A year in review.

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  1. delff128

    delff128 Silver Member

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    A year ago I was a starving graduate student held up in my office, barricaded in fact, slaving away on my masters thesis. At some point, most likely in a haze of delirium along with a light sprinkling of agony (probably due to low blood sugar and the fact that I had been living out of my office), I decided to take a break and fantasize about a world outside academia. I reminisced about the time in which I had lived in New Zealand; traveling and exploring nearly every weekend. I had to find a way to get back!! Queue the nexus of my points and miles addiction. Prior, I had no real experience with miles/points, much less credit cards and even sign up bonuses. I began reading various travel blogs and undertaking a silent observer position here at Milepoint, but a year and 92 agonizing single spaced pages later, I have finished my masters thesis in physics, I am ears deep in the points and miles game, I have accrued a total of 302,000 points/miles, mainly UR and United miles, achieved Hyatt platinum status outside of the Milepoint premium membership (which is amazing and I am thrilled to be able to support Milepoint), and I am composing my first thread here on Milepoint. Needless to say, New Zealand still tops my list, but my travel aspirations have vastly expanded. Exciting times! I look forward to getting to know everyone here in the Milepoint community, throw in my two cents where I can, and continue to learn from the veterans in the crowd.

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  2. Randy Petersen
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    Great story and thank you. Fact is, you are now veteran enough to help others and that's the best part -- because you have actually done it. Now I'm wondering, just exactly was the title of your physics master thesis?
     
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    Thanks Randy! The title is a bit of a mouthful: Development and Testing of a High Resolution PET Probe for Prostate Imaging. In a nutshell a PET probe roughly the size a a cigar tube was constructed and optimized and proposed for prostate imaging to aid in diagnosis, biopsy guidance, and treatment protocol.
     
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    A probe for PET (Positron Emission Tomography), kool!

    Congrats on your achievement from one imaging physicist, who is also a MilePoint/travel addict, to another!
     
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    Much appreciated!! If you have any free time here or there it would be great to chat with a peer in the imaging community who has an established career.
     
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    I come at it from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS), principally for neuro applications, but there is a lot in common with respect to the clinical questions that the modalities can address (see, e.g., MRI & MRS with specialized probes for prostate cancer detection).

    MilePoint does have a great personal messaging utility so let's talk shop!
     
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    You are one of my heroes. There is little other than hormone therapy right now if surgery and radiation fail.
     

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