Monday, March 31, 2008
Good Times at NBGSC 2008
I have a new post up on my Nature Network blog about the value of attending small or regional science conferences, coming coincidentally after the most recent Northeast Biology Graduate Student Conference this last weekend at the University of New England in Biddeford. Although my own presentation was a little sub-standard due to an attack of the death flu on Friday, all in all it was a wonderful reminder about the amazing coolness of science, scientists, graduate students, nature, and the northeast U.S./Canadian maritimes bioregion. I met a couple other cool folks from Halifax, which has been sort of an honorary "Portland North" in my mind after our rambunctious good time at NBGSC 2007 there last winter. I didn't have the heart to tell my Halifaxian friends that their hometown beer was terrible, but I did recommend Portland's own Allagash White to fine reviews. My only regret is that we didn't have more time to hang out in Portland the way we hung out in Halifax, but sometimes the logistics just don't go your way. Major props to the conference organizers and institutional supporters at UNE, in particular Andy Dutras.