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 […]

Sleep 2012

We have arrived in Boston for the 26th annual meeting of the Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The next few days are for trainees (of which I organized this year), reunioning with former fellows, and science. Updates to follow!

Science and (Non-Science) Beach Reading Recommendations

In my spare time, I like to read pop(ular) neuroscience and psychology books. And now that summer is upon us and some of us have more time to read while visiting different landscapes, I provide a brief list of books that I’ve read (and recommend) and books that I presume are good based on their […]

Meet Amos

For regular readers, you may recall that we had very traumatic news to share at the end of last month: our two-year old daschund that we rescued from a puppy mill was tragically killed by a car when we were at the Crossfit Regionals. After weeks of coping, Montegraphia and I decided that it was […]

Summer Conference Travel has Arrived!

My favorite, yet most frenzied time of year has arrived once again. For regular readers of my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I am basically away from the bench every week(s) or so in May and June. This May and June is no different, except for that my conference schedule is phase-advanced by a few […]

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