Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00


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compass group photoCOMPASS group photo at the 2013 ASCB Annual Meeting.
Photo Credit: Laura Diaz-Martinez
Working with faceless beings hidden inside my computer for more than six months was surprisingly easy and productive. Yeah, at the beginning I wondered, what does she or he sound or look like? Then, over time, their Google images became their faces. Which is really weird, I have to admit, since some of them have flowers or random non-human photos as their images. But those are the mental images I learned to associate with my fellow COMPASS members. So when I walked into the COMPASS get-together at the ASCB Annual Meeting, I was excited, yet a little nervous, to finally meet my COMPASS colleagues in person.

Trying to guess who was who from the door was fun. Some faces I had seen at our Google hangouts, but others were completely new. But as the morning progressed the amazing feeling of finally getting to meet this wonderful and energetic group of people just took over. There we were, COMPASS live!

These are the people responsible for organizing the ePoster sessions and many of the Professional Development events at the ASCB Annual Meeting. The people who run the ASCB Ambassador Program, COMPASS Careers, and the COMPASS Blog all year around. With help, of course, from the amazing ASCB staff.

This little group of energetic students and postdocs has managed to write a new and exciting chapter in the history of the ASCB. And I am incredibly lucky to be part of it.

It was an honor to meet you, COMPASS.

Laura Diaz-Martinez

Laura fell in love with chromosomes during her PhD studying chromosome segregation with Duncan Clarke at the University of Minnesota. She is currently trying to understand how cells make life or death decisions during mitosis under the advisory of Hongtao Yu at UT-Southwestern Medical Center.

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