In the midst of teaching, getting new research projects started, writing grants, meeting collaborators, and getting the lab set up, I find that the second year of my tenure track position has begun.
And it's awesome.
I have a fantastic group of people working with me: https://sites.google.com/site/mwilsonsayres/lab/lab_members
Seriously, they're wonderful. I cannot express to you how inspiring it is to interact with everyone in lab. Their ideas and discussions make it a joy to come in to lab.
We're making headway on new projects. Papers are being written. Grants are... well, they're being applied for.
Science is happening.
And on this morning, I find myself unusually optimistic about the future.