Happy Holidays
December 22nd, 2011

Too busy and feeling too frivolous to write much this week. Just want to send best wishes for the holidays to anyone who reads the blog. Christmas in these parts is an extended stretch of good will and good times. There are more parties to attend than most (other) Canadians ever have in a lifetime. I love that about living here. It’s all about the people—friends connecting and catching up, valuing our astonishing privilege and good fortune. Academics can be such whiners, but all of that tends to vanish around now. There’s way too much to feel good about. I’ll be back at this page after a couple of weeks of bloglessness. Best wishes to all!

Dr. Faye Murrin is Dean pro tempore of the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. She completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) at Memorial University, her M.Sc. at Acadia University, and her Ph.D. at Queen's University. Her research interests have always been focused on fungi, in particular the cell biology of insect pathogenic fungi and, more recently, the ecology of mycorrhizal mushrooms in the boreal forest. Dr. Murrin has served in a number of positions on the Council of the Mycological Society of America and was awarded the title of MSA Fellow for her contributions. She was awarded the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Membership Award as founding co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Summer Program. Dr. Murrin participates in public lectures and workshops, and is a Director on the board of Newfoundland Foray, Inc.

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