“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” – John Newton

Intentions for the Month

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an Intentions post. I am going to try something a bit different and make one for the month instead of weekly.

Eat healthier aka eat at home – this past month lab work has been crazy and I’ve hit the up the drive thru a few too many times and my stomach and energy levels are feeling it.

Get back on my budget – not eating out will really help with this. I need to save for my friend’s 2022 Australian wedding!

Get up to a 12 mile long run – I hit 10 miles two weeks ago so this is very doable but I gotta stay on track and I took last week off because I banged up my knee pretty hard on an icy spill.

Run at least 3x/week.

Do the Chloe Ting 2 Week Shred – I did that this summer and it was fantastic! I’ve been meaning to restart it but I keep putting it off but now I’m posting about it so I have accountability. Please shame me into keeping my workout commitments!

Post at least five blog posts for the month – but let’s make it easier and count this one 😉

Practice my lecture on U.S. STEM Policy regarding Underrepresented Minorities (URMs) before my lecture on March 11th. This lecture will be recorded so I’d like it to be polished so that I can use the recording in the future.

Practice my student workshop presentation before my student workshop on March 22nd. This is also doubling as a committee meeting so I’d like it to be good. I am also planning to record this, not to share but to punish myself by watching and seeing areas I need to improve on.

Put together a writing schedule. I think I’ve been saying this for years…

Apply for an internal research grant.

And as always, collect more data!

I will soon be vaccinated, if I’m not already

I received an exciting email today! The NovaVax trial I’m in got their crossover design approved. This means I will get two more injections – dose 1 and 2 of either the placebo or vaccine, whichever I didn’t get already. It will stay blinded so I won’t know which I got the first time around but what it does mean is I will be vaccinated sooner than later! Also if you weren’t aware, the phase III trial in the UK has finished and has shown it’s efficacy to be 89.3% (link).

Screenshot of email, text below

“Dear PREVENT-19 Study Participant:

Novavax is happy to announce that thanks to many volunteers like you, we have completed enrollment in the PREVENT-19 study. We want to thank you for your commitment to participation as without it, we would not be able to progress this very important research into a new COVID-19 vaccine.

We also want to take the opportunity to notify you that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved Novavax’s plan for a blinded crossover. What this means is that all participants will eventually receive the real vaccine. For this to happen, we first need to demonstrate that the vaccine is safe and does prevent COVID-19 disease.  Participants who choose to remain in the study on their blinded treatment. We anticipate that between one to two more months of follow-up will be required to reach that goal. Crossover vaccinations will be planned to follow thereafter.

We thank you for the extremely valuable contribution you are making to research and to society during these trying and challenging times.

Kind Regards,

The Novavax Team”

And ICYMI, here is the post Why I joined the Novavax clinical trial even though it means I have a 33% chance of not getting the vaccine (placebo)