Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bug-o-Rama #63

This weekend was Bug-o-Rama #63 held at the Sacramento Raceway. We drove down there mainly to see the VW car show and browse the swap meet. It was pretty nice outside, in the 80s and sunny. The swap meet was huge and people had all kinds of parts for all types of VWs but mainly bugs. We found a few things that we needed here and there.

Bug-o-Rama Swap Meet
People selling stuff at the swap meet.

Bug-o-Rama Swap Meet

A cool baja bug at the car show.

There was also a race, and many bugs were racing on the 1/4 mile strip. Many were heavily modified, but some were stock/original, and of course, they were really slow! They even had dragsters that just barely qualified to be a "VW" only because they were somehow aircooled or had some VW engine parts in them.



Monday, May 18, 2009

NSF Honorable Mention

Today, after much waiting and torture we were notified by the NSF that we both (!) received the Honorable Mention for the 2009 NSF GRFP. That means we didn't win any money, but at least we got recognized! Our names are listed on the NSF's list of awardees for 2009. Here is the e-mail I got:

Dear Jennifer Frederick:

Your application for the 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF)
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has been evaluated.
Although the Foundation is unable to offer you a fellowship, it
is my pleasure to inform you that you have been accorded an
Honorable Mention. Unless you have previously requested
otherwise, your name will be included in the Honorable Mention
list that will be posted at

Applicants receiving Honorable Mention are provided enhanced
access to cyberinfrastructure resources, including supercomputing
time, through the TeraGrid. Please refer to for more information on
cyberinfrastructure resources.

If you have questions concerning this notification, please send
an e-mail to Thank you for your interest in the
Graduate Research Fellowship Program. We wish you well in your
future studies.


Carol Van Hartesveldt, Ph.D.
Acting Division Director
Division of Graduate Education