Summertime group bonding

It's been quite an eventful week. Between reorganizing group responsibilities, cleaning the lab, kayaking on the Charles, and engaging in gluttony in the backyard of Harvard Divinity School, our stamina has truly been tested. However, despite the strain on our minds and backs, we all had a blast.

 Tasty.

Tasty.

 Kevin rests his aching body during the cleanup.

Kevin rests his aching body during the cleanup.

First up on the docket: reorganizing and cleaning the lab. Although fighting entropy is no small feat, we were fortunate that our very own Kevin Ngan was among those leading the charge. Several meetings and a full day's worth of cleaning later, we ended up with a myriad of spreadsheets, room upon room of labeled drawers, and a defrosted -80˚C freezer to show for our efforts.

To gather supplies for our upcoming barbecue, we naturally turned to Costco. It was quite the adventure.

 Shopping at Costco.

Shopping at Costco.

 We bought a lot of food.

We bought a lot of food.

Next, taking advantage of the summer sun, we went kayaking on the Charles River. With the barbecue looming later that night, it was probably a good idea to get some exercise in. Many thanks to Ally for spearheading this outing!

 The group poses on dry land.

The group poses on dry land.

 The group poses not on dry land.

The group poses not on dry land.

 Wholesome undergrad friendship.

Wholesome undergrad friendship.

 The boss kicks back while the grad student rows.

The boss kicks back while the grad student rows.

Of course, the highlight of the week was our potluck barbecue. While our lab is normally fairly health-conscious, we put aside our better judgments to enjoy the night.

 The party begins.

The party begins.

 Grillmaster Brian.

Grillmaster Brian.

And that's it! We're all back to our benches (or hoods) now, hard at work. Be on the lookout for some scientific news in the near future :)

...and if you're not tired of seeing our faces, check out the rest of the pictures below!