“There’s no place like home”
(Dorothy Gale,  The Wizard of Oz, 1934)

My life has been an amazing journey.  I’ve lived in different countries, worked in different labs, and changed my line of research quite a bit over the years.  The last drastic move was from Paris, France to Norman, Oklahoma, in what was classic “culture shock.”   However,  the past 18 years in this small town were the happiest of my life.   It’s always great to go back to Paris, or visit New York,  to spend time in California, or chill out with my folks in Sao Paulo, but life in a college town has unique appeal.  And because we’ve had such a great time living and working here, we expected to call Norman our home forever.

But it was not meant to be.  A new, exciting adventure lies ahead: Phil accepted the position of the Head of the Department of Biochemistry at Kansas State University, so we’ll move our home (and our lab) to another college town!   About the same size of Norman when we first arrived here almost 20 years ago, Manhattan seems like a great place.  We are ready to face this  challenge together.   If it all goes according to plan, we will move around the last week of June, and then move the lab a couple of months after that.

Home is wherever I’m with you.
(Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes,  2009)