Insights from an Academic on the Market

The past four months have been a whirlwind. I’ve been mindlessly applying to positions; sending nearly the same generic application to 70-80 schools hoping for at least a phone call. It turns out even this was a poor strategy. Because even though search committees know the market is tight, they want to see some bit […]

Thanksgiving Travels to the Yucatan

For the second Thanksgiving, I travelled abroad. This one was just as eye-opening as the first; when my best friend from high school and I went to Venice and I saved her dignity¬†after she fell into the Venetian Canal in the blistering cold (no, we weren’t drunk; the walkways were dimly lit and very dark […]

Consider Funding This.

(Wealthier) readers in biomedical science. Here’s your chance to contribute to something BIG: Epigenetics and sleep. How sleep amounts alter gene function as to be studied by an elite group of folks in sleep research https://experiment.com/projects/can-sleep-patterns-change-gene-function

Welcome to SfN y’all!

First day and great day. Please venture over to the Theme H posters on display til Sunday. In today’s funding climate, it’s great to see an emphasis on teaching and the history of our field. There are different teaching modalities for different demographics and that is the key to success. As for science, the clocks […]

Pensacola Beach Brawl: Pain in the Sun, Sand, and Surf

It’s time for some self promotion mixed with science. Sorry. This weekend, I competed in the Pensacola Beach Brawl which also presented me with the opportunity to compete in my first (Crossfit-style) triathlon. Sure, we swam (and saw a bull shark on the pier the morning of the swim), but then we sat on a […]

Neury Thursday: Mitochondria, neuron health, and sufficient sleep

This paper came out in the Journal of Neuroscience while I was at the Gordon Conference a few months ago. This week, a group did a summary of it in a unique section of the journal called journal club. Basically, it offers a different perspective/interpretation of the data without a loss of content. In this […]

The Refs are Biased, Neurologically.

I wrote this blog post during the last World Cup. As the semifinals near, I decided that it would be a perfect time to re-share. Many of you may remember this lousy foul from the US vs Slovenia match. Though I initially “jumped to conclusions” and assumed that it resulted from a hefty Slovenian bribe, […]

For Jimmie

Two years ago, my cousin was in a life-changing accident. The throttle of his crotch rocket allegedly jammed hurling his passenger and him from his bike. No one knows if he would have been OK with or without a helmet, but he wasn’t wearing one and his brain suffered. Bikers, wear your helmets! Even if […]

SLEEP 2014: Minneapolis

Nearly every May and June, it is “conference season” for me. A majority of our professional society meetings fall towards the end of the school year. This year is no different. Last week, I was in Minneapolis for the annual sleep meeting which brings together clinical and basic sleep researchers. Next week, I will be […]

Learning to Breathe Fire: The History and Science of Crossfit

As a Regionals and Games competitor since the time that Crossfit started to earn the respect of a worldwide athletic company (Reebok) and television network (ESPN), it was enjoyable to re-live the experience through a talented journalist, JC Herz. I will admit that I am not an avid reader of history albeit political, social, or […]

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