Adventures in Neuroscience could never be more exciting. Well, maybe a little.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
So the abstract submission deadline for Neuroscience 2007 is coming up next Tuesday. A week ago, I didn't care a whit. But on Monday, my PI mentioned off-hand that he'd been meaning to ask me if I wanted to present a poster at the conference.
Did I? HELL YEAH!
Of course, that means that my entire week at work has been a rush to figure out funding (because I'll no longer be in the lab when Neuroscience runs around) and have results ready (so I actually have something to put in the abstract I have to submit by Tuesday). I've pretty much got the first half vaguely figured out. The second, on the other hand, isn't going as well as it could be.
So we were just in his office, discussing how we're both starting to feel excited about the results and that we were finally getting confident that we'd have an interesting story to tell. But, I explained, although I felt I was on track to have good results, I didn't feel like I was on track to have good results on Tuesday. He replied that it's fine, I should just write up a description of the experiment and in terms of the results I could have a... what's the word?
"I think in the sciences we prefer the word 'prediction'," I said.
"No, that's too specific. We need something more vague. You know how to write--what's the word they use in writing? Foreshadowing!"
"Foreshadowing? Actually, that puts me in the perfect frame of reference. Thanks." And oddly enough, that's completely true. Foreshadowing.