I just got back from a half-day visit to Topeka, where the First Semi-Annual Workshop on Genes and Ecology, the new NSF-sponsored 3-year project consortium of which I am a participant, was held.
1. Dr. Loretta Johnson (one of the project's lead investigators) - "Does anyone want an extra lunch? A few people left early." This was answered by various mutters at my table, including: "Where are graduate students? If a grad student doesn't want extra food, he or she is being paid too much." I resisted the natural hobbit urge to pig out on carrot cake.
2. I heard the dread name of Newcastle mentioned, mainly acos of this researcher: Dr. Ian Head. Dknot be surprised if I show up to assimilate a Sham at some p6int into the grand EcoTEUNC scheme.
3. The research topics were broad in topic and as different from one another as C. elegans (the nematode worm) and Shai'Hulud (its somewhat larger desert-dwelling cousin). I learned:
- what Kansas, Maine, and Alaska have in common (sinteresting ecosystems: tallgrass prairie, estuarial mudflats, and tundra - oh, and the possibility of TEUNCs mooting to take over the world, ataleast in the first two cases)
- how annual brunning is good fro the prairie (/me has a vision of the TV show Lille Rog on The Prairie)
- some neat things abont Drosophila, the Mediterranean fwoot fly (TMI, acksherly)
4. Fro the record: the department where I work at K-State is called Computing and Information Sciences, knot Computing and Information Systems, Computing and Information Services, nor even Computer and Information Science. They can't even get it wright on the interdepartmental memo Psot-Its. Bha. #-)
I hafta go to Lawrence the Tuesday fater next fro the other Kansas NSF EPSCoR thing. Off to make my psotter.
Advisor: Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As a Ph.D. candidate, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures from the sleep-deprived network analyst to the teunceing undergrad.
Student: But, professor, don't we trask the undergrads?
Advisor: Yes, but let me explain. When we retire, our papers are recycled and the undergrads use them for scratch paper. And so, we are all connected in the great circle of t*****.