Lifestyle

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Former nomad who loves home, Healthy lifestyle, adventure, love and science

Location: Malibu, California.

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Laugh, Exercise, Eat right and Repeat 😀

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Hammock Breaks!

Its’s easy to get burnt out when you are constantly on travel and work around the clock. That’s why rest and relaxation are so important and of course! with honeysuckle 😉

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n I am so grateful for the path I have chosen, my career is my lifestyle………..

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I like how Sir Arthur C Clarke said it,

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I met him when I was around 8 years old. He was so humble, a simple man……..

I was curious, loved science and adventure even back then but I had no idea I would pursue science.

#proudsrilankan #greattobehome #soulscientist

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I am an island girl and always will be ❤

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Where? Colombo, Sri Lanka

#soulscientist #scienceismyphilosophy #islandgirl

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Souvenirs from my last adventure

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#keepsake #homeawayfromhome #collector

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9/25/2016

Q and A

Why/How did I end up in science?

I was the first in my family to earn a college degree in science and the first in my family to pursue university study. I come from a beautiful and a very small island called Sri Lanka. Growing up I did not have many opportunities or was exposed to new technology. But this did not stop me from being curious about the natural world. As a child I was fascinated by science and everything it had to offer. I had a wild imagination about the world around me. I also had an adventurous side to me even as little girl. However, it took me sometime to realize that I could have a career that allows me to pursue science with adventure. I started off in Physics and Astronomy since I wanted to become an Astrophysicist. I discovered my passion for geology when I got the opportunity to do research in planetary geology for one of my astronomy courses.

Why did I choose my current field/what keeps me there?

I am an early career planetary geologist. My dream was to pursue science. I chose this field because this is the field of science I enjoy the most.

Challenge keeps me in this field. I am always thinking and asking important questions about the geology in the solar system that could benefit future missions, exploration and mankind.

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Hiruni Senarath Dassanayake @ CEPS Smithsonian

About my work.

I have a passion for studying the planets, specifically the planet Mars.

My interest started with the Mars research project that began in 2013 when I studied volcanism on Mars . I combined my passion for earth and planetary sciences with geology, physics, and math in an innovative project that I worked on: looking for “water” on Mars.

This project evolved into researching and discovering a “crater lake” on Mars through a 2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Award. I presented my findings at the Geological Society of America (GSA) national meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in November 2015.

The success of this project gave me a research opportunity at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Air and Space Museum, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies where I researched geomorphology of Hale distal deposits.

The other planets and moons I have studied so far include Earth and Europa.

Currently I am working on a very exciting project so stay tuned to my blog!

What were my challenges?

I had MANY. I know don’t even know from where to start. My biggest challenge was moving to an unknown land for the first time in my life all by my self to chase my dream of becoming a scientist. During my undergrad career (4 years) I went home only once and that was also for a few days.

How would I describe my ideal day off?

I don’t take days off. I am creating a career that I don’t need to escape form. My career is my lifestyle.

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9/27/2016

So I cooked Sri Lankan!

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#Amazingfood #Lentilcurry #Cantgetenough #Friedfish #NomNom

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9/27/2016

Hiruni,

“Don’t be afraid to spread your wings to venture out and leave many things”

                                                                               Love and Prayers,

Mama Grace

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This was a gift from my American host mother, Grace Amanda. She gave me this when I told her I am about to graduate college and I am scared to start a new life.

Love you always Mama Grace,

Love and Prayers,

Hiruni

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9/27/2016

YUP!

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9/30/2016

Saturn through telescope

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@ Smithsonian Air and Space

When I was a kid I used to jump from my balcony on to the roof to watch the night sky. My mum was not so happy with this. She was against it because she thought I would fall and hurt my self. She didn’t understand why I would risk my self to look at the night sky.

lol! I had a lot against me even back then……….

Who knew I would make a career out of it right? I am planing on spending the rest of my life looking at the night sky!

And, my mom finally understands now 🙂

#soulscientist #rebelscientist

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10/01/2016

It’s important to take the science out! I too spend a lot of time on social media and I totally agree with Dr. De Vos.

“Over time, I’ve come to realize that my visibility is my superpower, particularly because the parts of the world I serve don’t have access to much information other than what they get through the Internet. That’s why I use social media. I have a lot of scientist friends who say, I don’t have time for social media. I’m like, you have two minutes to post something that can help someone else. You never know who’s reaching out and watching you.”

Dr. Asha de Vos

Marine Biologist and Ocean Educator

National Geographic Emerging Explorer

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10/02/2016

Volunteering in NYC!

*Hurricane Sandy disaster relief for New York Cares.
We Performed demolition and mold removal on residential property and I
was able to complete 40 hours of volunteer work!

#SUNYserves #success #letsgiveback #Teamwork

When? Spring 2013

Where? Brooklyn, NY

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10/08/2016

Downtime!

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Rock climbing @ Erie, PA

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Kayaking @ Erie Canal

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Cave of the winds @ Niagara Falls

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10/09/2016

Sunday office

Got loads done today! It’s great to disconnect from the whole world just to focus on my work every now and then.

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MOon…..

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@ Colombo, Sri Lanka

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10/16/2016

A lot of people don’t get me when I tell them my dreams so I show them instead 😉

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#myMarsdream #LikeaMartian #passionMars

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11/05/2016

Yo NASA got this right!!! hahaha

@ NASA HQ 

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11/07/2016

Bag on my back, Smile on my face 🙂

#Nomadicdays #solotravel @Niagara Falls

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11/24/2016

Lets give thanks!

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12/27/2016

Happy Holidays world!

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12/31/2016

So I got to see rare species of birds,  butterflies and insects. I think Some of them were even endemic! Cant think of a better way to end 2016!!!

#paradiseisland #letsgetouttathecity #SLadventures #NewYearcelebrations

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Twitter post @senarahc01

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A new dimension 

stay tuned…..

01/01/2017

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01/17/2017

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FB post!

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02/08/2017

Love this quote by @garrettgee,

“This is something that changed my life and something that I’m trying to help my own children learn: Know your worth!” he said. “The more you understand your potential and value yourself, the better you will be at following your dreams and avoiding dead-end jobs.”

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04/05/2017

Simply living lifestyle 

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