Author Archives: Julie Dodd

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Celebrating Earth Day by cycling on Hawthorne Trail

Earth Day was just the day to renew my Florida State Park card and then put it to use by visiting one of the nearby state parks to cycle on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail. The trail is a converted railroad track that goes through woods and prairie and includes a few hills. I saw pileated woodpeckers, […]

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Running on the Barcelona Olympic track — my goal

“What’s something special you’d like to do in Barcelona?” That was the question I was asked by my travel companions as we planned our time in Barcelona. I remembered watching the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, with a flaming arrow being shot to light the Olympic torch at the Olympic Stadium and the majestic views of […]

Networking strategies for graduate students

Networking was the theme of the University of Florida’s Graduate Student Research Day. Students shared their research during poster sessions, participated in a networking activity facilitated by Melissa Lyon from the Career Resource Center, and heard talks from Alex Sevilla and me about strategies for networking. Here are some of the tips I shared in […]

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10 tips for your LinkedIn profile

Improving your LinkedIn profile is the topic University of Florida doctoral student Charlotte Bolch and I will be discussing as part of my talk on networking on the University of Florida’s Graduate Student Research Day. When I was invited by the Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional Development (OGAP) to be the luncheon speaker, […]

Rhododendron in snow, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking in snow

I had planned to be writing a blog post today for the Friends of the Smokies blog about the March Classic Hike of the Smokies. But the hike was postponed until later in March due to inclement weather – with US Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road closed due to snow and ice and with other roads and […]

Strategic Alliance at Podfest 2017

Networking at professional conferences

The opening big group session for Podfest 2017 in Orlando last week was called Strategic Alliance. The objective of the session was to help the more than 300 conference participants meet others attending the conference — and, hopefully, make at least a few strategic connections For almost two hours, we alternated between hearing short talks […]

De-stress: Run, bike Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail

I just received my Hike 100 Challenge pin in the mail. The pins were sent to the more than 2,300 hikers who completed the Smokies Hike 100 Challenge in 2016 as part of the Centenniel Celebration of the National Park Service. I’m so glad I could be part of that hiking experience. I love hiking […]