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Archives for May, 2008

Because it’s my birthday

You’ve gotta love Astrud …

Stephen Colbert, Microbe Fan

OK this is an attempt to revive the blog. This entry is inspired by a talk given about a month ago by my mentor, Tom Rapoport. I hope that it will be the first of a series of posts where I ramble on about what we don’t know. In each post I’ll discuss a topic…

Quick Entry

No I’m not dead. I have been performing some tricky bucket biochemistry, traveling to Montreal every second weekend, taking care of the upcoming season of NERD talks, dealing with job applications, supervising a rotation student and will soon be supervising an undergrad. How do young PIs have time to blog????

I’ve been receiving requests from the newest networking program. I’ve given up fighting and just joined in. So what’s special about this new networking site? Well, in contrast to LinkedIn there are special features that are more applicable to academics in general. For example you can add papers and awards to your profile. And unlike…

I heard Sachs being interviewed in the latest Nature Podcast. Oliver Morton: I think one of the striking things, Jeff that you say very early on in [your new book, ‘Commonwealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet’] is that the great crisis point is that we have a unified global economy and a divided global society…

Bonne fete des Patriotes

This weekend I was back up in Montreal for my brother’s wedding. It was actually held in St Antoine sur-le-Richelieu, a little picturesque town east of the city. This hamlet was also the site of a famous battle between the Brits and the local heroes, Les Patriotes.

The Age of Scarcity?

Or is it the age of Malthus? To think that our natural resources can last forever is one of our society’s greatest myths. As the world population rises and the standard of living in the developing world increases, the capability to cloth, feed and provide energy through non-renewable resources will inevitably diminish. A couple of…

Friday I was supposed to meet up with Mike Springer from the Kirchner lab. At some point Mike and I had set up a collaboration in order to figure out what was so special about little regions of the genome that encode signal sequences. (To read more on my paper and what we did click…

An attempt to reason out loud

The lack of posts has been epic. Sorry life has been just too hectic. I’ll give you a flavor: Running around. Setting up experiments. Training young rotation students. Off to Microbiology seminar. Off to Cell Biology talk. Off to Montreal. Where next? Vacation? Need to lengthen those telomeres. Paris, Munich, Reykjavik. Convoluta Roscoffensis. Need to…