|Sunrise early on the first day of the meeting.|
|Stevison Lab + an AU groupie.|
Hosted at a 4-H club, it's not your typical scientific meeting. They kick it off with a campfire and a keg, followed by a very full day of talks. There is some free time in the afternoon to enjoy the scenery (see pictures!). After dinner, there is a keynote, often from the home institution, and a poster session. Second night features another campfire before the morning of talks and a bittersweet departure. It felt like summer camp for all my science buddies!
|Sunset through the moss covered trees.|
As a new faculty, I am recruiting pretty heavily to get folks interested in my lab and this small meeting is a great place to reach undergrads interested in grad school at a key time in the process of applying. But it is also a great way to connect with my regional institutions. This summer at the much larger and formal evolution meetings, I had friendly faces in the crowd that were in my corner. It felt nice belonging to this much larger Southeastern community of scientists.
|My grad student talking at his poster.|
|Kayaking on Cherry Lake.|