I’ve not been blogging lately because I have managed to convince myself that blogging was taking time away from other things I need to be doing, which I feel I need to focus on. The most important thing at the moment is to get a paper done, which will be the backbone of my thesis. Clearly, it is high priority, however, it’s becoming harder and harder not to talk about things that are going on, so I thought I’d interrupt my “non-blogging” with a few quick updates. I have a whole list of topics I’m dying to write about, but just haven’t found the time to work on yet, but trust me, they will get done. Moving along….
First, I’m INCREDIBLY happy that I’ve been invited to attend and blog the Copenhagenomics 2011 conference (June 9/10, 2011). I’m not being paid, but the organizers are supporting my travel and hotel (and presumably waiving the conference fee), so that I can do it. That means, of course, that I’ll be working hard to match or exceed what I was able to do for AGBT 2011. And, of course, I’ll be taking a few days to see some of Denmark and presumably do some photography. Travel, photography, science and blogging! What a week that’ll be!
Anyhow, this invitation came just before the wonderful editorial in Nature Methods, in which social media is discussed as a positive scientific communication for conference organizers. I have much to say on this issue, but I don’t want to get into it at the moment. It will have to wait till I’m a few figures further in my paper, but needless to say, I believe very strongly in it and think that conferences can get a lot of value out of supporting bloggers.
Moving along (again), I will also be traveling in June to give an invited talk, which will be my first outside of Vancouver. Details have not been arranged yet, but once things are settled down, I’ll definitely share some more information.
And, a little closer to home, I’ve been invited to sit on a panel for VanBug (the Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) on their “Careers in Bioinformatics” night (April 14th). Apparently, my bioinformatics start-up credentials are still good and I’ve been told I’m an interesting speaker. (In case you’re wondering, I will do my best to avoid suggesting a career as a permanent graduate student…) Of course, I’m looking forward to sitting on a panel with the other speakers: Dr. Inanc Birol, Dr. Ben Good and Dr. Phil Hieter – all of whom are better speakers than I am. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with all of them at one point or another and found them to be fascinating people. In fact, I took my very first genomics course with Dr. Hieter nearly a decade ago, in an interesting twist of fate. (You can find the poster for the event here.)
Even with just the few things I’ve mentioned above, the next few months should be busy, but I’m really excited. Not only can I start to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for grad school, I’m really starting to get excited about what comes after that. It’s hard to not want to work, when you can see the results taking shape infront of your eyes. If only there were a few more hours in the day!