Moving to Illinois

The more avid readers (that’s you, mom!) may have noticed a lack of activity on the blog of late.  Life has intruded.  Next week I will be leaving my job at the University of Arizona and taking a new one in Illinois.  This means tying up loose ends on the beetle project, saying goodbye to friends, and moving a house.   Full-on blogging will resume by mid-August, I presume, once the dust has settled.

There is much I will miss about Tucson, but on the other hand I’ll be joining the Entomology Department at Champaign-Urbana, one of the world’s finest centers of insect research.


  1. #1 Mme Mole
    July 26, 2008

    Welcome to the midwest! (I’m in Terre Haute, Indiana)

  2. #2 kevin z
    July 26, 2008

    Congratulations! UIUC is OK, lots of nice areas to haunt though. Hope you like rivers and bugs of the annoying kind. My family has a tradition at UIUC, I have 2 cousins there now. My friend just left a postdoc there (entomology too) for a tenure track position in Washington. I grew up a little bit north in Moline.

  3. #3 RBH
    July 26, 2008

    Mme Mole beat me to it, but I’ll add a welcome from Ohio.

  4. #4 James C. Trager
    July 26, 2008

    Hi Alex:

    I don’t have to tell you how great it will be to have another taxonomically oriented ant buff just a bit over three hours drive from here. I am a bit embarrassed that I haven’t done any serious sorting at the ant collection there, so when you see it, don’t blame me, heh, heh.

    Welcome to the region!

  5. #5 Scott
    July 26, 2008

    Good going on the position. Camponotus?

  6. #6 Ted C. MacRae
    July 26, 2008

    Welcome to my neck of the woods (I’m in St. Louis). Maybe someday we can meet up and you can show me the secret to fantastic macrophotos!

  7. #7 Jack Jumper
    July 26, 2008

    Alex You forgot your avid readers down under

  8. #8 Rick
    July 26, 2008

    Welcome to the Midwest, Alex.

    — Rick

  9. #9 Jim Lemire
    July 27, 2008

    Congrats on the new job, Alex. Trading the 110 degrees of Tuscon with the whipping winds of the midwest, huh?

    Good luck!

  10. #10 Jim Lemire
    July 27, 2008

    Oh, say hi to Brenda Molano-Flores for me if she’s still there at UIUC.

  11. #11 Dan
    July 28, 2008

    Congrats on the position!

  12. #12 Mom
    July 31, 2008

    Hey Alex (and Jo) – don’t know how I’m going to survive without my daily fix on myrmecos. Good luck on your move. Will be looking forward to your next installment…. XXXMom

  13. #13 Marvin
    August 1, 2008

    Best of luck with the new job and move.

  14. #14 Ant
    August 1, 2008

    You’re moving the house too? 😀

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