to carry-out their own independent research projects in Entomology, Horticulture/Plant Breeding, and Plant Pathology.

Student interns will work with faculty, their graduate students and postdocs on research projects focused on specialty crops that can be laboratory and/or field-based.

You can apply online on their website.

Applications are due February 3, 2019.

Specifics for 2019 program

  • Nine week internships to conduct research in a faculty program at Cornell AgriTech
  • Gain research experience and learn about the diverse agriculture and food systems in New York
  • Additional professional enrichment programming and field trips will be offered
  • Benefits include housing and a $4,825 stipend
  • Starts on May 29, 2019 (May 28 for travel) and runs through July 26, 2019 (July 27 for travel)

Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for USDA NIFA funding.
  • Must be 18 years of age by May 28, 2019
  • Must have completed two, and preferably three, years of college level study in one of the life sciences by June 2019

Partially funded by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Bank of America Spring Diversity and Inclusion Forums

Whether you are in the early stages of exploring opportunities or you have decided on a potential career path, the Bank of America Spring Diversity & Inclusion Forums provide female and ethnically diverse first year and sophomore students with the opportunity to learn about the financial services industry, dive deep into specific business areas, develop relationships with professionals and prepare for the 2020 application and interview process. Bank of America is committed to diversity and inclusion in its workforce – all students are welcome to apply.

Elevating Careers – NYC: March 26-27 and Charlotte: April 4-5

Ignite with Tech – Charlotte: April 1-3

Step Ahead: Banking, Markets & Investment Management – NYC: April 10-11

Ignite with STEM – Charlotte: March 20 NYC: April 2

To apply: The application deadline for all programs is February 3 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern. While student applications are limited to one Spring Diversity & Inclusion Forum, we will consider applicants for all forums based on capacity.

Learn more & apply here: go.bofa.com/SpringDiversityInclusionForums19