Which I suppose is not an unexpected development on the first day of classes for the fall semester. But it holds a special something this year. This semester for the first time as an actual assistant professor… I have to teach. First lecture tomorrow. Wish me luck, because I’m going to need as much of it as I can get.
My previous teaching experience was heavily weighted towards being a TA in multiple “science for non-majors” courses, which could have been a lot of fun. Unfortunately, each course had a reputation as an easy-A which attracted students who had absolutely no interest in the material.
Tomorrow should go a lot better than that. Much smaller class, specifically for the major, teaching material I developed myself. … fingers crossed….
It’s even smaller than mini-maize!
And here are the wonderful group on researchers who work on Setaria italica (foxtail millet) at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Just got back from a two week visit to China that let me catch up with a lot of old friends and collaborators as well as hopefully making a few important new connections.
Five cities (Shanghai, Tai’an, Wuhan, Chengdu, and CAAS) and seven presentations in fourteen days. And classes start on Monday.