I would like to express my gratitude for all of those who appreciated and believed in the creativity, emotion and levity that this little poetry-contest experiment of ours promised. Your enthusiasm and support made it happen, and I hope to see you all when we showcase the winning poets and their verses on April 23 at Experimental Biology 2012 in San Diego.
To the writers: Thank you for your thoughtful entries. You bravely shared your insights on life in the lab and life itself, and I wish we could publish every single poem we received. Thank you for stepping outside of your comfort zones and offering us glimpses into your imaginations. You are a truly talented bunch.
To the judges: You were chosen to serve on our inaugural panel because you demonstrated one way or another a sincere interest in the act of discovery through both research and writing. Thank you for your fair and reasoned reviews and for your good nature. I know readers will appreciate the interesting biographies you’ve provided.
To the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology staff: I was often overwhelmed and sometimes quite surprised by the support you showed for this endeavor. A couple people, in particular, deserve special recognition. Barbara Gordon (the society’s executive director), you dared to ask the question “What special things could we do at this year’s annual meeting?” to a room full of creative types. Your willingness to try new initiatives – even if it means we’ll fail on occasion – makes being a part of ASBMB exciting. Joan Geiling (the society’s meeting organizer), when we first talked about having a reading of the winning poems at EB2012, I expected that would mean the event would be given a dark corner, a microphone and a few folding chairs. But no, you took the contest seriously, perhaps more seriously than I did at the time, and you have set the wheels in motion for the reading to get a lot of traffic and exposure. Thank you. Lastly, I want to recognize the staffers who took time out of their busy days to write their own poems about the poetry contest. While I don’t have a prize for you, I have to say that my favorite was the one written to the tune of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Bravo.
– Angela Hopp, ASBMB Today