- Sites. I'm on the School of Life Sciences website: https://sols.asu.edu/people/melissa-wilson-sayres. And, my lab website is updated: https://sites.google.com/site/mwilsonsayres/.
- Space. I have access to my office and lab space. Yay!
- Orientations. Orientations (University), orientations (Department), orientations (New faculty).
- Teaching. I'm signed up to co-teach Evolution to 300+ students in Spring 2015, and just put in a proposal for developing my very own class for Fall 2015 (more details about that as soon as I hear whether it is approved). I am also going to be giving guest lectures in two undergraduate courses (Evolution and Human Genetics), and maybe in one graduate course (about current research about sex determination).
- Research. I completed my portion of the analysis and figures for a joint research project that was submitted for review yesterday!
- Library. Introduced myself to the librarians, and learned about the resources available there.
- Equipment. Ordered lab equipment. I still have more to order, but want to research different options a bit more. I also think it will be good to wait to see what kind of expertise I'll recruit to the lab.
- Grants. Met with my several grant support office personnel, wrote outlines and tentative specific aims, and submitted pre-proposal paperwork for the three grants I plan to submit within this first year.
- Lab Funding. I've spoken with people in the department, and have started to collect resources for research funding opportunities for postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
- Postdocs. Interviewed six postdoctoral applicants. And learned a lot about administrative background/paperwork with different kinds of positions that can be hired, when, and official requirements. Whew!
- Grads. I don't yet have any graduate students, but I attended the Graduate Student Orientation, and am signed up to attend one of the Brown Bag Lunches to introduce myself to current grad students. I'll also be giving a seminar for one of graduate student colloquiums.
- Undergrads. Recruited a great group of undergraduates. We've already had our first group lab meeting and individual project meetings, and I'm going to ride this enthusiasm wave for the rest of the semester. I'll write another post soon about the projects we are working on this year.
I'm happy to receive any unsolicited advice about what you did, wish you would have done, or wish you hadn't done, relating to starting your new faculty position.