I really wanted to write a decently long blog this week…
July 15th, 2014


I really wanted to write a decently long blog this week but at this moment I am still scrambling to finish everything I can before heading out of town for a while. I am counting on next week’s postcard coming from Portland, Oregon, where I will be attending the annual Council of Graduate Schools Summer Deans’ Institute, always a conference highlight. I will be leading a session on interdisciplinary challenges, one of those chestnuts that just keep turning up at events like this. From there I will head further across the seas to Harbin, China, more than half way round the world from home. A bunch of Canadians are meeting with the Chinese to discuss the potential for joint degree collaborations. I really don’t like leaving St. John’s when the weather is so sultry and inviting but, well, somebody‘s gotta do it… and to a Canadian on the east coast both Oregon and China are exotic destinations. All I know about Portland I know from watching the hilarious satiric cable series, Portlandia, a perfectly executed homage to that city’s evident eccentricities. It’s like the anti-Seattle, which itself is an alt city. Portland looks so laid back I might have to be pushed on a plane to Beijing. That’s where I head to connect to Harbin, which is north and close to Russia. I don’t know much about it except that it boasts a spectacular ice sculpture festival in winter, as you would.

I’ll try make the most of all that newness, I am sure.


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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