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