Well its been over 2 months since I've managed to carve out any time to put up a blog post. December was a blur of talks and interview for faculty candidates at MQ. I gave 5 talks in two weeks. Perhaps the most unusual was a talk at a Workshop on the Ethics and Regulation of Synthetic Biology. This workshop was held in the Trinity Chapel at Robert Menzies College. I can honestly say that was the first time I've ever given a scientific talk in a church. Luckily, I didn't get struck by lightning, though you can see a near miss in the image below. In the same 2-3 weeks in December, we also interviewed 7 candidates for faculty positions at MQ, and I was on the interview panel for all of the candidates.
Since I've accumulated way too much vacation leave, I was then on enforced vacation for a month as the university had ordered me to take vacation. After a frenzy of Borderlands- the PreSequel and FarCry 4, I'm now back at work, and only have a thousand unread emails or so to deal with.