Once again our department will be hosting a very special seminar speaker, Dr. Randy Sheckman, from Berkeley, Nobel Laureate of 2013 in Physiology or Medicine, for his work on protein trafficking and secretion in eukaryotic cells.


I am of course delighted that Phil accomplished all the negotiations needed to pull off this type of event.  It’s not easy, many hurdles must be dealt with.  But his power of negotiation is quite unique and hard to resist. For instance, the first time he hinted at the idea of us hosting a reception in our home in honor of Dr. Sheckman, my answer came  quickly: No way we are doing this. Forget it.  In your dreams. I don’t want to hear anything about it again. 

I inform you that said reception will take place at our home on Monday, and all faculty members interested in meeting Dr. Sheckman were invited to show up.

This weekend, yours truly will be found pacing frantically around the kitchen, preparing for the big event…  I have a few things planned, some a bit daring, some inside my comfort zone. I am actually super excited about it, and intend to have a great time getting ready for it!  Stay tuned for a full report sometime in the near future… (assuming my mental sanity is not compromised).

25 thoughts on “AS GOOD AS IT GETS… IN SCIENCE

    • Oh that was priceless!!!! And you know what? I CONSIDERED very seriously a cauliflower thing, but decided against it because it is a bit messy to eat. So there! YOu know me too well, I suppose… 😉


    • THank you! I am still a bit nervous about it, but… I know how it goes. People start arriving, it all gets in motion, and I intend to have fun too. Nothing worse than a stressed hostess, right? That can really ruin a party. I am not going there.


  1. What a memorable and fascinating opportunity in so many different ways. Methinks you have the timetable worked out to a fine art: will be keeping fingers crossed that you too will manage to have an enjoyable time . . .


    • THat’s exactly what I want… to enjoy it myself too. I tend to worry a lot before, but I know I can relax while it’s happening. As you said, it is a fascinating opportunity. So let’s grab it!


  2. You had me hooked with ‘protein trafficking and secretion in eukaryotic cells’. 🙂 You will be in your element for this reception. They will love your food, you will love talking with Dr. Schekman and the room will light up every time you enter from the kitchen.

    Have a wonderful time and congratulations to Phil for using his excellent negotiation skills.

    p.s. Randy (I CAN call him that now that we’re all friends?) has the most beautiful eyes and such a friendly face. Now if he just didn’t have to talk about “secretions.” Read secretions like this – secreeeshuns –


    • he, he, he.. you are TOO FUNNY! I know, secretion sounds nasty, doesn’t it? I used “trafficking” to try to keep it a little better, but I admit the sound of it might be even worse. Heck, what can we do? That’s what happens: proteins are made inside the cell and often must go out to do their job. Simple as that. 😉


    • I promise to be back with a report – not sure how quickly I can do it, but I might have to postpone a few posts and put the report ahead of them… keep in mind I have a blog post in the making about our 15th wedding anniversary in March… oh, the humanity.. we are 2 months away from it already… (sigh)


    • Karen, I woke up today feeling like I’ve been beaten repeatedly with a baseball bat. Well, not quite that bad, but let’s say the adjective “brilliant” is passing 187 miles away from me today. I think I need vacations…. and a full body massage 😉

      I am all pumped up for today, though – feeling a good vibe about it after a stressful weekend


  3. Looking forward to reading about this exciting weekend,you will make it a success just like anything else you embark on! You brilliant, beautiful lady, good luck!


    • Oh, you are beyond sweet! Thank you, the reception was GREAT, I am so happy that we did it, and all went well…

      his talks were amazing, and he was a fantastic guest to have around, very personable and great with the students too.

      All in all, a perfect visit! At some point I will blog about it all, but… it will take a little time, I am afraid

      so many things to blog about, so little time!

      again, thanks for your comment, made my day!


  4. How did the dinner go? I have no doubt you pulled off an incredible meal and hosted a delightful party. 🙂 How exciting!!! Congrats to Phil as well for arranging such a prominent guest!


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