A nice sabbatical

For the last 5 months, I (that is, S. Kelly) have had the opportunity to spend the semester in Atlanta, GA for a research leave.  This sabbatical is awarded to College of Wooster faculty every couple years to allow faculty to develop new research projects, make new professional contacts, learn new techniques, and just get completely immersed in their field of study for a couple months.  It's an amazing opportunity that I am so excited to participate in.  I've gotten the chance to meet and work with some amazing researchers at Emory University, attend (and give a talk at!) the 58th Annual Drosophila Meeting in San Diego, give a seminar for graduate students and postdocs at The University of Louisville, and work on a new paper that will hopefully get published soon.  In addition, I had the chance to make it back to Wooster recently for graduation.  It was so fun to see all the graduating seniors. Hopefully, I'll have some pictures to post soon of graduation. 

In the mean time I do have some new pictures of Williams Hall of Life Sciences (i.e. the new science building). 

A picture of the new "cafe" on the middle floor with the balcony on the third floor above.  Our new lab will be on the third floor right behind this balcony. 

A picture of the new "cafe" on the middle floor with the balcony on the third floor above.  Our new lab will be on the third floor right behind this balcony. 

Here is the bare bones of the new lab space.  That room in the back of the picture will be part of a shared lab space with the Sirot and Lynn labs.  You are looking through the "write-up" space where most IS students will get their own desk in a space adjacent to the lab.  This is sort of similar to the current IS write up spaces in some labs in Severence. 

Here is the bare bones of the new lab space.  That room in the back of the picture will be part of a shared lab space with the Sirot and Lynn labs.  You are looking through the "write-up" space where most IS students will get their own desk in a space adjacent to the lab.  This is sort of similar to the current IS write up spaces in some labs in Severence. 

Here is the skylight immediately over the stairwell right outside the new lab.  This will hopefully allow for a good amount of natural light into the lab space.  This is looking south towards Pine Street and is at about a 90° angle from the previous picture above. 

Here is the skylight immediately over the stairwell right outside the new lab.  This will hopefully allow for a good amount of natural light into the lab space.  This is looking south towards Pine Street and is at about a 90° angle from the previous picture above. 

Some pictures from the fall semester

We had a busy fall in the lab at Wooster. Below I've posted a couple pictures of students attending a couple meetings.  First, three students (Noah, Petra, and Mike) attended the mGluRs meeting (Midwest/Great Lakes undergraduate Neuroscience Research Symposium).  Here's some pictures of them presenting.

Noah and Petra presenting their joint poster at mGluRs

Mike presenting at mGluRs.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take any pictures of the four students (Carolina, Ginelle, Allie, and Mike) who attended the Midwest Regional Fly Meeting (link), but wanted to make sure those students were acknowledged here as well.  It was quite the adventure, since the meeting was held in Indiana. We left on Friday after classes and returned Sunday! Everyone at both meetings did a fantastic job presenting and I'm very excited to see the final product at the end of the IS process this semester!

Summer Research!

Well, it's almost time for a new school year to begin so I thought I would take a moment to recap our summer here in the Kelly Lab - it was a big one.  The summer started with the massive demolition of our science building, Mateer Hall. 

The view from Pine Street looking North.  This would be room 201 in the middle of the image and on the top right corner, our old lab!

The view from Pine Street looking North.  This would be room 201 in the middle of the image and on the top right corner, our old lab!

It only took a week - but this was all that remained. 

It only took a week - but this was all that remained. 

I don't have any new pictures, but there is now a giant hole in the ground where Mateer once stood and the construction crews are getting ready to pour the foundation (or at least part of it).   It's been a pretty amazing experience to watch our building be demolished and to think about the great science that will be produced in the new space. 

We also had three students in the lab this summer that did some great science (and were indispensable for moving our lab into the new temporary space in Scovel Hall).  Two of the students in the lab over the summer took part in a summer NSF funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program this summer along with 3 other nearby Ohio schools (OWU, Earlham, and Kenyon).  As a cohort, the 8-10 faculty and ~20-25 students met every other week at one of the schools to discuss their research progress, various lab techniques, and career options.  Each student had multiple chances to present their research throughout the summer and to learn about the exciting projects going on at nearby institutions.  The summer ended with a final research presentation by each of our students. 

Mike giving some introduction to his project

Mike giving some introduction to his project

Noah giving one of the last talks of the day on his project about Drosophila sleep. 

Noah giving one of the last talks of the day on his project about Drosophila sleep. 

That's it for now - more to come soon as we get into the fall semester. 

Here's one more image of all the students that participated in the summer NSF funded REU program here at Wooster (along with me and Dr. Grit Herzmann, a faculty member in psychology and the neuroscience program here at CoW). 

Here's one more image of all the students that participated in the summer NSF funded REU program here at Wooster (along with me and Dr. Grit Herzmann, a faculty member in psychology and the neuroscience program here at CoW).