Picked a date, booked the room, contacted my committee, the thesis proposal is happening. September 16th. In the mean time, my cloning is finally beginning to work again, and despite having spent quite a few hundred dollars and closing in on 3 months on enzymes, gels, purification kits, and sequencing, I'm feeling optimistic. My aims are in place, my experiments are planned and I'm slowly starting to get a feel for how to optimize the impact of my work and not just contribute to the clusterfuck that is the current state of Alzheimer's research.
Life's busy though, and between going to a regional burn a week and a half ago and preparing for two lab meetings this month, I haven't had much time for Hubski. Hopefully that will change next month as I transition from experiments to purely reading papers and writing up my proposal. If there's hubski interest, I may post layman-translated drafts on a few of the proposal sections, such as why mouse models suck, why high throughput science sucks, and why I'm hopeful anyways.