Thanks to UFAW…

12 06 2018

… for some nice publicity for Andrea (below, except unlike the press release they don’t actually mention her, grrr), and a fabulous summer scholarship for Aileen!


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And text of the week

10 06 2018

Exchange between me and Michelle on Thursday:


She has to design and build a way to keep zebra fish in a series of overflowing tanks of warm water (think infinity pools for tropical fish) without them getting swept away.

But what with some materials leaching into water, others bending when they get warm, and her not being allowed to use the Hagen Lab‘s saws herself, the process was starting to drive her insane. Luckily Misha came to the rescue with his own ideas and equipment (he is basically the main reason we would cope with a zombie apocalypse).

Quote of the week

10 06 2018

OK it may have been last week or the week before. But it’s this: “I think we’d all be GREAT in a zombie apocalypse!”, from Aimee, when our weekly lab meeting was suddenly interrupted by a very loud electronic wailing noise outside, as if the end of the world was being signaled. Good to know, Aimee!

And about time too!

27 05 2018

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Miranda’s big day is coming up

25 04 2018

Miranda’s thesis, not yet bedecked with the traditional gazillion post-its, but all ready for her defence on Friday!


My favourite typo

25 04 2018

This lovely typo crops up regularly.

Or perhaps they really do mean “involving very bad curtains”?


UBC visit

23 04 2018

UBC welfare conf signI had a great trip to Vancouver (and Vancouver Island) last month. I’d been invited to speak at UBC’s Pre-veterinary and Animal Welfare Club, who were organising a symposium on lab animal welfare.

First, there was a good day with Dan, Nina and the welfare group, including a journal club on a paper I’d long meant to read (“Horses can learn to use symbols to communicate their preferences”: not convinced this is true communication, but still impressive how fast the horses learned the task). Next, the conference itself, which was was excellent. The other speakers were Joanna Makowska, Cathy Shuppli and Elisabeth Ormandy and the tiny bit of pre-planning we did made our talks fit together (almost disproportionately) perfectly.   Below, me looking vaguely Joan of Arc-like, and chatting with step-son Griffin who’d come over from his new home in Sooke.


(And I then had a two day “essence of BC” holiday next, seeing seals, bald eagles and an addict shooting up in a doorway, along with getting to fly in a seaplane).