- Write and submit my first full research proposals.
- Convert an existing lecture-based class in introductory biology to a partially on-line class.
- Work on the web site for the International Society for Neuroethology, a society of which I am a proud member and also head of the Web Committee.
- Develop a new undergraduate course in neurobiology.
- Rework an existing graduate-level course in cell biology.
- Make multiple trips out to our local Coastal Studies Lab to find out what kind of critters live there.
- Wait anxiously for ordered lab equipment to arrive.
- Inevitable cursing with frustration over setting up lab equipment. I anticipate not having enough cables, or the right electrical connectors, etc. Plus, there's a new computer involved.
- Work on a proposal for symposium at an upcoming meeting of the Animal Behavior Society.
- Work on a proposal for the Karger Workshop for an upcoming meeting of the J. B. Johnston Club.
- Help a new faculty member in our department find an apartment.
Some of these projects will certainly carry on past Labour Day, too.
That said, things are not so hectic that I didn't have time yesterday to see a movie (Spirit, if you're curious) do a bit of shopping for a slightly belated anniversary present. You know, a DVD player is not easy to sneak into an apartment without the intended recipient noticing.