Not much time here today
October 26th, 2012

Not much time here today. I am writing this in the Air Canada Lounge at Pearson, about to board a flight to Newark. From there I will head to New Brunswick, New Jersey, home of Rutgers University and the site of a conference I am helping plan for next spring. This weekend is the planning meeting. That’s my laptop you see before you, about to be filled with the words I am typing now. How’s that for a meta-blog experience? I wanted to take a shot of the people around me, almost all of whom are staring down at their laptops or texting, but that would be obvious and rude. The only people talking are doing so way too loudly into their phones about personal matters in which no one else has even the slightest interest.

I expect New Brunswick NJ to be not at all like New Brunswick, Canada, but we’ll see. For starters, there are a lot of Italians in New Jersey and apparently great Italian food where I am heading. Something to live for.

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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