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What have we been up to? (Apr 2020)

April 2020

To say that this coronavirus health crisis has thrown us all for a loop is indeed an understatement. Compared to many of our colleagues, we are extremely lucky that our program is not nearly as negatively impacted by these trying times. Jennifer has been granted special status to continue working (alone) at the bee lab to keep our colonies healthy and thriving. Luckily, our two graduate students are in the final stages of their degrees, and thus they are mostly in analysis and writing mode, which can be done while sequestered since it doesn’t depend on additional field work. Brad is pretty much in the same situation, working on turning datasets into publishable manuscripts. Erin’s work in the genetics facility can be easily put on hold since all of the samples are in the freezer, although it’s hard to make progress while banned from campus. Our undergrads April, Gaven, Danyelle, and Rachael are probably the most affected, as while their spring research projects have been curtailed they have transitioned to mostly literature research rather than empirical data collection. Our hearts go out to everyone who is much more significantly impacted by this situation, and it is our most fervent hope that this will soon end with a whimper so that we may resume at least some semblance of normalcy once again.

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