My lab topped off a great academic year with a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the ARVO vision research meeting. This was actually my first time bringing undergraduate students to this meeting. Jackie Skiba and Amy Drossman did a fantastic job presenting their research on thermal adaptation in fish lens alpha crystallins. I heard several people comment that they were impressed at the level of research being done by undergraduates at our University. Jackie and Amy really helped promote the value of undergrad research at a meeting that puts its focus on PI’s, postdocs and grad students.
This was also the second year of ARVO’s meeting blog, and my second year of contributing. This turned out to be a good way to share information from meeting veterans, and learn some new faces and names.