08/31/10 Lecture

Tomorrow is the first official day of lecture and lab. For those of you who have made great progress on your abstract, I would like you to post it here on our new website: http://aptamerstream.blogspot.com. I've made instructions for how to do so and I will talk about it more in lecture tomorrow. I want as many abstracts up here as possible so we can discuss them in small groups. Therefore, please bring your laptops to lecture. You should have gotten an e-mail shortly inviting you to become an author. If not, let me know and I will invite you.

For those freaking out on targets, you are always welcome to pick another project on the site or a different target (all targets we've ever worked on and still have available in lab are being posted to this site). For instance, Alec and his brother are working on some fluorescent proteins we have in lab. So, don't freak out. If you want to work on something mildly related to aptamer research and not selection, propose it instead. I'm open to whatever so long as we have the resources in lab to perform the required work.

If you are still stuck, e-mail me and let me know. This fall isn't about you flailing blindly, but rather you working independently and making progress. It may take a little effort to get you off on your independent track. That's fine. Also, for those who didn't work over the summer you WILL FEEL LOST for the first week or so as you get back into the swing of things. This is normal. In fact, the students who returned for summer research in June after 3 short weeks from the end of spring also had the panic lost feeling. You are in good company. Don't freak out. It's kinda like riding a bike. You will pick it up faster this time, but you will make mistakes. Accept it and move on, learning from those mistakes.

Cheers, and looking forward to A.) half off pepperoni rolls from DD cart and B.) lecture tomorrow.

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