Congratulations to Lauren Grubb and Danielle Ciren, who were both awarded Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRA) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to work in our lab this summer. NSERC-USRAs are prestigious national scholarships awarded to top undergraduate students to undertake an independent research project.
Nicholas Provart (the BARtender) and Darrell Desveaux invited me to give a seminar at the Department of Cell and Systems Biology on Friday. It was wonderful to visit my alma mater - I caught up with past mentors and old friends, discussed research advances, and picked up useful tips for my research program. Nick and Darrell were superb hosts, treating me to a delicious meal at Rasa (go for the roasted Brussels spouts, stay for the gnudi). I had a great time!