This year I am really getting focused on writing grants, going to conferences, and getting some publications out there. There are several opportunities in each of these professional development areas. This weekend I am going to the National Geographic Grant Workshop. My research has come to a halt due to my class and teaching load but I will be devoting myself to my research more as the semester progresses. On the up side my plants are increasing in size ever since Ken offered me a diluted fertilizer for my Hibiscus seedlings. I will hold my committee meeting soon to determine what I need to add to my project for this year. There is a lot going on in the realm of teaching as well. Bio150 discussions are going well but my students are not pleased with lecture. I hope more of them come in for office hours after they get their first exam grades. Darwin Day Teaching Workshop and the TSTA conference should be productive this year. Kelley and I will be submitting a proposal soon. There is even a chance for publishing an short article about the workshop for Darwin Day in a teaching journal. Fast times at Ridgemont High!