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ANNE SLINN: I left campus, actually, almost two years ago,
so I got a jump start on this remote working stuff.
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TOM GEARTY: Can you tell us what prompted the move out
to the west coast?
ANNE SLINN: I wanted to join my father in a very
remote location, as he's elderly,
and thought it would be a good time to do it
before there was a crisis.
I didn't foresee this kind of crisis coming
and I thank my lucky stars that I made the move when I did.
And out here, I have a lot of land and I have animals,
and it's just-- it's a wonderful escape.
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TOM GEARTY: We're all getting used to physical distancing.
You've got two years of it under your belt.
What guidance do you have for those of us who've just
started to physically distance?
ANNE SLINN: So a lot of my work, as my colleagues know,
is done in the middle of the night.
They wondered if there was something up with the time zone
change because the emails they got from me
are in the middle of the night.
But for me, it just worked that way
because I wanted to be outside during the day,
just trying to balance the time management of it.
I would say that I was somewhat struggling for a good year.
How do I balance work and play and family
and responsibilities?
That's the million dollar question, isn't it?
A favorite story of mine is I asked
Chuck Vest, former president of MIT,
how he managed to do all I did because I was just
a big fan of his.
And one day I asked him.
And his answer always rings in my ears
every time I feel overwhelmed.
And he said, "Just chip away.
Just do what you can, and try and set your own priorities.
Just chip away."
TOM GEARTY: Ask a question again,
and just take another crack at it to see if we can, you know,
come at it from a different angle.
ANNE SLINN: Or if my daughter runs in the room?
TOM GEARTY: [INAUDIBLE] Exactly.
We don't know what's going to happen, really.
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