by syaffolee

Conference Stuff and Other Things: Tuesday in Brief

*Morning caffeine!

*Met a grad student whose airline lost her luggage and was somewhat smarting from the fact that her advisor sent her to Philly instead of Argentina.

*First lecture: well-known scientist from UCSD, place was packed.

*Rushed across the convention center having absolutely no idea where I was going. ASM needs more signs to the rooms in the Marriott.

*Second lecture: by a prof I had during my undergrad. If you look into the really old archives of this blog, I called him toupee prof. Nowadays, he has dispensed with the toupee and shaved what was left of his hair.

*Third lecture: Found out something new–some people use turkeys as a model system.

*Fourth lecture: You know all those TV documentaries about ecosystems at underwater hot vents? Some of the stuff they’re blabbering about is hot air.

*Played phone tag with advisor.

*Wandered around the vendors. Got lots of free swag (mostly pens).

*Wandered over to the poster area. Found advisor.

*Lunch!

*Wandered around the ASM bookstore. Saw some old guy deliberately looking for all the books that he wrote chapters in.

*Fifth lecture: The first slide said “SEX” in really big letters. But the lecture wasn’t really about any sort of sex (bacterial or otherwise) at all. I think some people left disappointed shortly after the talk began.

*Sixth lecture: I was totally not expecting a particular topic. Nothing inherently wrong about the subject–but the topic has a tranquilizing effect on my brain. Left soon afterwards.

*Seventh, eighth, and ninth lectures: all about multi-drug resistance in bacteria. Cool stuff. Tangentially gave me ideas about my own project.

*Tenth lecture: The speaker got several kooky questions from an obvious fanatic of organics. Excellent comeback, “In the interest of time, I can’t answer all of your questions…”

*Eleventh lecture: The speaker completely ignores the commercial implications of BSE-free cows in favor of scientific applications.

*Twelfth lecture: Wow. I couldn’t believe that those human volunteers volunteered to be infected, again.

*Dinner!

*Advisor told me a story about his first encounter with a certain well-known scientist. This well-known scientist, apparently, was buck naked at the time.