Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thinking Out Loud

This coming Wednesday I fly to Florida for the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. AChemS is the world’s biggest gathering of smell and taste scientists, but compared to the Society for Neuroscience (30,000 attendees) it’s a positively intimate gathering (only ~1,000 people).

I always look forward to going. I get to catch up with friends and colleagues and see what’s happening in all areas of the field, from the molecular to the behavioral. (Friends/colleagues, gossip/scientific updates: the categories blur. I wrote about the rhythms of the AChemS meeting here.)

The meeting runs through Sunday and I’ll be there for the whole thing. Given the data-packed days and long nights, this means blogging will be slow on First Nerve.

Unless . . . I blog about the meeting while I’m there.

I’m not sure how, or if, this could work. My usual M.O. is to fall into bed at 2 a.m., get up at 8, recaffeinate, and start all over again. Maybe I can blog from the bar. I dunno; guess I’ll give it a try.

FWIW you can download the meeting program here or flip through the abstracts here.Let me know if something strikes your fancy and I'll try to cover it.


Bob Dobalina said...

ah good old Ron. Which made me think of this:

Brian Fantana: [about Veronica] I'll give this little cookie an hour before we're doing the no-pants dance. Time to musk up.
[opens cologne cabinet]
Ron Burgundy: Wow. Never ceases to amaze me. What cologne you gonna go with? London Gentleman, or wait. No, no, no. Hold on. Blackbeard's Delight.
Brian Fantana: No, she gets a special cologne... It's called Sex Panther by Odeon. It's illegal in nine countries... Yep, it's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good.
Ron Burgundy: It's quite pungent.
Brian Fantana: Oh yeah.
Ron Burgundy: It's a formidable scent... It stings the nostrils. In a good way.
Brian Fantana: Yep.
Ron Burgundy: Brian, I'm gonna be honest with you, that smells like pure gasoline.

Avery Gilbert said...

Bob Dobalina:

OK, I'll put you down as a vote for presentations on human sex pheromones.

~x~ said...

Sensory Integration and Competition, if they talk about "auditory" stuff at all.
otherwise, have a glass of wine and think of your old pal.

~x~ said...

also, brick saying
"i miss your musk"
all hammered and weepy