Congrats to Cord!

One of our star undergrad students, Cord Helken, presented his research at the CURO symposium on April 3. The symposium was great and featured some real undergraduate stars at UGA. Cord even got to present his poster to the Provost (who was impressed)!

Cord at CURO

Communicating Science

It is important to communicate science to the public, perhaps more now than ever. I just dug out a video that was made of a talk that I gave at the UAB Metabolomics Workshop in 2015. Steve Barnes, the director of that workshop and metabolomics efforts at UAB invited me to give this talk.

We welcome immigrants!

Science is an international activity, which makes it incredibly rich and diverse. I’ve often thought that scientists–who are used to collaborating with people throughout the world–should be in politics more often. In science, if someone is smart and talented it doesn’t matter where they are from, what religion they practice, their ethnicity, their gender, or who they love. Over the years, the Edison lab has had a very diverse group of members, all of whom have contributed significantly to our efforts. Here is a list of some of countries (outside the USA) that we have had represented in the lab over the years:

China, India, Greece, France, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Turkey, Australia, Macedonia, Nepal, Nigeria, Venezuela, Egypt, Kuwait, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Pakistan, Syria

These people are wonderful and have made our research possible, and I’m lucky to have known and worked with them. We are a nation of immigrants, and this is our biggest strength as a country.

Gravitational waves

No, we haven’t gotten into metabolomics of gravitational waves, but we did have a wonderful visit from Dave Reitze, Executive Director of LIGO. Dave is a friend from UF and the NHMFL, and he stopped by the CCRC before his wonderful public lecture on the detection of gravitational waves. Check out this short video with Dave telling us how it works. What exciting science!

Dave and Art in front of the CCRC 900.

A day of service

Athens is a great town, with a bunch of nice restaurants, fantastic music, and art. And of course, there is UGA! We are also rich in civil rights and community activism. I think it is important to be involved in community events, especially related to civil rights.

Athens, like many towns across the country, celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. today. The morning was dedicated to a day of service and the afternoon was the first MLK day parade. I love to participate in these things, because they provide the “glue” in a community. Athens has some very dedicated and wonderful people, and I was happy to spend the day celebrating with them.

The morning included a welcome gathering with Life the Griot (aka Lemuel Laroche). He gave a very inspiring talk.

There was a large and diverse crowd at the MLK day of service event.

My wife and I worked at the Gospel Pilgram Cemetery clearing the grave sites from overgrown brush. It is an African American cemetery that was used by people who could not afford burials.

Here is one of the graves that I cleaned up today.

I met new friends today. This is a group of fly fishermen who are trying to raise awareness of global warming. Good group of activists!

Food Truck!

The CCRC is a wonderful research facility doing first-class glycobiology. And the people are great colleagues. But until today there has been no food service beyond vending machines. The UGA Taco truck saved the day! It was very popular and a fun social event. The cauliflower quesadilla was tasty! We hope this will be a weekly event, at least!

Congratulations to Rahil!

Rahil Taujale (second year IOB student co-mentored with Prof. Kannan) became a training fellow in the Glycobiology Training Program in the CCRC!

This is very well-deserved, as Rahil is making great progress on constructing a phylogeny of glycosyl transferases.

Congrats, Rahil!!