S. Marvin Friedman RIP
The memory of our erstwhile colleague on this blog, Marvin Friedman, will be celebrated on September 11 on the campus of Hunter College in New York City, where he spent much of his career. We wrote about him in a previous post, noting that he had written over 30 articles for this blog, all characterized by wisdom and the desire to satisfy a steadfast curiosity in all matters microbiological. The event will take place on Friday September 11, 2015 from 10 am-12 noon in the Lang Auditorium in Hunter North Building, followed by lunch in Hunter North 926 (the seminar room of the Department of Biological Sciences). The address is 695, Park Avenue, New York NY 10065.
Merry Youle RIP
Merry joined me almost at very inception of this blog. She modestly offered to proofread the material. Although she had a background in science (Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, long ago), she had given it up in favor of an unconventional life. But, luck would have it, shortly before she contacted me, she had bought a microbiology textbook, which she read from cover to cover. From this unusual beginning began a career in and out of the blog. Meanwhile, we became partners. All this culminated in her becoming a true expert in phage biology. She was helped by San Diego State’s Forest Rohwer, with whom she wrote two fine books. With this experience at hand, she wrote a book on her own, Thinking Like a Phage, her chef d'oeuvre, a truly remarkable paean to her favorite biological entities. Reading it is a genuine treat. The development of Merry from essentially ground zero to becoming a recognized world expert is well nigh incredible. Having watch it happen has been one of my great joys. In the intervening years, we became close friends. I will miss her sorely.
Read here what Merry wrote to say farewell to the blog.