Rushing to write a little here after three long weeks off the blog.
March 7th, 2014

Rushing to write a little here after three long weeks off the blog. I have been traveling again, although this time back to the sunny-friendly island of St Martin in the Caribbean. It’s an annual pilgrimage of the mind and body, and highly recommended for all Canadians who are dreaming of better climes. There is nothing sweeter than getting off an Air Canada jet in the middle of the sultry tropics—in February.

Friends and colleagues love to say –“keep your cell l phone at home” or “don’t bother checking in: just go and relax.” Honestly, I don’t know what they are talking about. How is it possible to turn off the world for any longer than a week? I can’t, and never will. The thought of returning home after a couple of weeks away without ever having checked in with the office or answered emails just gives me a headache. The sheer anxiety of not paying attention would destroy my vacation. Besides, there is something oddly comforting about reading emails of home on a white-hot sandy beach. I wasn’t the only one. Vacation spots now carry through the air the familiar ringtones of vibrating mobiles and the familiar pings of incoming mail. There’s no shame in it. One simply must keep up.

Speaking of which, it’s just too busy a week of catch-up to say more for now. My metabolism hasn’t quite kicked into northern Canadian mode, and I am not over the shock of the deep freeze.


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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