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2021 in Review

What began as a year of optimism for the upcoming reduction in the pandemic’s influence has undoubtedly turned out to be a mixed one. My family and I are still hunkered down in DC working remotely while the rest of the country is sending its white-collar workers back in fits and starts. I’ve been doing a ton of reading in lieu of commuting and hope to share my thoughts on what I’ve read soon. During the dip in COVID cases, my first flight since early 2020 was taken in June to Denver to meet up with friends for a roadtrip to explore the West. We also got to see my extended family (one member started their own small business this year) for Thanksgiving, whom I hadn’t seen for nearly two years up to that point. I also celebrated my second holiday season in DC.

Professionally, I finally got tenure and look forward to returning to campus this year. Teaching remotely has been tricky since I don’t get to interact with anyone after class (I train government, non-profit, and private sector employees so they’re almost always on the clock and needed immediately after course completion), but I hope this issue resolves itself once people return to residing at NCTC during their courses.

LKYSPP 2021 Reunion
LKY is Back in Session
By the Cape
Summer Reunion
The Crew at Dan’s
Historical site
One of those pivotal moments in American environmental history. My friends, Nick Fannin, Chris Kelly, and Lew Gordon were excited about the postcards from the site.
Almost a decade of friendship.
Reunion with my friend, the artist Pedro Urena.

Sadly, E.O. Wilson and Tom Lovejoy, both giants in the field of conservation, passed away at the end of 2021. You could never outrun their legacy when studying or working in conservation, nor did you want to.


Peter Woll says:

Dear Philiplu,

Thanks for your email and photos of your family and friends.

Great you got tenure congratulations!

I’m retired since spring 2013. Still try to keep in touch but I’m glad I don’t have to show up to teach anymore.


philiplu says:

Thank you, Peter. I still think back to what you taught my younger self. Now I’m the one teaching administrative law classes focused on the environment. -Phil

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