Last week, Brandon, one of my undergrad students, shared with me a lab poster that was created by Dr. Chris Sutherland (Assistant Professor of Quantitative Population Ecology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst) to show off the research that he and his students do. Being the guy that he is, Brandon led by asking me if we shouldn’t have our own poster.
I promptly replied with an emphatic YES!
Honestly, I’m not quite sure why I hadn’t thought to create a lab poster sooner. It’s a great way to summarize what my students and I are up to, and I’m sure it will be a great resource for recruiting new students to join the team.
Anyway, given that I am on sabbatical and have a bit more flexibility with my time, and given that I’m easily distracted by things that I think are fun, I immediately decided that I had to build my own poster. After several mental sketches, I think I’ve finally come up with a design that I like.
Of course, this isn’t the final version. I still need to run it by the members of my lab to make sure that their research is reflected properly. I also am trying to determine the best way to highlight the various faculty and community partners that are connected to each project.
Most importantly, I think, is that I need to come up with a better name than The Gillis Research Lab. This name doesn’t carry any information about the research we do, it is entirely me-centric, it is not reflective of the collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts that are behind each and every single research question, and it fails to honour the community partners who lead much of the work we do. Clearly, it has to change.
If you have any ideas on a name for our lab or any comments on the draft poster, I’d love to hear them.
And thanks to Dr. Sutherland and Brandon for inspiring this exercise.