Making Headway

The past month has been somewhat grueling, and for a long time, there wasn't much to show for my efforts. But I've been churning through a bunch of things, and I'm finally starting to see the fruits of my labor. 

First up, I finally got my application for a faculty position at Mt. Holyoke submitted. It's a dream job - assistant professor at a small liberal arts college in Western Mass. The students are incredibly high caliber, it's in a beautiful location, and it's part of a consortium with 4 other (also great) schools. My wife would still be able to maintain ties to students in Boston (possibly making a long commute a couple of times per week), and be closer to her activities in New York. Jobs of this sort are incredibly competitive, but I have high hopes, particularly if I can get this paper out the door. 

Five Actinobacteria genomes, and the horizontal gene transfer between them (each color is a different species, lines represent individual genes identified as HGT). 

Five Actinobacteria genomes, and the horizontal gene transfer between them (each color is a different species, lines represent individual genes identified as HGT). 

Which is the next point - we're in the final stretches of getting a paper on my HGT work finished. there's so much data, figuring out how to present it is a challenge, but I've managed to get circos (a data visualization tool) working, and the plots are pretty cool. Planning to have the paper out the door by early next month (The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft agley). 

And finally, my fall courses are coming together. Still not as much as I would like - I still have a lot of work to do with assessments, particularly for my virology course - but I'm in really good shape 3 weeks out.