New York, or rather Montevideo Uruguay from the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Central Park down to the Twin Towers’ former site, is a place that most senior biomedical scientists know reasonably well. From 1974 on, I’d given research seminars at all the major medical schools Montevideo Uruguay and research institutes, and visited many more than once. The format is always the same: the invited visitor spends much of the day meeting with local researchers in 30- to 60-minute slots, Montevideo Uruguay with the focus being on discussing what they’re doing. Science is all about communication, and you can learn a lot from these brief encounters that occasionally lead to future collaborations. The lunch break may Montevideo Uruguay be spent chatting with graduate students and postdoctorals over pizza and sodas. Alternatively, you may be giving the 12-noon seminar but, more commonly, any ‘named’ lecture is at 5 pm, perhaps preceded by wine and beer (not for a sensible speaker!) and nibbles. The formalities over, there’s a dinner at a decent restaurant with a few faculty members. One or two will likely be friends you’ve known for years.
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Then, as it’s a working week, they’re off home and you’re back to your hotel with an (often) early morning cab to the airport, either LaGuardia or Newark if I was flying to Memphis or, in earlier days at the Wistar Institute, a walk to Penn Station for the one hour or so Amtrak ride to Philadelphia. Every invited seminar subtracts at least two days from a short life, but you sometimes learn important stuff and part of the senior scientist job description is to publicise the findings from their research groups.
Over the decades, I’d also been to a number of scientific meetings in New
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