I arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina for the Darwin’s Legacy student conference at UNCW on Wednesday evening after a full day on 3 planes. Thursday evening was the conference welcome reception, at the Center for Marine Science (where we were treated to a tour of the facility by its director). Sessions with disciplines ranging through the hard sciences, social sciences, and humanites are today and tomorrow. I presented my paper a couple of hours ago, and had to move back my slot in the schedule because my glasses malfunctioned. Yes, my left lens popped out and the tiny, tiny screw got lost in the crannies of carpet. A conference volunteer drove me quickly to a vision center nearby and they graciously replaced my screw, and I came back and jumped in between presenters. Unfortunately, another presentation in my session I really wanted to see (a paper exploring why intelligent design proponents explore the Darwin-Hitler link), but the presenter was absent from the room when it was her turn. Oh well.
It feels good to be done with my presentation, because now I can relax and enjoy the rest of the conference. Double -blogger Anne-Marie stopped by while she is checking out the campus as a master’s school prospect. She will be attending the conference banquet this evening. It is nice to finally meet another science blogger face to face.