On April 14 I was due to head out to Los Angeles to attend this year's AAPA meetings, but just like the rest of the world, I am staying home instead. The Coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on all of the world, and while it feels disappointing that the AAPAs were cancelled, it was, of course, the right thing to do. I have been working in isolation for the past couple of weeks as my university closed its campus and moved to remote work until end of June. I had to shut down the histology lab until further notice, which felt heartbreaking, but I know we will be back up and running soon - I am optimistic the world will be a healthy place soon again.
As one of few very lucky academics with a job, I am unbelievably thankful that I can work remotely and have a salary. Setting up for remote work was initially a bit tough for me. My research is predominantly practical being lab based, and so not being able to just switch the microscope on when I need to, and take a snap of a sample I am describing, was initially a difficult adjustment for me. Thankfully, I have a pile of data I can analyse and write up remotely. Moments like these remind me - always have plans B, C, D, E... for your research papers!
The great news is that AAPAs have arranged for the presentations to be shared online amid the cancellation of the meetings. So I uploaded my poster this weekend - it should appear under this link on Monday (once AAPAs refresh the program page). Feel free to have a browse. My colleagues and I (including two awesome students - Nathalia and Meg) are reporting the first human bone histology data for a 700 - 300 BP site of Taumako in Solomon Islands. You can get involved with a public discussion under the link as well. However, if you are having difficulties accessing the site, I am also providing the poster below. The manuscript is almost ready to go - we will be hopefully submitting it for peer review next week once all co-authors have gotten back to me with feedback.
Human bone health at Taumako, ca. 700 – 300 BP Southeast Solomon Islands