Neuroblogging, sightseeing, and exhibit halling at SfN

First off, I am honored to be selected as an official blogger of the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting for the 7th year. My blog was evolved immensely since 2009. Although, most of my posts are housed on Fitness Cult Chronicles to promote my popular science book, Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain. As for SfN, posts […]


More from my studious husband…. Here’s another contribution to my analyses of the CrossFit Open competition, and is continued from here, where I looked broadly at maximum and minimum placings among Open competitors,  and here, where I examined the frequency that athletes finished within the top 60 of a given Open workout and how that related to qualification for Regionals. […]

More on predicting Regionals qualification from single Open workouts

Here is more from the brilliant, statistical mind of my husband. UPDATE –  Here are a couple of histograms illustrating the frequency of top 60 placings for competitors in a given year and region. So, an athelete, say, Emily Bridgers, completes 5 workouts during an Open. How often does she place in the top 60 during […]

Predicting Regionals ranking during the Crossfit Open: Does it only take one bad workout?

I cannot take credit for this. My husband wrote it on his blog domain (, which is loading very slowly at the moment. His rationale for writing this manifests from my somewhat mediocre performance during the first week. I am a two-time individual Regionals and (team) Games competitor. I am committed to competing in the […]

5 Years of Dormivigilia

Five years ago, a few graduate students in the biology department and I decided that we wanted to become better science writers, professionally and publicly. Around the same time, the three of us also happened to co-found a campus group called The Kent State Freethinkers to provide a social and educational outlet for skeptics and atheists […]

How to Woo the Audience

Data presentation is just as important, if not more than the collection of data. It can be the difference between getting a paper published in the “big 5”–Science, Nature, Current Biology, Cell, and The Lancet (or whatever your top five are)–or settling for a lower-tier journal. This past Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a […]

Best of Dormivigilia in 2013

This year was incredible–scientifically, athletically, and personally. I had a lot of firsts that will, in some cases, likely never be seconds. I got both NIH grants that I first applied for in 2012 and then re-applied for in 2013; an F32 to investigate skeletal muscle regulation of sleep and metabolic processes and a loan […]

My Life and Neuroscience (in Blog Form) for 2012

This is my fourth year as a blogger.  And I still love it. While some of my friends’ blogging enthusiasms have declined (yes, Montegraphia..this means YOU!!!), I have continued to increase the frequency of posting with each new year. The year began with some exciting, personal news. Montegraphia and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve/Day […]

A Blogging Year in Review: Science, Socializing, and Sports

Per usual, I post some of the most fascinating science, current health news, and personal events from the year of 2011. Scientifically, I highlighted novel methods and materials, including optogenetics and fMRIs in rodents, and recent progress in drug addiction and circadian rhythms research, for the most part. Professionally, I had the opportunity to attend […]

Year/Decade in Review

It would be awesome recapture my blogs posts of the decade, but quite honestly, I didn’t even have access to the Internet at the beginning of the decade; I was in ninth grade and my family had a Windows 95 operating system on which I typed all my homework assignments and college essays throughout high […]

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