So, you’re back at work, school, home office, lab, field site, lecture hall, wherever it is your daily routine resides… Have you already lost the Vancouver glow from the science you heard, the people you met, the friends you connected with, or the lessons of a professional training course to the barely contained chaos of life?
It doesn't have to fade away. Get it back. Reclaim the excitement!
What was one thing that engaged you just a few short weeks ago? Look back at your notes, the platforms, symposia, posters, debate, or key notes you attended. Think back to the corridor, poster social, and after-hours discussions you had. Take a quick inventory and find one thing that hit you hard, opened your eyes, lit your enthusiasm. What was it?
My week in Vancouver made me realize how many SETACers I don’t get to interact with one-on-one or even in small groups. There were 2200 of us there! I’m a true extrovert; I gather energy from being around and interacting with other people. Those of you who I did get to talk with at the socials, in the corridor, committee meetings (or the hotel elevator, the silent auction table, while checking out the world map stuck with all of our pins) had great ideas for SETAC North America, refreshing science insights, interesting hobbies, advice for local eateries and pubs. I realized that week, that each participant I didn't get to talk with was a person whose ideas, expertise, and humor I missed out on.
So one thing I decided to act on was meeting and talking with more of you. Working with our amazing SETAC staff, we now have “The SETAC North America President’s Blog”. I know that the only way to keep a blog engaging is to keep it fresh. I will do my very best to post once a week. I have a long list of potential topics including what is going on in SETAC North America and around the world, things I have learned over the years from mentors and leaders I truly respect, travel adventures, funny (in retrospect) stories, and even a few perspectives on science.
I sincerely hope you will join me online. Even more importantly, I implore you to write back. Comment on my posts and those of your associates. Keep the conversation engaging, funny, focused, or rambling. Who knows where a tangent will take us.
So, what was your one thing? Reclaim the glow. Tell us about it.