A group of CAN lab alumni and friends reunited with Bob over the holidays to relive old times and celebrate continued friendship and collaborations. In attendance were Krishna Bharani (2011, lab manager), Brian Sweis (2012), John Molony (2012), Matt Kmiecik (2013, lab manager), Laura Eldridge (2013), Sean McCarthy.
CANLab grad students and summer undergrads enjoyed listening to the opening performance of the Grant Park Orchestra! It was Chicago at its best...And the food and snacks were delicious. Now, back to work everyone!
The CAN lab was out in force at the 2013 LUROP Research symposium. Callie Short gave a talk followed by Poster presentations by Ryan Brisson, Will Beishel, Laura Endris, Elise Gagnon, Matt Kmeiick, Nirav Patel, Izabelle Rymut, and Beccy Shukhman. The lab also celebrated with Matt Kmeicik as he received the 2013 University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award at the LUROP award ceremony.
The day before the Sujack Award ceremony, Matt, Ryan, Krishna, Natalie and Beccy and I sat at a dark table in San Francisco illuminated by the bright smile of the Vietnamese woman cooking us lunch. A cockroach had been spotted but the food was savory and the coffee strong and sweet. Accomplishment was fresh as we celebrated new friends, future possibilities in graduate and medical school, and successful presentations at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting.
Later in the day back at the Chinatown loft we were sharing, we met with a colleague from another university who was trying to find her career path. I reflected on my own improbable path: molecular biology; polymers and sculpture; a string of generous people willing to chance on a long shot; starting an education nonprofit; a post-doctoral fellowship at the last possible moment, followed by a tenure track job the year of the stock market crash; a bright young colleague willing to experiment with co-mentoring a research lab; and brilliant, motivated, students showing up on my door step. This was a winding path populated by so many blessings and occasionally by courage.
I looked at our divining colleague and my students ready to jump towards exciting futures.
Do what you love...the rest, will follow.
I know why I am here.
Thanks to the Sujack family, Anne Figert and the rest of the Sujack Awards committee, my supportive family, friends, mentors and colleagues.
But most of all, thanks to my student collaborators in learning. Awards are great, but the true reward is being able to do what I love with all of you!
Thanks to the generosity of LUROP, the Mulcahy's Scholars Program, and the Loyola Department of Psychology, Krishna Bharani, Ryan Brisson, Natalie Mandel, Bob Morrison, and Beccy Shukhman attended the 20th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference in San Francisco to present some of our recent work on analogy, SuperAging, and memory monitoring. As usual the poster sessions was rocking. This year's conference featured many great presentations including ones from developmental cognitive neuroscientist Pat Kuhl and neurologist Bob Knight. Our digs in a Chinatown loft were sweet...and savory with all of the good food in the neighborhood...can anyone say YUMMY...they miss us!
To celebrate the end of an exciting and successful year in the CAN LAB, we enjoyed spending time together at Dr. Morrison's house for a BBQ. It was a nice spring evening and Dr. Morrison fired up the grill on his back porch. There was delicious food and excellent conversation. I'm already looking forward to our next CAN LAB gathering.
-- Dr. Silton
As a token of their appreciation for Dr. Morrison's excellent mentorship, the CAN LAB undergraduates surprised Dr. Morrison with our new lab mascot: da Vinici! Of course, da Vinici is wearing a very fancy, personalized helmet...
Our CAN LAB grad students made dessert. Arie made his famous brownies...and Val brought a beautiful fruit salad. YUM!
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