Au revoir, Uri

August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Uri Alon this week.  Uri has been on sabbatical here at Harvard for the last 2 years, while his wife Galia completes a post-doc at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University.  We’ve been very lucky to have them here, not just for scientific reasons, and it will be a real wrench to say goodbye.

As a goodbye gift, we made this video. It’s a recreation of a skit from last year’s Program in Systems Biology retreat, during which Uri laughed so hard that I thought he was going to fall off his chair.  We thought that this would be as good a memory as any for him to take away from his time here.

Credits: Many thanks to Paul Cowgill (Megason lab) for composing and singing the song, Patrick Boyle (Silver lab) for a fine job of editing, Jeremy Gunawardena for overcoming his reluctance to be captured on camera, and Angela Reese and Nicole Wong (SysBio Department Admin) for camerawork.

(If you feel you need additional background to appreciate this properly, check out this video of a highly atypical event that took place during Theory Lunch in 2008; Uri’s Materials for Nurturing Scientists page; and of course Uri’s book, which as I have mentioned before includes discussion of the ranges of characteristic behaviors shown by different kinds of motifs within biological networks, including various types of feedforward loops.)

Your final chance to say your farewells: Uri and Galia and family will be at Carson Beach in the early evening today (unless it really pours with rain), if you want to stop by.

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