posted 15 Aug 2012 08:55 by Robin Choudhury [ updated 15 Aug 2012 09:04 ]
I just got back from my first national meeting at it was amazing! Providence was the perfect town: interesting enough to attract people, not too interesting so that people would skip sessions (*cough Hawaii cough*) . I ended up joining two committees: Epidemiology and Phyllosphere Microbiology. I enjoy epidemiology and it was nice to put faces to the names of people whom I had read, but it is a very large group and it was a little daunting to speak up (I ended up sitting quietly in a corner throughout the whole committee meeting). I joined Phyllosphere Microbiology quite by accident: I was looking for something to do on Sunday morning and wandered in to a room where Johan Leveau and a few other people were sitting, and they seemed to think I was a new member! The Phyllosphere committee seems quite a bit smaller (hardly more than a dozen) with people from all sorts of disciplines but it lets me explore my interest in ecology and food safety that have lay dormant for a while. The special sessions were really nice, I got a huge kick out of seeing both Jo Handelsman and Pedro Crous in the elevator, sadly I missed both of their talks. The technical sessions were also really nice, I enjoyed hearing more about epidemiology and mycology. All in all a very nice trip! Hopefully I can have enough work done by next March that I can attend next year’s meeting in Austin!