Andre in Atlanta: Prologue


My name is AndrÈ Nantel and I am an alcoholic.

Oups! Sorry, wrong blog.

My name is AndrÈ Nantel, I am the city captain for Metroblogging Montreal and the creator of Digital Apoptosis. In “real life” I am a biologist working in the fields of fungal genomics and cancer. From Sunday until Thursday, I will be in town as a guest of the American Society for Microbiology who are having their general meeting in the Georgia World Congress Center.

While I’m here, I might as well do some guest-blogging. I’m sending out this first entry a bit early in order to get some suggestions. It is a big conference and, at best, I will only have two or three half-days and a couple of evenings in which to walk around and to take pwetty pictures.

This will not be my first visit to Atlanta, in fact I have lived in Decatur for a year while my dad was doing his M.Sc. at Emory. Unfortunately I can’t remember much of it since the years were 1966-7 and most of my time was spent learning how to walk, talk and chew solid food. It might be better that way since the only things that my mom remembers from those years are a tornado warning, the race riots and the time she caught me playing with a Black Widow.

Hopefully this time, I will bring back some better memories.


6 Comments so far

  1. Thomas (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 2:24 pm

    Welcome, Andre. For the sake of consistency, you don’t mind if we add a large numerical value after your name, do you? It’s a formula that works for us.

  2. Kendall (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 4:42 pm

    Welcome to the ATL Andre!!!

    Can’t wait to read your take on our city!!!

  3. karsh (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 6:23 pm

    The ASM meeting is going to be a very nice affair; hope you have fun in Atlanta. If possible, take MARTA; it’s going to be very busy downtown!

  4. Jennifer (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 7:14 pm

    Welcome. Hope you have a nice visit. But what the hell is fungal genomics???

  5. Jessica (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 8:51 pm

    Bienvenue AndrÈ! Let us know if you need dinner/drinking/pretty-pic-taking suggestions.

  6. andre (unregistered) on June 4th, 2005 @ 7:16 am

    But what the hell is fungal genomics??? Essentially we are using the information contained in all of the DNA of a yeast called Candida albicans to developp better drugs against systemic yeast infections. These are very bad news if your immune system is weakened (AIDS and cancer patients, transplants recipients, premature infants, etc…)

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