Welcome sihaya

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by viper357, 19 Dec 2007.

  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    It is our greatest of pleasure to officially welcome Sara (sihaya) to Marine Aquariums of South Africa.

    Hailing from Cleveland, OH in the USA, Sara is a member of the well known and highly respected crew that gives advice to reefkeepers from all over the world at www.wetwebmedia.com (you all know Robert (Bob) Fenner), undoubtedly one of the premier reefkeeping sites in the world. She is also the creator of www.asira.org, a website dedicated to making more information available to more reefkeepers around the globe.

    Not only does Sara have a broad list of academic achievements and experiences but she too has a great passion for the hobby of reefkeeping and is more than willing to share her knowledge and experiences with you, be it from a beginners point of view or the more advanced aspects of the hobby.

    Welcome Sara, thank you for affording us the opportunity to host a dedicated forum for you on MASA, we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship between yourself and our members.
     
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  3. phat

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    tell us more about your academic achievements please :D
     
  4. sihaya

    sihaya

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    Thanks so much Dean!! (and all the Admins here) Um... "well known international adviser"...?! LOL Wow, will you be my publicist!?

    phat - hmm, well, semi-relevant to reef keeping... I took a lot of chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, immunology, organic chemistry, etc., etc. as a pre-med student and during my ~one year in medical school. More generally though (and not really related to the hobby), I have a BA in Math with a minor in Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kapa and all that stuff). I have a MA in Bioethics and am currently in law school (almost done!).
     
  5. charlesr1958

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    What schools did you and are you attending? Also, what experience have you with marine biology or the keeping of reef aquariums?
     
  6. sihaya

    sihaya

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    I attended Kent State University Honors College for my BA and Case Western Reserve University for my brief time in Med School, and also for my MA, and JD. Like most of us here (including even many authors and authorities in our hobby), I have no formal education in marine biology. Though I have extensive education in biology, chemistry, etc. generally, I've never taken a class specifically in marine biology. So I guess you could say I'm "self-studied" -- extensively self studied. I swear sometimes I spend more time reading marine biology texts than I do my law school books. lol

    Anyway... this reminds me of the story of Thomas James Henderson (a famous astronomer and the first to measure the distance to Alpha Centauri). Astronomy was only a "hobby" of his. It was not his career (his education/training was actually in law... ha!). He never studied astronomy formally and yet this man contributed as much to the study/discovery of astronomy as any formally educated astronomer.

    Personally, I think his story should be an inspiration for us ALL... just because something is "only" your "hobby" that doesn't mean it can't be a true love/passion or that you can't contribute greatly! :)
     
  7. sihaya

    sihaya

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    Anyway... so, Dean et al wanted to know what I did in HI and to share pics. Well, it rained almost the entire time I was there! So what's a girl to do but hang out and get a bit tipsy with some fellow reef geeks? :D

    The tall guy in the back is Dana Riddle (reef tank lighting guru guy), the tall blond babe in the front is a friend from Ocean Rider:

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    Me getting sauced at the Kona brewing company...
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  8. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Congratulations on your own forum Sara, we are very happy to have you here at MASA, SA's Premier Marine site :D:D:D

    What always impresses me is how relevant your answers are without waffling on to make your self look important, brilliant "hitting the nail on the head" advice.

    We thank you for all the help so far and look forward to having you around for a very very long time.

    Hermann
     
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  9. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    So does Quinns sell Peroni ? :D:D:D
     
  10. sihaya

    sihaya

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    Thanks Kanga, that is a very meaningful compliment to me. :blushing:
    Even better, they have something called "IPA" which is just the best beer anywhere! And I don't even like beer... but this is beyond beer. I swear there's magic in it... :D
     
  11. HenkHugo

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    mmmmmmm.... beeeeer! so much more than just a breckfast drink!

    Welcome to your new home on MASA!
     
  12. sihaya

    sihaya

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    On MASA? Dude, after WWM and ASIRA, you guys are my home on the whole internet now. :D
     
  13. HenkHugo

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    hahahaha ok :D
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    excellent Sarah!how much is the fish? :lol:
    Admin/mods design a good badge for Sarah please :)
     
  15. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Miki, our man with the plan :D:D:D

    Damn good idea you have there

    So that means its almost as good as Peroni??:lol::lol::lol:
     
  16. Reef Maniac

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    OK, now you need to learn Afrikaans... WELKOM ANTIE Sara :) :)
     
  17. sihaya

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    Haha... cool! "Antie?" Well, I DO have *six* nephews!!
     
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    Welcome Sara.

    Why did this take so long to setup? :lol: Agree with Kanga. I like your style.
     
  19. sihaya

    sihaya

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    I think the admins wanted to wait until I learned how to convert liters to gallons. Oops...:blushing:
    Well, thank you:)
     
  20. HenkHugo

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    Sara - dont you have an exam to do? hu hu hu hu? :D
     
  21. Galibore

    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    Welcome Sara.

    It has taken a while but we were waiting for you return. The board is now busier than ever so the timing is just right.

    And a big thanks for the very insightful input you have delivered so far!

    We are honoured to have you on board.
     
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