We've had a great 2019 so far, with our first lab paper accepted to EMBO Reports this spring, graduate student Louis passing his prelim exam, and everyone making significant experimental headway on all of our exciting projects. We took some time in mid-June to reflect upon year 2 of the Hamilton lab during our day-long lab retreat. We started the day with a "State of the Lab Address", where we discussed milestones from the past year, the highs and lows, and goals for the upcoming year. We also took the time to discuss each others' individual accomplishments and set our intentions for the upcoming year, which includes professional and personal growth for all! The morning portion of the retreat concluded with the kick-off of the summer writing challenge! Seeking to up the ante from last year's reading challenge, we decided this year to push ourselves to define goals for our individual writing projects and commit to daily writing (minimum 15 minutes). Of course there is a prize(s) if everyone stays on track for the summer, so stay tuned.
Kate is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is the main author of this blog, where she shares updates from her research lab.