It’s summer, and faculty have submitted their grades, attended their last faculty meeting, and have gleefully moved on to full-time summer research. Faculty on sabbatical have a few more precious months to wrap up the year’s worth of research projects before returning to teaching. Sabbatical is not over, but the end is in sight.
The last few weeks were a whirlwind of meetings – first to Memphis, TN to the NCWIT Summit, where I received an Undergraduate Research Mentoring award. I ate some hot chicken, saw the Grand Ole Opry, and did some novice line dancing.
I then flew to Madison, WI for the Great Lakes Bioinformatics conference. It was a great meeting – the talks presented new and innovative ideas in bioinformatics and computational biology. I gave two talks — a research talk on hypergraph connectivity measures for signaling pathway analysis and an education talk on undergraduate engagement in computational biology through conference attendance. Materials related to these talks will be posted on my website in the next few weeks.
Madison and the University’s campus has changed a lot since I was a kid, but I was excited to introduce the Great Dane Pub to some folks. I also probably talked about cheese curds more than I should have. I also caught up with other liberal arts computational biology faculty: Layla Oesper from Carleton, Catie Welsh from Rhodes, and Getiria Onsongo from Macalester. Undergraduate institutions in the midwest are certainly stepping up their computational biology game!
Summer research is now in full swing, with three students and two post-bacs working on a bunch of different projects. I’ve also taken advantage of the outstanding (dry!) Portland weather to get back into playing ultimate frisbee – my last sabbatical goal is to not get (too) injured.