I’ve been attending the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in SF for the last several days. My first BPS meeting, and I’m enjoying it. Of course, my favorite part is seeing old friends: Ilya, Olgen, Julie, Polly, Stirling, Ahmet, Maxime, Stefanie, and more! I even ran into Max Berkowitz, who taught me stat mech at Chapel Hill.
The talks are generally really good and interesting. Unfortunately, a lot of the popular sessions have been so crowded that people sit on the floor in the aisle and people stand out into the hallway. I suppose that’s better than an empty room, but maybe expandable rooms could have been an option. And sooo many posters! Literally thousands every day! It’s really nice to see a lot of people scanning a majority of the poster presentations.
First, a review of mine was just accepted:
Lord, S. J.; Lee, H. D.; Moerner, W. E. Perspective: Single-Molecule Spectroscopy and Imaging of Biomolecules in Living Cells. Anal. Chem. 2010, accepted.
Also, I successfully defended my PhD last week. :)
A wonderful XKCD for Valentine’s Day:
Ubiquitous subjects are ubiquitous in chemistry. If a compound, protein, reaction, etc. really is ubiquitous, then it is likely widespread enough that you don’t have to inform everyone of its ubiquity.