I feel much more like a scientist these days than I did 6 months ago. I am beginning to formalize my research plans and goals, and feel generally less clueless. I am in the stages of preparing for this summer's research cruise, and also starting to think about my oral (scary!) qualifying exams that are going to happen some time next September... that reminds me, I need to add "schedule quals" to my ever growing to-do list. Apparently professors schedule's fill up months ahead of time, and getting 4 of them together in a room is quite a scheduling feat.
I got to travel to (sunny!) California last week for a conference on microbial genomics and metagenomics. Basically I spent the week starting at screens (computer and projector) thinking about how to deal with absurdly large data sets that are generated by sequencing DNA from environmental samples.
So that's me in a nutshell (help! im in a nut shell! - sorry couldn't resist). If you are actually reading this consider leaving me a comment... I am debating whether or not to keep this blog going, and that partially depends on whether or not there is actually anybody following me anymore.