Farewell to Gavin and Selma

To celebrate Gavin’s Masters Defense and Selma’s summer project, the lab went bowling last week. We were lucky to have a special guest lab alumnus on hand. Although Selma started strong, Alex won the day with two strikes and a spare. Honourable mentions go to Mitch and Taraneh who finished …

A short re-cap of SMBE 2015

I thought it’d be nice to write a summary of my experience at SMBE before returning from Vienna. I’m sitting in the central train station here, fresh off a 12-hour train journey from Berlin. My flight back to Toronto is not for another few hours, and I finally have a …

Model organism emoji

Dear readers: I’m looking for standard emoticons for model organisms. Does anyone know where to find these? So far I found: Mouse <:3)~ Fish <))))>< What about flies, worms, arabidopsis and yeast? Is yeast just Oo ? Thanks! Alan

A study in pink or la vie en rose

Sunday mornings for me typically start with a feeling of displeasure: how could the weekend be almost over? how did I spend my time at all yesterday? … The feeling of displeasure almost consistently culminates in the feeling that anything is possible at the eleventh hour.  Strange how panic can …

Golden jellyfish!

I’m sure some of you have heard about the millions of golden jellyfish (genus Mastigias) that inhabit landlocked marine lakes in Palau. I only heard about them a couple of days ago, and I think they’re really cool! The different subspecies of golden jellyfish were effectively isolated from their ancestor (the …

2015 Conferences

Hi all, Here’s a working list of the upcoming conferences in 2015. Let me know if you know of any more so we can update the list. Conference Details Deadlines Name Location Dates Early Bird Regular Late Winter q-bio meeting Maui, Hawaii Feb 17-20 Dec 20 Jan 31 After Jan …

SMBE 2014 Day 4

It’s the end of day 4, and though we did not venture out for another round at El Hamburger, we’ve still managed to take a lot in. On my left, Alex is in bed with a can of light Puerto Rican beer. On his left lays a sleepy Gavin. One …