Engagement and employmentApril 15, 2007
This past week was a big one for Crowther family news.
First, my sister’s boyfriend proposed to her while vacationing in Italy. We’re all very happy for them. (As articulate as ever, I reacted to the phoned-in news with, “Oh, goody!”) Fred is a very likeable and impressive person in many respects. The only questionable behavior I’ve noticed is that he runs marathons without really training for them. Despite this unorthodox approach, he managed to complete the New York City Marathon in 3:51 in 2005 and in 3:35 last year. I suppose there’s something to be said for taking full advantage of one’s genetic gifts and youthful resilience.
Second, I secured a new postdoctoral position in the lab of Wes Van Voorhis, a University of Washington professor who studies tropical diseases such as malaria and African sleeping sickness. For me, this is a “lateral” move rather than a promotion, but I’m excited to be joining a group whose explicit goal is to develop drugs that will alleviate suffering in the developing world. I’ll be starting in about five weeks.