Official Blogger for Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2017

This year I’ll be an official meeting blogger for the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C from November 11-15. I’ll be focusing primarily on Themes F (Integrative Physiology and Behavior) and G (Motivation and Emotion), but also writing about anything else that catches my eye at the meeting. Expect a lot of posts onContinue reading “Official Blogger for Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2017”

Consciousness and the Brain at the University of Washington

I did my best to ignore the cutting pain from the rope binding my arms and legs as I tried to listen in on what my captors had planned for me. From beneath the bottom of my blindfold, I could barely make out a few pairs of legs pacing around the room, but the gagContinue reading “Consciousness and the Brain at the University of Washington”

The Problem of Science & Politics, and What You Can Do About It

I don’t watch much TV, but I recently found myself watching a rerun of the popular History Channel show, Ancient Aliens. I figured it would be good for a laugh, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The episode in question focused on regions that have historically been plagued by violent conflict, what the show refers toContinue reading “The Problem of Science & Politics, and What You Can Do About It”

Why Learning About Learning Is Important

The Internet is rife with bloggers and columnists discussing the importance of becoming a meta-learner; that is, someone who actively seeks awareness about how they learn best, and leverages this awareness to become a more effective learner. This IS important. I’m hugely inspired by these sorts of strategies and ideas, and I’ll be coming backContinue reading “Why Learning About Learning Is Important”

What to Consider When Thinking About Graduate School: A First-Year’s Perspective

As of a few days ago, I am officially one twentieth (approximately) of the way through my PhD program. I mentioned in a previous post that coming to the University of Washington’s graduate program in neuroscience was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I had a fantastic experience during my first quarter –Continue reading “What to Consider When Thinking About Graduate School: A First-Year’s Perspective”

Neuroscience in Seattle/Hunter-Gatherers, Sleep and Screens in the Modern World

Although it’s only been about a month and a half, I feel comfortable saying that coming to the University of Washington to study neuroscience was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my short, mostly indecisive life. I’ve been lucky to interface with some of the world’s leading neuroscientists on a daily basis andContinue reading “Neuroscience in Seattle/Hunter-Gatherers, Sleep and Screens in the Modern World”

Ireland On Two Wheels/Goodbye Tucson

After many months of anticipation, my final few days as a Tucsonan are upon me. On September 16th, I’ll be leaving Tucson for Seattle to begin graduate school. While I’m incredibly excited to move to a new city and start my graduate work, I’m saddened and slightly anxious at the idea of leaving behind myContinue reading “Ireland On Two Wheels/Goodbye Tucson”