A couple of weeks ago I submitted a scientific manuscript for publication. It was the first manuscript I’ve ever submitted, the first time I was the first author. For those of you not in science or academia, let me try to explain. In science, publications are a necessary part of the academic journey. As a … Continue reading first author publication.
For us, Covid-19 is like a tornado that you watch from afar and wonder if it's coming straight towards you or if it will veer off in another direction. We began following the Coronavirus outbreak of Wuhan, China in January. It was unbelievable how fast the virus was spreading. The communist government ordered a lock … Continue reading Balancing Risks and Rights
Many, many years ago when I was in first grade, I came down with scarlet fever. I was the oldest of three and my mom was pregnant with her fourth child. Our house was put under quarantine with a sign stating so at the end of our long driveway. My dad worked away and stayed … Continue reading Quarantine Prayers.
My friends and family are scattered all around the world. Our realities are usually very different — there is little to no overlap in our day-to-day events, weather, political news, even holidays. Today, however, we are all in the same boat. It has been bewildering and bizarre to observe the lives of my friends and … Continue reading United by Staying Away
I wanted to write a post about Good Friday during the pandemic. About the meaning of Good Friday and how it is so fitting during a time like this. Nothing seems quite right though. My words can't quite describe the feeling. Around 2000 years ago a man named Jesus hung on a cross at 9 … Continue reading Good Friday
I'm a Marine Corps veteran. I faithfully served this country from 2001-2006 as a communications technician and I cherish the time I served. One thing that not many people know about me is that I struggled with addiction before and after my service. In fact, one of the reasons I joined was because it provided … Continue reading an essential job and life on hold
yesterday i broke one of my favorite mugs. it shattered. slowly i collected the pieces and, as i did so, i knew they would never go back to the way they were. there would be no fixing this beautiful, one-of-a-kind treasure that was so recently gifted to me by a friend. the mug was broken; … Continue reading broken things.
Four years ago I embarked on a new journey: using fMRI to understand how the baby mind works. Do babies see and experience the world the same way we do? Using fMRI, I took pictures of Hope’s brain while she watched movies of kids, toys, and places. A new image of her brain appeared on … Continue reading 4 years.
My daughter was sick. For three days her little body fought temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Caring for my daughter when she is sick is emotionally and physically exhausting. Her body is the one going through hell so, why does it drain me so much? A three day fever meant four days of … Continue reading family, science, and community
My current life is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I live in an apartment over-looking the Charles River. I can pay all of my bills every month. I get to spend my days (and often nights) thinking about the mysteries of the brain. I run experiments and collect data to answer questions that … Continue reading “disadvantaged background”