Road to the Fittest on Earth

Many of my readers may be aware that I spend 2-3 h of my day training as a competitive crossfitter. For the past year, I have worked on my weaknesses (Olympic lifting), my efficiency, and have increased my training volume (2-3 h per day vs 1 h) while battling injury (wrist and hip). Well, the […]

Short Telomeres, Aging, and Sleep

A really fascinating brief communication deriving from a large epidemiological study of sleeping habits in men and women (Whitehall II study) found a direct linear relationship between nightly hours of sleep and telomere length. As a quick refresher in freshman biology, telomeres lie at the end of chromosomes and prevent the chromosome from disentangling or […]

Barbells for Boobs

We all know that the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many athletic organizations aside from the NFL have undertaken great fundraising efforts. I’ve recently participated in two Barbell for Boobs competitions which aims to help women of lower economic means afford routine breast examinations and mammograms. In this competition, everyone does “Grace” […]

Harmful effects of light at night

A few months ago, I saw a Colbert Report sketch satirizing a study from THE Ohio State University on the harmful effects of light at night for risks for depression, in hamsters. Disclaimer: I adore the hamster as a research model. Today, this group presented compelling physiological and histological evidence that light at night increases […]

Safe Travels to SfN, everyone!

And we are off on our 8 hr car ride. Plan to see many sleep- and circadian-related posts the next few days as a majority of our sessions are tomorrow and Sunday. I’d like to recommend a few reasonably priced places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner courtesy of Rachel Ray and her “best eats in […]

Never Forget: A 9/11 (Research) Tribute

On this Tuesday morning 11 years ago, I was pissed to learn in second period Latin class (yes, I was in high school) that our cross country meet on a perfect, temperate day had been cancelled. By third period English class, I was shocked and devastated to have discovered why. Today, we did an amazing […]

A Continuation of Tissue-Specific, Clock Gene Regulation of Behavioral Rhythms and Gene Networks

About a year ago, I blogged about a paper that investigated brain vs. muscle control of behavioral circadian rhythms, body weight, and levels of locomotor activity assessed through changes in Bmal1 expression. These mouse lines were created from insertions of specific promoters and/or a tetracycline trans-activator complex that allow for additional and temporally arrested gene expression. […]

Why Athletes Make Great Scientists

Years ago, a professor in Kent State’s biology department used to brag that athletes and actors, like himself, are the best kinds of modern scientists. I do agree with him. Both require excessive amounts of time management, intrinsic motivation, resiliency to conflict, and adaptation to criticism by peers. This spoof of NBC commentary during London […]

Two-Week Science Hiatus

Every two years, I take a 1-2 wk hiatus from science, aside from emailing, fine-tuning graphs, grants, and papers, of course, to attend a biennial family reunion held in Ft. Myers. So, please do not expect much science to be discussed though I would like to comment on some recent studies published in Science and […]

On Bullshit

The keynote speaker at this year’s Trainee Symposia Series, Dr. David Dinges,  recommended that everyone read On Bullshit,  a quick, philosophical read on the etymology and semantics of, well, bullshit, by Professor Emeritus Harry Frankfurt of Princeton. This book should be on the shelf on every academic, next to William Strunk and E.B White’s Elements […]

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