Nani gigantum humeris insidentes

We are all standing on the shoulders of giants… The other day I have ‘added’ one more Giant. I have won DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics.

The Genetics Society of America established the award in 2001 to support travel costs for young geneticists to attend national and international meetings and enroll in laboratory courses. The honor is named for longtime GSA member and former National Science Foundation program director in eukaryotic genetics, Dr. DeLill Nasser. Dr. Nasser, who died in 2000, was at NSF for more than 22 years and was considered the “patron saint” of genetics and friend of many geneticists. She championed the funding of the genomic sequencing of Arabidopsis and research in Drosophila. Founded in 1931, the GSA is a professional membership organization for geneticists and science educators. Its more than 4,000 members work to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms of inheritance, from the molecular to the population level.

To have such a prestigious award is not only huge honor  for me but also serious responsibility.

Sandy is somewhere out there…

… but here, at home, I feel cozy and safe :]

Making more terrariums.

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on the way to UConn

I am on the way to University of Connecticut for invited seminar. I am going to talk about chromodomains in plant retrotransposons and how we can use these tiny sequences in out attempts to figure out evolutionary history of plant genomes.

Plant chromodomains

I was working in this area for a few years now and have published  four papers :} Two pet-projects are on there way, but now I am very slow since my primary projects have nothing to do with neither plants or retrotransposons. Oh, well… I will come back to you guys [waiving to the mosses and ferns] one day! I will…

Working Through My Blues: An Inspiration Board

Love blue. No, not like this, I LOVE BLUE 😀

Hello color lovers!

If you’ve been around this blog for a while you know that I kind of don’t love blue.  I know I am probably the only person alive that feels this way, but it’s just the way I am!  However, I’m getting better.  I’m learning to appreciate blue and I actually think I have discovered why blue is so difficult for me!  It is such an incredibly common color, and it is so fundamental in color theory, that, as an artist, the shade has to be exactly correct for whatever I imagine.  A slight variation (too yellow, to red, to light, to dark, to muddy, to clear………) will annoy me to no end.

I’m cursed!


To refresh myself, I found several pieces of art and design that got that “perfect” shade of blue spot on.  I could look at these pieces all day!  Check out the links…

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Birth of a book

Looking for Natural History Illustrations?

BHL is one of the greatest resources I ever seen for Botanical Illustration Books, etc. The navigation system is not very comfortable though, but straggling is worth it :))

Workshop was strange…

but ocean was as usual…. INFINITE!

From Ancient Times in the Ocean

New Terrariums

Several new terrariums for bright light environment…

New Terrariums September 2012

Workshop: the DNA Reactions and DNA/Chromosome Dynamics

I am going to go to the DNA Reactions and DNA/Chromosome Dynamics Workshop tomorrow (Woods Hole, MA). Whole Labor Day weekend was spent for poster preparation. I am more or less satisfied by the result. However, on Tuesday I have had two variants: (i) in color; (ii) in red-black-grey colors. Whole group voted for colorful variant, but my heart (brain, liver and kidney) with the second one.

I think red-black-grey variant was aesthetically superior.

Anyway, colorful poster is printed and folded. Ready to go!

(i) colorful variant

(ii) red-black-grey variant