Annual Barton-Vance Picnic and Bocce Tourney Ends with Sugar Daddies Victory

The 11th annual joint Barton Lab-Vance Lab picnic and bocce tournament was held at Lake Temescal today in winter-like conditions. The weather proved no impediment to the eventual tourney victors, The Sugar Daddies (Greg and Russell), who emerged victorious despite some especially valiant competition from Team Enthusiasm (Kathleen and Beth) in the finals. (Updated 6-13-18 to reflect engravement of championship plaque, see photo below).

Greg outlines the tournament rules (“If you throw a ball in the stream, you must retrieve it, and a penalty will be assessed”)
Peter and Katie negotiate vegetable-meat territorial rights on the grill
Andrew (of Team Formerly Known as Misery Bay) aims for the pellino
Sugar Daddies on the road to victory
Sugar Daddies (center) after their victory over Team Enthusiasm
Final Tournament Bracket
Championship Plaque

Justin Roncaioli passes his qualifying exam

Justin — fondly referred to as JR or “Junior” in the lab — passed his qualifying exam this week. The lab celebrated by cutting his hair. Regrettably, photos of the intermediate mullet stage were not available at press time. In honor of Justin’s passing resemblance to a certain boy who lived, the qual party adopted a Harry Potter theme, complete with a brilliant and completely re-imagined lab logo (below). We are all looking forward to next year’s celebration, when the newest graduate student in the lab, Kristen “Hermione” Witt, passes her qual and celebrates by transfiguring lab manager Peter “Ron Weasley” Dietzen into a small furry rodent.

Isabella Rauch to start faculty position at Oregon Health Sciences University

Isabella Rauch

Everyone in the Vance Lab is thrilled that our very own Austrian, Isabella Rauch, will soon be starting her own independent lab in the MMI Department at OHSU. Her lab will open its doors in January 2019 and will be focused on understanding innate immunity at epithelial surfaces. Bella has done some very cool science during her stay in the Vance Lab, characterizing novel functions for inflammasomes in intestinal epithelial cells (check out her JEM paper and her Immunity paper). Perhaps even more importantly, she has been a great mentor and intellectual leader in the lab, helping guide numerous students in their projects. We are therefore sure the Rauch Lab will be a great place to do science — keep posted for great things to come!

New Lab Website!

Welcome; this is our attempt at a new modern Vance Lab website. It’s been a long time coming. Hopefully it is simpler and easier to update than the last one…