My 2012-2013 pre-retirement leave of absence permitted me to attend a number of national Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Genetics conferences and reconnect with many colleagues and collaborators around the country. One focus of my research is the maintenance of a unique online resource, The Ribosomal Mutation Database, which has served the RNA community since 1994. Dr. Michael O’Connor from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) and I are currently expanding the database to include protein mutations. My Summer 2013 Visiting Investigator appointment at the Jackson Lab in Maine will provide me with time to work on both the database and genetics education research. I have been particularly pleased to meet with American Society for Human Genetics colleagues at the Undergraduate Genetic Faculty Workshop for the past three years. These meetings fostered my involvement in collaborative assessment of genetic literacy. My three-year term on the national Nominations Committee for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, will conclude in November 2014. I will also be recruiting a new President for the F&M Chapter of Sigma Xi in 2014 to replace me, when I step down from that post and retire. I look forward to hearing from students who remember me. If you come to campus during the 2013-2104 academic year, you can contact me at x3948 in LSP 361 or email@example.com.