Over the past couple of months I've had the chance to do quite a bit of traveling! Turns out Fall is a busy time for conferences. Trips included:
- A visit to England that included a talk at the MRC Institute for Hearing Research in Nottingham, and meetings with collaborators at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge.
- A talk at the Central Midwest Tinnitus Symposium at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, a fun single-day conference bringing together a variety of researchers with interests in tinnitus.
- A talk at the Aging and Speech Communication Conference at Indiana University. This was my first time attending the conference, which occurs every other year. It is a really fantastic group of people, and a treat to see people from many different stages of my academic history in one place.
- A talk at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. I really enjoyed interacting with so many smart and nice people—and I'm getting to know the drive fairly well at this point. I look forward to being back!
- The annual meeting for the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, in San Diego. Also a great opportunity to see many old friends.
- The annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience (aka SfN), also in San Diego. There were around 30,000 people at SfN this year which can be overwhelming, but I always enjoy the broad range of neuroscience topics covered. It was also gratifying to see Eve Marder give a fantastic talk following her receipt of the Gruber Neuroscience Prize. I count myself fortunate to have gotten my PhD at Brandeis while she was there, and have continued to learn a great deal from her since.
Now that I'm back, I just need to find some time to implement all of the great ideas I got while away...