Brown Lab Spring Get-Together The Brown Lab conglomerated at Bill's fortress to celebrate the arrival of Spring in Ithaca, which is traditionally at least a month later than its typical arrival in the remaining parts of the country. For this Spring gathering, we feasted on a meal that is eerily similar to a Thanksgiving meal, with lots of turkey. As my overfilled plate clearly suggests, turkey is good. Bill doesn't need plates; he eats right off of the serving dishes, as seen in the background. The Brown Lab conglomerated at Bill's fortress to celebrate the arrival of Spring in Ithaca, which is traditionally at least a month later than its typical arrival in the remaining parts of the country. For this Spring gathering, we feasted on a meal that is eerily similar to a Thanksgiving meal. Photo credit: Marie Bechler Brown Lab Sports Activities The Brown Lab is actively and intensively involved in numerous sports activities. Below are examples, which include not only brackets for NCAA March Madness but even the NBA Playoffs. Dr. Schmidt's Thesis Defence The Brown Lab celebrated former graduate student John Scmidt's successful thesis defense with the usual fare including food, alcohol, dancing, and post-graduation hazing. Ok, I lied about the dancing. Here in this picture (I mean Figure 1), an illustration of congratulations for John was made by current graduate student Danielle. The letters were elaborately drawn so as to show the formation of membrane buds. Whether these buds are precursors to membrane tubules or coated vesicles, or both, is not very clear. More work will be need to concretely establish Photo credit: Marie Bechler The entire Brown Lab was present to commemorate John's next step up in life. The graduate students and boss line up the upper row while undergraduate minions take up the lower row. Photo credit: Marie Bechler The celebration continues at the boss's abode. It is rare that you see the lab grunts mingling and having a good time while the boss toils away for the benefit of the lab grunts. Well, the boss is enjoying it at the same time, too! Photo credit: Marie Bechler Brown Lab Goes to a Wedding The Brown Lab is also quite social, as well. Here, the entire lab attends the wedding of fellow graduate student Ben Clarke at the very scenic vineyard/winery of southern Ithaca.