As another semester comes to an end, I would like to highlight some of the accomplishments and say a few words to wrap up Fall 2016.

First of all, thank you to all my students for taking charge this semester and keeping the lab running smooth while I was away for nearly a months! You guys all did really well, ran so many experiments, didn’t burn down the building (although we did burn the aquarium heater… haha), and kept all the spiders fat and happy. I am so proud of everyone! Thank you so much!

This semester was extremely successful! We welcomed in Calvin Huang, Gregg Stephenson, and Khami Zimmer – all super enthusiastic, funny, and hardworking individuals. We completed many dragline choice trials and got some solid data that will advance our chemical species recognition project forward. And we managed to keep our spiders alive to live waaaay past their “due dates”. Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Loyd Tripp as he makes his way to an awesome hospital research position and pursues his interests in medicine, but we know that he’ll always have a place here in our spider lab!

Looking forward to an even more exciting and fun semester in 2017!