This is what it looked like inside my head during the morning sessions of Brain Research Day: "blah blah microglia blag blah astrocytes and photon imaging ooo I wonder what we're having for lunch blah blah membrane potential", all the while looking attentive and engaged. It's a gift.
I did learn a few things though. This is what I observed:
- approximately 30% of the men in the audience were wearing striped button-down shirts
- the average age of PhD graduates is now 14, while the average age of professors lies somewhere between 40 and 120
- arial is the overwhelmingly favoured font of choice in scientific presentations
- they should really consider handing out emery boards with the agendas and name tags, as these conferences offer excellent opportunities to fix up those nails a bit, and mine are really rather ragged
- scientists do not favour the wearing of the fringe. I spotted only 5 fringes amongst the males (and this was in an audience which included grad students), although I have to admit that one lad was sporting a rather fabulous emo kid fringe and that made up for the plethora of science-boy cuts
- the spinal cord and nerve regeneration program is actually pretty cool, and the neuroArm program which builds medical robots is fucking awesome
- a presentation explaining the math behind magnetic resonance imaging is not the most boring thing in the history of the world - electrophysiology is.
All in all, a damned fine Research Day!