This postcard comes to you from hot sunny dry California where I am enjoying a reunion with two old friends
August 17th, 2012

This postcard comes to you from hot sunny dry California where I am enjoying a reunion with two old friends. I took the photo last night at the Hollywood Bowl, fulfilling a long-held fantasy of mine to attend a concert there. It is situated smack in the Hollywood hills. You can squint a bit at the famous Hollywood sign in the right-hand corner of the shot. I have known the friends for almost three decades, since we were first thrown together in our tenure-track infancy at the University of Maine, Orono. One of the friends works at CALTECH and so all kinds of delicious California treats have been arranged. I have seen the Hollywood Bowl in so many films (think Rebel Without a Cause, etc.) that experiencing it had a special thrill, embracing the iconic familiarity of it all.

I don’t have much time to write this week. We are heading out into the mountains to hike and hope there won’t be any forest fires. We three amigos are catching up with tales of academic dramas and achievements, politics, and power. There’s no end of topics. I’ll be back next week when I return from La La Land.

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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