North Carolina State University graduate student Rob Holmes successfully defended his PhD dissertation Wednesday July 23rd. After delivering an exhilirating and esoteric seminar on corn and fungus that was attended by some of Raleigh's finest minds, he was grilled for two hours by four members of the graduate faculty with questions like, "Why do teenagers like to fly?" and "When will this end so I can go watch Dark Knight?" After the examination candidate Holmes waited, utterly alone and in contemplative silence, on the bench outside the conference room for 15 minutes. The committee was unanimous in there decision to let Holmes move to Kansas and start his real job. They also gave him a week's worth of rewriting and revisions but, to the relief of all, did not require him to perform any more experiments.
Okay, enough of the third person stuff--it takes too much effort to write. Taliatha and the kiddos are on the road to Hutchinson and I will follow behind with our moving truck after I clean up all of my lab notebooks, cell stocks, fungal strains, and any other junk accumulated over the last six years. If I can get the revisions turned around and approved in a timely manner there will be a Holmes sighting in Utah in early August. Stay tuned.