Saturday, November 25, 2006

Salem, MA

IMG_0994.JPG, originally uploaded by eesley.

On Friday, while most of America was busy with turkey sandwiches and football, Yoojin, Colette and I took the commuter train up to Salem, MA. For those who don't know, Salem is known for the witch hysteria which happened there in 1692.

We toured one of the Witch Museums, went to the House of Seven Gables (picture) and Nathaniel Hawthorne's House, the first candy shop in America (where I learned that the Gibralter is the oldest candy).

It's been a nice, relaxing break so I am not looking forward to hitting the books again for the run up to finals!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

I found out this week that I won a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship. $15,000 plus a trip to Orlando in January!

This is the abstract from my proposal. It still needs a lot of work:

This study will address the vital roles of university training and the institutional environment on the rate of entrepreneurship and performance of entrepreneurial ventures. We ask two related research questions utilizing national policy changes to examine: (1) What factors are associated with deciding to enter entrepreneurship?; and (2) What are the determinants of the returns to technical entrepreneurship in China? We survey alumni from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tsinghua University, a prominent university focusing on engineering education in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Sunday, November 12, 2006


#69_Chocolate wars, originally uploaded by eesley.

Kelan (photo here from spring 2001 at our place on Clarendon St.) visited Boston/Cambridge this weekend. We went to the MIT on-campus bar - the Muddy Charles as I forced him to endure a business meeting and a phd student presentation the next day at Sloan. It was great catching up and especially getting up to date on the new music he's been digging. Wish I'd had less work and could have hung out more.

Also in the photo here is Ana Viego who is getting married this weekend in Wilmington (and Bonnie, living in Seattle now). I think Kelan and Ana are having a chocolate war here with one of Kelan's shipments from Hershey. I really hate to have to miss Ana's wedding!!! But alas, the workload is crushing this semester.

Congratulations Ana! Great to see you Kelan!

Wednesday, November 1, 2006


DSC02674.JPG, originally uploaded by Michael Sieburg.

I went back to Marietta for Michael and Susannah's wedding this past weekend. Here's a photo from Sieburg, more of my photos are here.

Congrats to the happy couple! It was a great wedding!