Maria’s leaving dos

25 05 2017

There’ve been a series of leaving dos for Maria these last weeks. First, for her very last Behaviour Group meeIMG_4558ting in Guelph, she brought in yummy Basque quiches from Eric the Baker, so that’s the picture to the left (with Alex’s postdoc Nienke van Staaveren in the background, waiting to give a research talk on tail-biting).


Then she set off to Michigan to work on her last project there, and towards the end Steve Bursian and his wife, farm manager Angelo, and other MSU staff gave  her a send-off BBQ and ceremonial presentation of the “House 10” sign (the building in which she’s run nearly all of her experiments since the very start of her PhD in 2006, cunningly disguised as one housing turkeys). Andrea is front left, there to help collect maternal care data, and husband Andy is front right.


And then on Saturday, during her last couple of days back in Ontario (she flew to the UK on Monday), we had a party for her here. Despite the sadness of her leaving (I found myself yesterday wondering if she fancied lunch on Saturday, then realised *sob * she isn’t here!), it was really fun evening with delicious food contributed by everyone in the group. Right to left: Gary (Hazlewood), Aimee, Emma, new student Michelle, Lauren, Kirk (Rankin), Andrea, Vadim, Misha, Maria herself (holding one of her presents from us), Andy and me.

M's party May 20th 2017