So today we left Haverford and drove down to our very first Biophysical Society Meeting ever (but not for Casey, obviously). I expected the drive down to be either fun or boring, but as soon as we got in the car, everyone immediately fell asleep. We were the opposite of rambunctious. The conference started off on a good note, as we walked through the EMS symposium by accident and stumbled upon a room full of all different types of ambulances! When we finally got to the right place, and got checked in and got our bags, we were ready to attend our first talk.
We basically spent the whole time, besides lunch (which had a fish named Heidi and a fire burning on a table), popping in and out of lectures on intrinsically disordered proteins, which were pretty cool. The room was always really crowded so that we had to push our way in, and once we got seats we didn’t give them up for awhile. One of the basic but important ideas I learned was that IDPs are being investigated in conjunction with many different types of diseases, including Alzheimers and Parkinsons. We ended the day by crashing the intrinsically disordered protein subgroup’s dinner at a seafood place, where they literally fed us 6 courses over 3 hours, and it was the best meal I’ve eaten in months. Kevin and I tried oysters for the first time, and they were . . . interesting. And by that I mean slimy. Tomorrow is more talks and meetings and Alice’s poster presentation!