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Vibes for a research meeting this week!

post #1 of 14
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Well, I'm leaving for an international research meeting on Wednesday, and I have to say, I'm getting kind of nervous! I'm finishing up my poster of the research I've done (or plan to do) that I'll have to present to people as they walk by.

I'm also having a recurrence of my tension headaches right now (blah!) so I'm trying to work past the aching head and neck and the nausea, though Excedrin is helping with that.


If you guys would send some vibes and prayers that I don't say something really stupid during my meeting, I would really appreciate it! I'm supposed to be an "expert" in all this, but I really feel like a newbie!
post #2 of 14
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Well, I'm leaving for an international research meeting on Wednesday...If you guys would send some vibes and prayers that I don't say something really stupid during my meeting, I would really appreciate it! I'm supposed to be an "expert" in all this, but I really feel like a newbie!
The only posters I've had to do were for my college thesis (boy, did I feel like a phony, not an expert at all !) I can't wait for one of those "meetings/conferences" that happen somewhere neat -- I heard there's a big plastic surgeons meeting in Greece this summer . Or, how about a research conference in Hawaii next time??

Expert vibes headed your way!

P.S. What's your research on?
post #3 of 14
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I'm working on the relationship between genetics and behavior in the nematode worm C. elegans. Its the end of my first year in this lab, and its a new lab, so things are sort of slow to start off, but I hope it really gets going soon.

This particular meeting is in Los Angeles, which is cool, but I think some of the international meetings are in London and I've never been to Europe, so that would be cool if we could afford to go.

What did you do your college thesis on? Mine didn't require us to do theses to graduate - nice at the time, but now it might have been good to get the experience!
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What did you do your college thesis on? Mine didn't require us to do theses to graduate - nice at the time, but now it might have been good to get the experience!
Majored in Molecular Biology, thesis on CMV (cytomegalovirus), was trying to develop an antibody to characterize a matrix protein...was a lab-rat-indentured-student/servant, but bad luck with experiments & not enough time . I swear, everything junior year was about C. elegans...the most popoular worm ever, huh?

P.S. I wanted to major in German Lit or Romance Languages & Lit -- but my parents were, like -- do something practical! In retrospect, should have gone with the Lit b/c it didn't matter .

P.P.S. About feeling unprepared -- one of the people I had to defend my thesis in front of was a virology prof who was an editor of a big virology text -- and I never took his class ...b/c I wanted to take a Lit class instead !! Boy was I nervous! (He turned out not to be too brutal on me ).
post #5 of 14
Aw, don't sweat it. People don't scrutinize the posters too much.
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Majored in Molecular Biology, thesis on CMV (cytomegalovirus), was trying to develop an antibody to characterize a matrix protein...was a lab-rat-indentured-student/servant, but bad luck with experiments & not enough time . I swear, everything junior year was about C. elegans...the most popoular worm ever, huh?

P.S. I wanted to major in German Lit or Romance Languages & Lit -- but my parents were, like -- do something practical! In retrospect, should have gone with the Lit b/c it didn't matter .

P.P.S. About feeling unprepared -- one of the people I had to defend my thesis in front of was a virology prof who was an editor of a big virology text -- and I never took his class ...b/c I wanted to take a Lit class instead !! Boy was I nervous! (He turned out not to be too brutal on me ).

I definitely know about bad luck in experiments! I seem to have a lot of that lately.

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Aw, don't sweat it. People don't scrutinize the posters too much.
I know, but its going to feel like everyone's interrogating me anyways.
post #7 of 14
good luck, i hope that everythings goes well
and what research ?
post #8 of 14
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I'm working on the relationship between genetics and behavior in the nematode worm C. elegans. Its the end of my first year in this lab, and its a new lab, so things are sort of slow to start off, but I hope it really gets going soon.
nevermind, the question i just saw that.
after reading that, now i have a headache can you spare some drugs please
post #9 of 14
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lol Its really not all that bad. Except our data isn't fitting together so well right now, but its early still. There's a lot for us still to explore.
post #10 of 14
Good luck!!
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lol Its really not all that bad. Except our data isn't fitting together so well right now, but its early still. There's a lot for us still to explore.

lol, for over 10 years now i have had chat friend from vietnam, who was into microbioglay(see i cant even spell it) and she used to sit there and tell all this stuff on her research on mosquitoes and dengue fever(she had lost 2 litttle sisters to it) , I used to sit there with medical dictory so i could understand what she was telling me man did that make my head hurt. But i guess i did learn alot of information.

Now she lives here in the US and does cancer research along with still doing the other in her spare time.(sometimes she still makes my head hurt)
post #12 of 14
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Yeah, research can get really complicated. You're constantly making guesses as to what's happening, and then you have to change it the next day because your data went all funny!

It makes my head hurt sometimes too.
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Good luck!!

Thanks!
post #14 of 14
Good luck!!! I hope everything goes well for you!
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