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I am such a biology nerd

I just got an email about the Darwin Conference they’re having at the University of Chicago in October, and I’m totally pumped. Practically it’s great, because it’s only about a 2 hour drive from here and $20 for students, which is dirt cheap for a conference. The one in Nebraska was 90 bucks, and that was just to watch student presentations. I was a little suspicious how it could be so cheap – maybe they just have crap presenters or something – so I checked the schedule of lecturers.

Omg. Jerry Coyne? Neil Shubin?? Daniel Dennett?!? E. O. Wilson?!?! Squeeee!

I think the only other evolutionary biologist that would make me fangirl more is Dawkins (ok, PZ too), but I’m still super pumped. I am forcing someone to go to this with me. And yes, I recognize how insanely nerdy it is to get excited over an academic conference. I’m a really a proto-grad student who hasn’t fully metamorphosed yet. Well, I take that back – I’m fairly certain even most grad students aren’t this geeky. Maybe once I actually become a grad student, it will break my (nonexistant) soul and I’ll tone it down a bit.

…Or maybe I’m just destined to be an uber-nerd.

Comments

  1. says

    Be proud of that intense interest. I’d rather have a nerd march through the biological unknown with my tax dollars than some meh grad student.

  2. says

    Be proud of that intense interest. I’d rather have a nerd march through the biological unknown with my tax dollars than some meh grad student.

  3. says

    Interesting. I’m only a lay biologist–my true interest and career lies with computers–but seeing as how the University of Chicago is just a quick trip down the Green Line, I’ll probably go. E.O. Wilson was enough to convince me (I read On Human Nature in one of my sociology classes and quite enjoyed it); Daniel Dennett is a bonus.

  4. says

    Interesting. I’m only a lay biologist–my true interest and career lies with computers–but seeing as how the University of Chicago is just a quick trip down the Green Line, I’ll probably go. E.O. Wilson was enough to convince me (I read On Human Nature in one of my sociology classes and quite enjoyed it); Daniel Dennett is a bonus.

  5. says

    We (grad students) are, in fact, that nerdy.Psss, that’s nothing. We postdocs keep working at grad student schedules for minimal wages after all those years of training and still proudly call ourselves successful professionals.

  6. says

    We (grad students) are, in fact, that nerdy.Psss, that’s nothing. We postdocs keep working at grad student schedules for minimal wages after all those years of training and still proudly call ourselves successful professionals.

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