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Meetings: Organizers & Attendees Reginald Harris, then Director of the Biological Laboratory, initiated the first Symposium in 1933. Today over 8,000 scientists come to the laboratory each year to attend meetings. What special moments do you recall from your participation in or organization of these meetings?

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Old 10-16-2003, 12:06 PM
Ronald Plasterk Ronald Plasterk is offline
 
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Default One thing you gotta learn, Ron! (1983)

One of my earliest CSH memories was a phage meeting, 1983. I was a young grad student in the Netherlands, working on phage Mu. For the first time I went to the USA, and I met all these great heroes, whose work I knew so well from the literature. Walking with my dinner plate in Blackford Hall I was talking to Nick Cozzarelli, and sat down with him at a table where some others were seated. I found out these were big shots: Allan Campbell (of lambda integration!), and also Ira Herskowitz (of mating type switching!). I tried to listen, and to behave. Suddenly Ira Herskowitz (himself!) speaks up: "There is one thing you gotta learn, Ron" he says.
What did I do wrong?
"Ron, spare ribs you eat with your hands!"
Welcome to America!
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