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Dream job

I'm very pleased to report that after a year as a lecturer in the Department of English at Uppsala University, I have been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the same department. This is exactly what I need at this point in my career, so I am more than a little excited. Read more about it on my blog.

Back to the blog

It's now 2011, and one of the things I'm trying to do differently this year is to blog not exclusively in my mind. So check out Over Here to see what I've been up to of late over here. And please leave a comment if you can think of something nice to say.

Work on site

I am currently in the process of updating and improving this site. Please pardon any inconveniences this creates. In the end, there should be more useful information and more fun stuff here, so please do check back.

New job

I'm happy to report that starting tomorrow, July 1, 2010, I will be working full-time for the Department of English at Uppsala University. Uppsala University is, as you may know, the oldest university in Sweden (indeed, in Scandinavia), and one of the most prestigious in Europe. So I am extremely pleased to be joining the faculty as a lecturer. I have worked on research projects with members of the Department of English for a couple of years, and I can say that they are nice people as well as good scholars. So I should fit right in (smirk).

Finally done

I'm happy to report that after an entire decade as a graduate student (albeit part-time, while doing many other things as well), I have finally submitted my thesis and will be defending it on March 26. This means that I will finally have my PhD and will be allowed to wear long trousers. And possibly even get a permanent university position. For more verbose discussion, see my blog. Now I get to work on lots of projects at once. Stay tuned...

New site: cendipede.org

As part of my dissertation project, I have created a new website: cendipede.org. My thesis presents a theoretical framework for studying word meaning through syntagmatic relations, called the Corpus-Derived Profiles framework. This framework is designed to be implemented computationally, and I have written a program, CenDiPede, which is an implementation of it in Java. It's still in alpha stage, and therefore not yet publicly available, but when it's done, I will distribute both the program and the source code freely at cendipede.org.

Moving to Stockholm

I realize that I hardly ever post news on this site. It's not that I don't want you to know things, but just that I'm so busy these days. But it's high time for me to post some significant news: Annelie and I have bought a flat in Stockholm and will be moving there in mid-June. Yes, after two years in Härnösand, we're moving to the big city, which is actually still one of the smallest cities I've lived in. Stockholm seems like it may be a very good place for us. Let's hope so! I'll try to sum up my Härnösand experiences on the blog, so check back there for updates. Now off to pack!

More photos going up

I'm finally getting some new photos added to my gallery. The latest are photos from my May trip to Switzerland, and soon will come pictures of Spain.

My blog is also seeing some activity, so feel free to stop by and leave a comment. (See above for links to both photos and blog).

New writing site

As part of my job teaching writing to Swedish university students, I have created a new website: Gregory's Writing Site. This features a collection of guidelines to help advanced learners of English write better. If you're interested, feel free to take a look.

Not much going on here, but try Over Here

It is probably fairly apparent that there's not much new here on the main site right now, but I have been adding steadily to my blog (see top of page), so that's where the action is right now. I'll try to put up a bunch of new pictures soon.

More pictures: Summer in Härnösand

I've put up some pictures of Härnösand in my photo gallery, so now you can see what the town looks like. I've also started describing life here in my blog. Links to both are at the very top of the page. Enjoy!

More content, including a Tips section

I've restored to this site much of the content it had before the overhaul, so now you can read more about me and what I do.

More interestingly, however, I have also added a Tips section. I would like to use this as a little swap-shop of advice on various topics. I'll keep adding tips on different topics as I think of them, and I encourage others to send me other tips to add. I promise that you'll get credit for your submissions.

Welcome to the new garretson.info site!

I've reimplemented my website using a content-management system called Drupal. This should make it easier for me to add content, which will make it a better and more interesting place.

I am, however, continuing to use WordPress for my blog, "Over Here", since WordPress is much better for blogging. See the top of the page for a link to the blog. There's also a link there to my photo gallery.

See the links at left for other site content. Note that if you want to, you can create a member profile and log in, which gives you certain privileges, such as posting comments. Give it a try!

Big move

Annelie and I are in for another big change: We're moving to Sweden. She has been offered an excellent job there, and I'm planning to teach part-time while I try to finish my dissertation. An acquaintance of mine who recently learned that I still had not finished remarked (and here you must imagine a heavy Russian accent), "Vow, you are really trying to shake ze vorld viz your dissertation!" Would that that were true, but it's a nice thought. At any rate, come August, my blog will turn to life as an American in Sweden. Which means that in the meantime, I'd better post all the items I have on life in Ann Arbor.

New host

I've moved all my websites (not that I have that many) to a new web hosting company. I hope thus to be able to do even cooler things for your amusement. I apologize in advance if the changeover causes you any inconvenience.

Working on site again

I've started making some improvements to my website, and I'm finally adding to my blog again. I've also started a page of recommendations for various things, as a way to share my enthusiasms. See "Recommendations" at left.

Ann Arbor gets a dining club!

My latest crazy scheme is the Dialectic Dining Club, a social experiment in talk and food here in Ann Arbor. We'll see how it goes; could be lots of fun.

The Swales Conference

My latest contribution to the WWW is a series of photos of the Conference in Honor of John Swales, a conference held in Ann Arbor in late June to celebrate the retirement of BFG John Swales. The photos were my contribution to the conference.

The Reference Checker

I am pleased to report that after many months of abuse of the word "soon", I have gotten my Reference Checker online and ready for use. It's a useful tool; please feel free to try it out—and please let me know how it works for you.

I'm also happy to say that I've come out of the cyber-hole I've been in for a few months and am back to work on my blog. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks to those of you who have complained about its hibernation.

New photo gallery

I now have a new photo gallery connected to this website. You can get to it by clicking on "Photographs" at left. I'll keep adding albums to it as time permits.

And yes, I know I haven't added to my blog for a while, but I've been really busy. I will soon, though!

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