When this post appears, I’ll be on the road to Halifax for the SMBE meeting. That’s right — on the road. As in an 18 hour drive. I’m not doing it alone, mind you. It’s me and ten other grad students and post-docs packed into two vans. And we’re not doing the whole thing in one stretch — not everyone is hardcore enough for that — so we’re spending Saturday night in Bangor, Maine. I guess that’s probably for the best because it would totally suck if we’re already burnt out by the first day of the meeting.
Anyway, for those of you going to the meeting, I’ll see you in Halifax. We’re planning a bloggers’ dinner on Tuesday night (see here), but non-bloggers are welcome to come along (if you read the blog, you’re blogger enough). I’ll be giving a talk on Tuesday afternoon (in the session on Drosophila Genome Biology) entitled, “Evolutionary fates of duplicated genes: measuring the amount of selective constraint on diverging paralogs in the Drosophila pseudoobscura genome.” I was hoping to win the contest for Longest Title Involving a Colon, but someone in my session managed to out-do me.