Ken and I will soon be on the road for 10 days or so, back Oct 1. Ken will be giving two talks, one at the meeting of the Italian Federation of the Life Sciences in Riva del Garda, Italy, that he's calling "Genetic causation: a Fermi problem", and the other for the Department of Genetics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, with the title "Darwin's 'most imperfect' sketch: how does it look after 150 years?" We don't know how much we'll be able to blog while we're away, but we hope to at least be able to check in from time to time, at least with details about the meeting.
But, we won't be going completely dark. We're pleased that a guest blogger has agreed to fill in for us. Holly Dunsworth is a paleontologist who graduated from our department a few years ago as a student of Alan Walker. She did a few years of post-doctoral work in genetics, and in primate paleontology, and is now teaching at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She has worked in Kenya for a number of years on fossil apes and humans that are well-preserved there. You may have heard her on NPR's This I Believe last year, talking about evolution as the foundation of her work. We're very happy that she has agreed to tend our blog while we're away, and we look forward to reading her posts.