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The Stand: NYC Dance Marathon meets Space Clamps

Two of my favorite things, dance and music, are about to collide.

I had the good fortune of taking part in the University of Iowa Dance Marathon from 2004 to 2009, a time I cherish for all your usual reasons: great cause, great people, great dance party. When I moved to New York from Iowa . . . → Read More: The Stand: NYC Dance Marathon meets Space Clamps

Qualia Fest 2012, in review

As previewed by Ariel Kaminer of the New York Times, the 3rd Annual Qualia Fest this year was full of nerd rock, philosophical beat poetry, and tons of this guy. That’s right, none of those links are actually of any acts from this year, which means stay tuned to the webs, good people, and let’s . . . → Read More: Qualia Fest 2012, in review

Modern Diseases of the Will: Developmental Diseases of the Graduate Student

Author’s note: This piece was prepared for a science writing workshop with Stephen Hall in October, 2011. The prompt was to read the chapter from Cajal’s “Advice for a Young Investigator” on Diseases of the Will, and invent our own modern diseases of the will.

At a Friday happy hour on the Lower . . . → Read More: Modern Diseases of the Will: Developmental Diseases of the Graduate Student

Brains in Space

Note inner circuitry, outer cortex.

Also note space, and travel-frequency inscriptions. Let us frequency inscribe the brain to space.

Visual cortex is the moon, frequently probed for its proximity to access. Temporal lobe is mars, origin of classic space aliens and epileptic hallucinations. Frontal cortices are nebulae, strange and shaping new forms. The amygdala . . . → Read More: Brains in Space

Space Clamps!

Check out the debut performance of the Space Clamps from this year’s Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, featuring Sara Steele on guitar, Emily Schulman on vocals, and yours truly on the keys:

. . . → Read More: Space Clamps!

Science Fiction Turned Realities Gone Wild

I wrote this Op-Ed piece for a Science Communication Workshop I’m in at NYU.

Science Fiction Turned Realities Gone Wild

Science fiction can often predict the future. Star Trek’s communicators foreshadowed the cell phone. 1984’s Big Brother exposed privacy concerns now relevant. We must take a look at the current science fiction world and ask . . . → Read More: Science Fiction Turned Realities Gone Wild

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