Getting personal…. with People Behind the Science

If you imagine a beard and no glasses, the resemblance is remarkable, don't you think. Thanks to Sasha Karczmar for the hat loan.

If you imagine a beard and no glasses, the resemblance to Abraham Lincoln is remarkable, don’t you think? Thanks to Sasha Karczmar for the hat loan.

I spoke with Dr Marie McNeely of People Behind the Science about my path to science, my laboratory work and well, I don’t know how else to put this: about me. I really enjoyed talking with Marie and found her outside-the-box questions to be entertaining. These questions made me think of events that I have not thought of for a while and allowed me to talk with reverence about Charles Darwin – always a good thing. And I was so pleased to see that the picture published along with the interview shows me doing an Abraham Lincoln-imitation. I did not get a chance to talk about heroes outside of science (Marie did not stray that far from scientific topics). So I will take this opportunity to share a (non-exhaustive) list of people that I seriously admire:

  • Abraham Lincoln: Principled, smart, writes “like an angel”
  • Ernest Shackleton: Leader, genius, able to maintain social cohesion under the worst of circumstances
  • Eve Ensler: Compassionate, able
  • Elaine Scarry: Compassionate, open to all peoples’ pain
  • George Washington: Leader, decisive, insightful, person of few words but those few were doozies

In case you are wondering, the There are not 10x more glia than neurons post that I refer to in the interview is still not ready. Keeping up with NeuroMOOCers takes most of my time… but one day, I’ll finish it and post it.

Finally, here is a weird panoramic shot of last year’s biomass. Bad tomato-year is evident on the back right. Everything else did well.

What's not to love about lots of biomass?

What’s not to love about lots of biomass?

Although the tomatoes went in yesterday (June 1 = very very late in Chicagoland), hopes are alive for a good tomato-year.

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