Many colleagues, friends and former co-workers have contacted me following my last two blog entries to express sympathy and offer help. These days scientists from New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina have many options. I, for example, could relocate my group to a hosting institution anywhere from California to New York. Universities and government laboratories are helping out. Sometimes the conditions in the hosting institution are so great that it is likely that our displaced faculty will not be in a rush to return to our newly formed swamp. My colleague and friend Matt Tarr set his research group at Rice University in Houston. He is still puzzled by the existence of lab managers, multiple janitors and effective support personnel!Due to group size limitations and personal circumstances of my students and post-docs, I decided to bring half of the group (2 postdocs and 3 PhD students) to the...

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