Kicking off the autumn with some rhubarbs

Today we had the first lab meeting fort the semester. One good thing about it is that it happened, and it is likely to happen again. The reason? I´m not the one calling the lab meetings any more, Vendela is. Vendela Kempe Lagerholm is, together with Robert George, the new members of the group. I…

When half a year from now becomes next month

Say that someone asks you if you can go to the other side of the continent and do something work-related next month. You don´t even have to look in your calendar, next month is one of those month when you have too much to do even to go to the grocery-store. A crazy month. Actually,…

Archaeologization

With several studies submitted and out of the way (for the moment), there is room for new studies. At least till the submitted studies comes back and calls for additional analyses and more formatting work. Why Anna, Torun, and Maja called for a small war-room today. Some of our Iron-age stuff that we have been…

BBQs and submissions

Late summer 2016. Vacations are over and the sequencing facility was running at full force again. Our libraries were lining up. At that moment we were participating in one mitochondrial manuscript with another laboratory, but apart from that nothing much had reached the manuscript-stage. It had now been close to two years we had been…

Former Ph.D. students

I spent the morning chatting with a PI on another continent that was once my Ph.D. student. This former student of mine is now setting up an aDNA facility, and is planning for future work as well as for ongoing projects. All of these plans are naturally organised to support the new team, but I…

Marie Curie days

These are application-times again. Now for the EU financed Marie Curie postdocs. Those have been around for a while in different shapes and versions. I applied for mine back in 2000, but back in those days they were not as good as they are now. I remember being granted both my MC application, and a…

While the cat’s away

So, full activity in June, to get as much as possible done before vacation. Submissions for sequencing, writing manuscripts, preparing for autumn-journeys, everything. And then four weeks of vacation. I did pop in a few times when I was in town, hard to leave it all alone. Cause much of the rest of the group…

One day at METU makes a hard man humble…

Two working-days at METU in Ankara. What to do with them? Prepare for several EU applications, or revise a manuscript that had been on review in a journal, or participate in a population-genetic skype-meeting with Greece, or participate in a meta-genomic discussion, or plan the analyses of a dataset, or plan for new sample applications,…

Good news comes with the end of vacations

I have decided to go on vacation more often. The reason being that there has been much good news these first days since I came back (well, I´m really not back yet, at least not officially). Thus, if I go on vacation every Monday, and come back to this kind of news every Tuesday, it…

Vacation is over

One of my former bosses once told me that it is not always easy to get good researchers, so one will have to live with what he gets. Well, I don´t know where, or how he is looking, but I feel sorry for him. After a few weeks of vacation, I came back to what…

Submitting, the end-game

I came in to work today, and there was Ricardo submitting a manuscript with some support from Maja. It is actually amazing when a project reaches this stage, that a project reaches this stage. First it is an idea and the material is collected. It is all fresh here, a new cool idea. Then it…