Congrats to Shereen, who graduated with a PhD on Saturday! I (Monica here) flew down to Dunedin for the ceremony. It was a great day, beautiful weather, and really fun to celebrate with Shereen and her family. Fun fact - Shereen’s mum graduated in the same ceremony with a PhD too!
6-7 February 2019
We survived our inaugural Wellington lab tramp (i.e. hike). The weather wasn’t great, but the trip was. An easy walk into Raukawa Hut (in the Rematukas), followed by: some rather chilly swimming; cut-throat card games; lots of banter; and finally, a multi-course feast (with perfectly matched goon wine, of course!).
For our xmas party this year, we decided on minigolf at Carucciland (highly recommended!) followed by a potluck dinner at Monica and Wayne’s house. Unlike many (many) xmas’s past, the weather held out and it was a great day all around.
The mini-golf champion was Alex (though this is very dubious, as he was also the score-keeper!).
We were out in force at the 2018 joint conference of the New Zealand Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the NZ Microbiological Society. It was great getting the Dunedin lab alumni and the new Wellington crew together! Congrats to Gabe and Max for both winning awards in the student speaker competition. Well done!