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Moles and Research Students

Friday, January 30th, 2009

It’s really busy here!! Research Colloquium is taking place, and the next week sees the beginning of our February Intensives for the masters level students. It may be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time and it takes you five minutes during our usual 10.30 Coffee time to swim through the Guest Lounge towards Yulia and Zhenya to get your drink. But it is wonderful to sense all these energies directed to various research fields, to see all the faces of the friends and to hear the updates of what is happening in various parts of the world from which our students and supervisors come. And just to enjoy the fun of spending time together, in and out of the Colloquium!

To those of you who are not on campus at the moment, perhaps the following entry might give a feel of the fun.  These are the musings of David McMillan, one of our Research students, currently with us on campus. Enjoy!

Each morning on the way to breakfast I stop and do a quick count of the number of mole hills in the garden at the rear of F Building.  I’m intrigued by them because where I come from we aren’t troubled by moles.  They must be distant cousins of the snake and decided to make a run for it when St Patrick drove the snakes out of my native island, Ireland. (more…)