[LON-CAPA-admin] Helen is moving up!

Gerd Kortemeyer korte at lite.msu.edu
Sat Aug 13 13:20:22 EDT 2005

Dear Friends and Collaborators,

As many of you already know, Helen Keefe, our NSF ITR Project Manager  
for over four years, is moving up to an Academic Specialist position  
in the Continuing Appointment ("tenure-track") System here at  
Michigan State University, working in the Continuing Education  
program of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She will have a wide  
range of responsibilities for the provision of educational  
opportunities for physicians (not physicists :-( ...) working at a  
number of hospitals around the state and the nation. Her move  
coincides with the end of our NSF ITR project funding.

I am personally very excited about this opportunity for her, which is  
an ideal match with her interests and skills - of course, at the same  
time, I can see myself drowning in an ocean of chaos and  
disorganization, missing project reports and other deadlines, getting  
stranded at airports I didn't mean to go to, and sleeping under  
bridges in strange cities. Please expect the same fate when coming to  
our future conferences and workshops. I will also miss Helen's  
comments, encouragement, support, ideas, and cheese cake.

I know many of you will also miss Helen. While I acted as the grumpy  
inhospitable pessimistic German in our group, Helen in particular  
provided the necessary balance. Not sure where that leaves us - Helen  
greatly contributed to the outside personality of our group in ways  
that are beyond me. And I don't want to even think about the  
organization of the upcoming LON-CAPA conferences and workshops.

Friday was Helen's last day in our group, and Monday she will start  
in her new position. You can still reach Helen at helen at lon-capa.org  
for personal emails for a little while longer, but ITR project- 
related email should now go to me for grumpy inhospitable pessimistic  

Please join me in congratulating and thanking Helen!

- Gerd.

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