A quick trip to the West Coast.

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A good friend of mine, Dr. Kathryn Theiss, invited me to give a seminar presentation in her department at California State University Dominguez Hills. Prior to the talk, which happened on March 3rd, I got to meet with groups of students in the MBRS RISE and MARC U*STAR programs, which facilitate active involvement of minority students in biology and other  research.  It was great to chat and share my academic experiences with motivated young people from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of research interests. Hopefully they learned something – but I certainly learned new things about particle colliders, the behavior of gases at temperatures near absolute zero, and pre-exposure prophylactic treatments for HIV.

Before heading home, I ran the Singletrack Stampede trail marathon – a race with over 4000 ft of total elevation gain. It took me almost five hours to finish, but in the end I placed 3rd among (not too many) women.

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