Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, dear readers. Hope you had a fabulous holiday and 2016 has been treating you well so far. Have you started the year with New Year’s Resolutions?

I always make lots of resolutions, but find that they are far more effective when shared with people – to keep me accountable. Personally, I’m working on becoming fit, in my own way.  I’m going to climb the seven major peaks in Phoenix this year.  Seems reasonable to climb one per month. I’ve also started a gratitude journal to force me to focus on the positive, especially in a world filled with bad news and the ease with which a person can slip into negativity.

I also asked my staff to come up with professional New Year’s Resolutions.  Of course, I had to participate as well. My professional goals this year include being more proactive in working with clinicians to initiate and collaborate on projects involving the biobank.  You would think that researchers are researchers, but clinical and basic research are so different (see here to learn why).  I’m so much more familiar working with basic researchers, so this goal really pushes me out of my wheelhouse.  Should be fun!

And finally, what are my goals with this blog?  I appreciate all my readers who have hung science_tshirtin with me this first year as I get the ball rolling. I’m so devoted to my mission of sharing and explaining science to the public, and I’m grateful for this venue to be able to do this. But I want to and need to do more! This year, I’ll be posting more about scientific news while still providing fundamental explanations of biology, science, research, ethics and how science works. I’m going to work on shorter articles (faster to read). I also want to make some videos showing how things really work in the lab.  Maybe some video interviews with interesting scientists too.  If you have ideas, let me know! I’ll also be posting more my blog’s Facebook page. So even if you’re a blog subscriber, please also “like” my Facebook page to get even more awesome scientific information.

2016 promises to be a fabulous year! I hope you’re able to accomplish all of your goals, and I look forward to you following along as I try to accomplish mine.

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