Treatment, from the Inside

Remember the movie Minority Report?  Everybody had those computer screens projected into mid-air so you could stand in the middle of a bunch of images swiping information around with your hands and layering it until you have the view that you need?  Well, recently a friend asked me how I sort through the information patients … Continue reading

Linking In

This afternoon I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at lists of people’s names and jobs, sending them little notes asking them to acknowledge that they might know me or have some professional interest in me.  That’s right: I joined LinkedIn. Until now I’ve told myself that Facebook and Twitter were enough.  After all, … Continue reading

Nature vs. Nurture

This past Monday I had a rare opportunity: I returned to Miller Woods, part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where I worked summers during college.  Years ago I was part of a team studying the effects of controlled burns on the Miller Woods ecosystem, which would naturally have forest fires rather frequently if there weren’t … Continue reading

Fire and Ice

Once again this week, one of my nerdy tendencies has inspired this blog.  I’ve been reading an extraordinary book about Antarctica (called “Antarctica: an intimate portrait of a mysterious continent”).  And no, I don’t get any sort of kickback if you decide to rush out and buy it… Naturally, as a scientist at heart, I … Continue reading