I just got an email about the Darwin Conference they're having at the University of Chicago in October, and I'm totally pumped. Practically it's great, because it's only about a 2 hour drive from here and $20 for students, which is dirt cheap for a conference. The one in Nebraska was 90 bucks, and that was just to watch student presentations. I was a little suspicious how it could be so cheap - maybe they just have crap presenters or something - so I checked the schedule of lecturers.
Omg. Jerry Coyne? Neil Shubin?? Daniel Dennett?!? E. O. Wilson?!?! Squeeee!
I think the only other evolutionary biologist that would make me fangirl more is Dawkins (ok, PZ too), but I'm still super pumped. I am forcing someone to go to this with me. And yes, I recognize how insanely nerdy it is to get excited over an academic conference. I'm a really a proto-grad student who hasn't fully metamorphosed yet. Well, I take that back - I'm fairly certain even most grad students aren't this geeky. Maybe once I actually become a grad student, it will break my (nonexistant) soul and I'll tone it down a bit.
...Or maybe I'm just destined to be an uber-nerd.