Friday, September 30, 2011


Two weeks in a row, I have completely forgotten about lab meeting. I can't even explain what's going on. Either I forget that it's a Thursday, or that we have lab meeting on Thursdays now, or that we have lab meeting in general (like, that lab meeting is a thing that my lab does, which I am expected to attend)... It's getting kind of embarrassing. Let's hope I remember next week, since it'll be my turn to present.

Although I'm apparently experiencing mild cognitive impairment, at least I've gotten some cool data recently. Go, qPCR!

Monday, September 12, 2011

OIST DNC 2011 Write-up

OIST has put up an article about the Developmental Neurobiology Course (which they shorten to DNC -- it always makes me think "Democratic National Convention") that I attended in July. I'm quoted! There are also some great pictures of the students and labs, including the one pasted below (that's me in the green tank top!).

Laura in the zebrafish lab with Dr. Ichiro Masai and DNC 2011 students

And, there's a video of us messing around in the lab! I think there should be more science-themed reality TV. Wouldn't you watch a whole hour of people doing experiments (and getting frustrated when they don't work)?

I haven't seen any information about a 2012 DNC, but I will definitely keep you posted about any future neuroscience courses at OIST. The 2011 OISTers are already planning our SfN meetup!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More advice for new grad students

Today I spotted a couple of links that might be of interest to all the science n00bs in the house: some tips from faculty, to go along with all the advice that I like to spout off around here.

Dr. Free-Ride's Advice for the new grad student

Prof-Like Substance's letter to new grad students

Are you new to grad school? How's it going?