We have some great stuff in the hopper.
Immediate data flow is rocking, I get PI crack updates every few days that are fun and fascinating.
Middle term, the projects themselves are on track and doing what they are supposed to be doing, I.e. turning up unexpected leads for more studies. Moar! I say!
Long term we have almost a programmatic effort going on at least two things I've been working on for a couple, three years.
The last is my *job*, of course. That's what the PI is supposed to be doing. Getting the several year plan harmonized into a program of investigation. Lining up the people, of course. And the funding. And wrangling the local institution into doing what you need it to do.
The data-crack is undeniable. It is a powerful and immediate reinforcer. So are new hypotheses and unexpected results that need to be figured out, investigated and nailed down with more data.
But the *programmatic* successes?
I like my job quite a lot today.