Tim Pennucci

Departure Date:
Dec. 13 2013
Return Date:
Mar. 23 2014
Local Institution:
University of Virginia
Local Advisor:
Scott Ransom
Foreign Institution:
Cagliari Observatory
Foreign Advisor:
Andrea Possenti
Student Status:
Graduate Student
  • Q. What country were you staying in? Italy
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? was not at a university.  Rather, I was at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari.
  • Q. How long were you there? From the middle of December 2013 to the middle of March 2014.
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? was analyzing magnetar data from the GBT (basic pulsar reduction stuff) and participating in some of the commissioning of the SRT.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? Slightly, yes.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Leaving the American bubble.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? Not sure…there were lots.
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Being away from familiar commodities; having to build “from scratch” how to get along.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? Walked around/explored, shopped, ran, dined with friends.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Ran to the top of a very beautiful overlook of the city of Cagliari, and then was accompanied down by locals who drove me around to a basketball court.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? don’t think there was anything weird about my experience.  I ate horse.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? Just do it.  The anxieties preventing you from going are not worth losing out on the experience that you get in exchange.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? improved my Italian language skills, I suppose.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? Yes and yes, but they are all probably fairly minor things.