Some nights when sleeping in a hot non-air conditioned room with your windows open you just can’t sleep. Last night was one of those nights unfortunately. But I still had to go to the conference.
The keynote speaker today was awesome! Hal Herzog. He wrote Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Kill. His talk was about doing science well and communicating science well. He emphasized the importance of being skeptical of our own field and not overstating our results. My advisor Dr. Marguerite O’Haire (Magge) got mentioned a bunch for her awesome work. And Dr. Alan Beck from Purdue also got his picture up there. 🙂
The talks were good. I got to network with several big names and talk about future work. I did not win the poster competition but got told it was extremely close and likely I was a close second. Maggie did win the award as a New Investigator which was pretty awesome!
For dinner we went to dinner at Baccara. So delicious. The sangria, the paella, the general vibe, a seat by the window. We ordered vegetable paella and it was delicious. So great. We went with 7 of us from the conference.
After dinner it was home to pack, clean, and go to bed!