In three and a half hours, I met with (in no particular order) Craig McClain, Robin Smith, Carlos Botero, Julie Meachen-Samuels, Ben Redelings, Trina Roberts, Juan Santos, and Gregor Yanega – it was extremely stimulating, and a little dizzying. (The other travel award winner, Christie Wilcox, arrived later in the morning, straight off her multi-connection flight from Hawaii, but she held up remarkably well.) The visit wrapped up with lunch at a nice cafe across the street from the NESCent offices, and then it was off to the lemurs with me. I can't think of a better way to start the conference than a morning packed full of smart people doing interesting science.
Update, 17 Jan 2010: Christie took a couple photos, one of which I'm posting here:
Welcomed by NESCent. Photo by Christie Wilcox.