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To write the perfect sentence

This will be my second sabbatical at S&T in 25 years. The first was in NY back in the 90s and I stayed at one place. Now, it’s time to travel and meet people, get different perspectives on research, particularly in security of cyber-physical systems, make contacts, initiate joint work, and coalesce this into the written word. The Hemingwayesque theme reflects this and I hope to be inspired by writing in cafes, in our house in Burgundy, working in Gjovik, and working in Auckland. My darling wife, Lorie and I will be traveling together for the next 4 months. I expect she will blog about churches, fiords, perfume, and many other things. I may blog about work, but, for those of you that know me, comments about wine and food are not unexpected.

But, for now, off to Japan and Taiwan for the IEEE 2014 COMPSAC conference. I seem to have landed the position of Steering Committee chair for this long-running major IEEE forum. I look forward to working with a talented group of people. I have some pretty big shoes to fill in this role, following in the footsteps of Stephen Yau and Carl Chang.

Signing off as Mark Twain did..

Bruce McMillin, Rolla MO, July 2013

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Begin at the Beginning!

Bruce and I are going on Sabbatical!!  He’s taking one semester off from his normal teaching at Missouri S&T to work on his research with faculty around the world, and I’ve quit working (well, at least for now).  My last day of work will be August 2nd, and then I’m a Free Bird for the rest of the year!

For the first time since I was 17 years old, I will be free for a while, to just stop and breathe and smell the roses.  The last time I had this much time off, Kim, Jackie and I were cruising Martinsburg and listening to Free Bird, among other things!  I’m not sure if I’ll know what to do with myself, but I’m very excited and willing to find out.

We’re going to Europe for three months, and then we head to New Zealand for a month … and yes, our house WILL be occupied full-time!

Many friends have congratulated us heartily, and their chorus echoes a common theme, “I hope you know how lucky you are”.  We do.  We really do understand that this is the trip of a lifetime, and how very fortunate we are.  We’ve both worked hard for a really long time to get here, and we’re so grateful for this opportunity.

So our odyssey begins on August 10th when we board a flight for London!  Just in time to greet a new little prince or princess!

Lorie McMillin, Rolla MO, July 2013