The wonderful world of scientific research has suffered some seriously crunched financial cherries this year. As is always the case, one of the first things that gets cut is the travel budget.
This has had made planning and organizing productive and useful technical conferences virtually impossible, as even the rock stars of the scientific community are grounded.
Trying to recruit an alternate for a tech session i’m organizing, i snagged one of our brilliant junior geniuses, AU*, in the hallway this afternoon.
daisyfae: Hey, i know it’s a long shot that we’ll have a travel budget anytime soon, but would you be willing to be an alternate for my session at the “Nerdliness is Next to Godliness” Symposium next November?
AU: I would LOVE to do that, but there’s no way I can commit. I’ve had to back out of the last two Plenary talks I was invited to present. I’ve finally had to start telling people “No!” before they ask! I’m tired of letting people down!
daisyfae: Yeah. i know the feeling. i’ve got to do the same thing when the supermodels come knockin’ at my door…
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