I woke up two hours early today with brain obsessing over our next research priorities, thanks to the meeting. Working as intended then.
For some reason I didn't get around to visiting a single exhibitor other than NIH. First time for everything, right?
It is really great to see so many of the online people I've met through blogging and to see them succeeding with their science and careers.
The postdocs who have left our department in recent years for faculty jobs are kicking all kinds of science booty and that is nice to see.
Talk to Program, talk to Program, talk to Program.......
Catching up with the science homie(s) that you've known since postdoc or grad school is good for the soul. Dedicate one night for that.
Don't bad talk anyone in the hearing of relative strangers.....really, you can't know who likes and respects who and science is very small. I know 30,000 attendees makes you think it is large but....it isn't.
Gossip about who is looking to find a new job....see above.
I ran into the AE who decided not to bother finding reviewers for our paper whilst at SfN and heroically, HEROICALLY people, managed not to demand immediate action.
A little bummed I missed the Backyard Brains folks this year...anybody see what shenanigans they are up to now?
You know when you go over to meet and butter up some PI, trainees? Don't worry, it's awkward from our end too.