Our annual retreat serves several functions. It provides opportunity for all researchers in the department, at all levels, to exchange ideas and to tell others about their most recent work. It also serves as an introduction to the department for the new graduate students, where they can get a condensed but in-depth view of the work being conducted in different laboratories to help them choose the labs where they would like to rotate. Primarily, however, it is an important social event. The food is excellent, and there is a party every evening, one of which features a competition for the best T-shirt design (T-shirts with the winning design then being distributed free to all), the other a skit where the students and postdocs often make fun of the faculty.
The scientific sessions consist of short (10-15 minute) talks and a poster session. Recently, discussion workshops on specific techniques have been added and the first of these (on advanced PCR techniques and the two-hybrid system) were a great success. The quality of the oral and poster presentation could easily be the envy of many international meetings. But at the same time the atmosphere is very relaxed, and there is plenty of free time to talk to others and participate in extracurricular activities. This year, the retreat will be held at Dolce Basking Ridge in Basking Ridge, NJ. For more information on the Dolce Basking Ridge visit their website at www.dolcebaskingridge.com.
Genetics and Development Newsletter-Issue 1
Calendar Year 2016/2017