Informal chapter for the feitschrift for John Roth: The first draft is in the hands of the editors, who I hope will soon give me feedback on how to improve it. The post-doc and undergrad also have it - I haven't had any feedback from them either.
Short essay for the ASM popular science book on Darwin and microbial evolution: I'm working on this. I need 2000 words and have about 1500. It's turning into a nice discussion of how we can study natural selection in bacteria. I should soon have a list of all the other authors and their topics, which will help me integrate mine. I just reread the email invitation, and now realize that I'm supposed to include personal stuff about me as a scientist - maybe I will, maybe it won't fit.
Manuscript about regulation by E. coli Sxy: This was gently rejected by J. Bacteriology (with the possibility of resubmission). The post-doc first-author has now rewritten it for resubmission, with input from the former post-doc other-author, and she's now passed it on to me. If it's OK we'll submit it this week.
Manuscript on co-evolution of uptake sequences and proteomes: This has been provisionally accepted by Genome Biology and Evolution. I asked the bioinformatician coauthor for feedback -she sent me a short email with some questions I haven't responded to. So the first step is to respond to her questions (well, after I re-read the reviewers' comments). I'm hoping we won't need to do any substantial new work.
Manuscript on student writing and learning: This has been languishing since my teaching-fellow post-docs left town. It's nearly finished so I should get it done.
Manuscript on the perl model of uptake sequence evolution: As I recall, this needs a bit more computer-simulation work and quite a bit more writing. The post-doc senior author has moved to Toronto, but we should still be able to get this done.
Manuscript on the phylogeny of H. influenzae strains and competence: This is the work of this same post-doc. The manuscript was provisionally accepted, but with requests for substantial additional work. Based on her past performance I'm confident that she will get this done, but I should touch bases with her about it.
Can that be all?