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Daily routine

7:00 am coffeeeeeeeeeee8:00 am more coffeeeeee9:00 am more coffee maybe shower, maybe already showered. Regardless let's assume already showered10:00 get to work/lab If I car pool this means getting dropped off at the St. Paul campus and taking the shuttle bus to near where I work, if I don't car pool this means parking next to my building and kicking...

How the Coronavirus and Flu Are Not the Same

There has been much attention, too much in my opinion, comparing SARS-CoV-2 with Influenza B. SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza B are the specific names for the viruses in question when we generally short hand Coronavirus and Flu, there are many types of coronaviruses, including SARS, MERS, and some versions of the common cold (although most colds are caused...

What I read 2019

A      The Shining by Stephen King. Excellent book! Saw the great movie of the same name. They're different, I'll leave it at that.C-      Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu: The Adventures of the Deadly Dimensions by Lois H. Gresh. If you want to combine two distinct universe into one and spend a few hours on the beach reading about it, this one's for you....

I am Lazarus

So dustyLook I haven't blogged in ~forever but now is as good a time as any to post something. As a PI trying to run a lab, teach effectively, raise a young adult, be a partner, have my own time not necessarily in this order, this has been a stressful few years. (#thankgodfortenure).Regardless, its time to reset and recharge while in the midst of my...

What I Read (2018)

B High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz. Final of the trilogy. I like the antagonism between some leaders of the major religion (Christianity) and Deryni magic (I read as a proxy for science). Ending was abrupt, I didn't have a good reason to believe the war would actually be averted that easily.F War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Basically the Kardashians for...

Manifestation of Prof Stress

The Spring semester has ended, which means something from a teaching perspective but not from a research perspective. At least that's true for me. I know others can vary in their teaching/research mileage. For me, teaching is basically a fall/spring semester concern. I do teach a couple of weeks during the summer, but this requires little prep work...

What I Read (2017)

(Grade A-F, no E's) Title-Author Additional thoughtsC+     The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. An alternate history where the axis wins WWII and life in the US under oppression. Many story lines that were linked, but he connections seemed weak. Still not sure about the importance of the man in the high castle (although he moved) other than...

Eukaryotic Microbiology: The Blogs Are Coming

Despite my desire to keep updating the blog with course information, which has been an abject failure in regards to updates, I still want to post when I can. To be fair, I'm behind on grading, so I can't in good conscience be blogging about the course when assignments need to be graded.However, I'll take a minute to make this brief post. It's getting...

Eukaryotic Micro: Week 3 the last of the fungi

So this week (actually last week) we covered what is probably the last unit concerning fungi: Cryptococcus neoformans. The first two weeks covered two ascomycetes, Candida albicans and Fusaruim species, and now we move over to the basidiomycetes, otherwise known as 'if I asked you to draw a fungus this is what you would draw'.The primary research papers...

Eukaryotic Microbiology: Two Weeks In

Have the second week of Eukaryotic Microbiology in the books (except for some residual grading to complete). So far we've covered Candida albicans and two Fusarium spp. Last week was C. albicans and we discussed two papers. (I'm not including the review articles students read at the beginning of each week.):An isochromosome confers drug resistance in...

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