I just returned from the meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, an every-forth year affair that brings together scientists from around the globe under the common umbrella of social evolution. This year the venue was Copenhagen, Denmark, with over 700 participants.
Among the many colleagues I encounter, I had the pleasure of finally meeting ant ecologist Jelena Bujan, vice president of the Croatian Myrmecological Society (HMD). To my surprise, I was made a honorary member of the society and presented with the elegant pin pictured above in recognition of my outstanding efforts in education about ant morphology through this blog… Ok, ok, I’m exaggerating. I know the pin is really for people who are fans of the HMD. But Jelena did mention she likes my blog and I always wanted to visit the Balkans. The pin now decorates my camera bag (the pin is not huge– my camera bag is really tiny).
And this brings me to another point. Many of my professional colleagues told me how much they enjoy my Homology series. Which does encourage me to put more effort, once in a while at least, into this otherwise neglected blog.
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