- Date: Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8pm
- Location: Somerville, MA
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Fellow Chef: Mike
- Dining Companions: Vigleik, Shihchi, and Marco
- Recipe Rating: B+
Hello from Germany! After many hours of travel on Saturday/Sunday I made it safely to Oberwolfach. The conference has been quite interesting so far. I am a pretty conspicuous addition though. Apparently I am the youngest person here. Of the 45 participants, Grace and I are the only graduate students, and 2 of only 4 women! That makes it hard to blend in of course!
As I think I mentioned earlier, they pick the talks day by day here. Last night at 9:30pm the organizers chose me to speak at 9:15 this morning. Needless to say, I didn't really sleep well last night! I was quite nervous. I had never spoken at a conference before (aside from Talbot, which I think doesn't really count). Plus, the vast majority of the people here are algebraic geometers, and hence might not be interested in the work that I do. Before I went to bed last night a fellow conference participant, who has been in the field for many more years than me, came up to me and said, "Teena, it's really important that you do a good job tomorrow. It will really determine the way that people think about you." That didn't exactly help my nerves! But actually, my talk this morning went really well! I just tried to be clear and have a good time, and I think it worked. More than a dozen people came up to me afterwards to tell me how much they liked it. I was really, really happy with how it went! We have this afternoon off, and I am taking the time to relax a little bit. I took a nice nap and I think I will go for a walk in town.