Matthew gave a talk to the Department of Otolaryngology and the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the University of Washington. The weather was gloomy, but the place was full of vitality and energy. He met with lots of people, and caught up with several old acquaintances. All were doing really interesting work. It was a great visit.
The lab got together at the Xu-Friedman house to mark Victoria's departure. She goes off to Albany for a Master's program in Forensics. Her going-away gift was her favorite genotyping result, rendered in blanket form by Sophie X-F. We hope this will be a good memento. And so practical too! Best of luck to Victoria in her new endeavors!
Matthew made his annual pilgrimage to the Ion Channels course at Cold Spring Harbor. The lecture and lab went very well this year, although the M&M's demonstration was marred by one student's finding a half a quantum, which seems illegal. It is always fun to share in the intense and energetic atmosphere. Matthew owes this opportunity to Stephan Brenowitz, who invited him to take part many years ago. Matthew also found time to catch up with Connor Cook, who is attending NYITCOM nearby.
Matthew, Nicole, and Maggie attended the IHLC in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The program committee, spear-headed by Steve Lomber, put together a terrific group of talks and posters, with really interesting and varied perspectives. Matthew managed to sneak in a rather cellular talk about the effects of noise on synapses, and Nicole presented a poster of her work. The venue was really beautiful, and commuting each day past blooming cherry orchards made for a memorable week.
Matthew gave a talk in a symposium organized by Michael Pecka and Andrea Lingner, "Short-term adaptation in early auditory processing: from synaptic depression to focal perception". The session included talks by Henrique von Gersdorff, Israel Nelken, Andrea, Elisa Krächan, and Jörg Encke. We had a great dinner together to celebrate, where the restaurant owner shared his love of gin with us. It was such an honour to be involved, and great to catch up with many friends.
Matthew was invited by Michael Pecka to visit the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, near Munich in the village of Martinsreid. It was a trip down Memory Lane for Matthew, who spent an idyllic month here in 2011. It is a great place for auditory neuroscience, and he got to talk over science with a bunch of the denizens. Hope it won't be another eight years before he can come through again!
Nicole wins another poster award, this time at the Biological Sciences Research Symposium. (pictured here with Guolei Zhao, Aditi Chaubey, Aditi Prabhaker, Paul Gollnick, Jerry Koudelka and Chris Rupert)
The lab moved down to the newly-renovated space on the fifth floor. We're still adjusting but we have already started to do experiments! We hope this will be a happy place for us for years to come. If you need to find us we will be in Hochstetter 540.