I went over to the MCV hospital cafeteria for lunch today. Lunch is quite inexpensive there due to the VCU discount, though the minor health risks of eating in a hospital are sometimes worrisome. Hospitals are just chock full of pathogens.

I saw Kristin and Joana from the Christie lab briefly while waiting in line at the cafeteria. Kristin said she referred someone to my lab who was looking for places for new microbiology graduate students to do rotations. It would be helpful to have some more help in the lab to handle small projects or even just to provide some fresh ideas. Hopefully any new students won't have to undergo extensive lab-skills training, especially if they're not going to stay around longer than the terms of a single rotation period.