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June, 2008 Graduating from Mizzou

June, 2008 Graduating from Mizzou

One of the perks of being a blogger is that you can put whatever you want on your own blog.  Today I’m going to depart from the usual to brag on one of my kids.  Son #3, Patrick Buckley MSMAS, today successfully defended his master’s thesis at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

After Patrick saw the movie “Twister, back in 1996 (he was twelve) he decided that he wanted to be a storm chaser.  His interest in storms and weather in general took him to the University of Missouri where he earned his bachelor’s in meteorology. Thankfully, he got over the storm chaser dream and settled into research.

But, I’ll never forget the time that he called me to tell me about the thunderstorm that had just passed through Columbia (MO).  While everybody else was hiding in their respective basements, he was outside gathering hail stones.  The most exciting thing was that the lightning bolts had tingled his bare feet. Yikes!

Nowadays, he’s helped build, and has gotten his name on the patent for, some kind of advanced detection device.  Frankly, I haven’t the faintest idea what it does.  But a I know that representatives from the EPA attended his defense.

I guess the days of looking at clouds with him and finding the bunnies and puppies are long gone.  But Patrick’s mom and I are extremely proud of him (and his siblings, too).  Our kids have so many letters behind their names that we can’t list them all on a single sheet of paper.

Congratulations, Patrick!

You can't be a scientist 24 hours a day.

You can't be a scientist 24 hours a day.

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