“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”-William Arthur Ward This quote was put up on a screen at our Chief Scientific Officer's retirement party back in 2017. While the party was very nice and well-intentioned on the surface, in reality it was a forced retirement.... Continue Reading →
Drumroll please – introducing “Wilting Mind”
“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”- Leonardo da Vinci I haven't heard this quote before. By some strange coincidence I accidentally came across it only a few weeks ago, as I was thinking of writing a... Continue Reading →
“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds…”
Over the last couple of months, I have fallen off the face of the earth. Again. At least off of the blogosphere anyway. It has been a crazy couple of months for me, to say the least. Work has been stressful and I was in the process of being interviewed for a new job. Not... Continue Reading →
My interview with STEM to the Sky
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a couple middle school students in D.C. who have organized an initiative called STEM to the Sky to expose more of their peers to science. They hold interviews with scientists from different fields to inspire middle and high school students to go into STEM. Such a great... Continue Reading →
The dichotomy of rendering microscopy images in 3 dimensions
We live in a three dimensional world, yet so many things we face every day are two dimensional representations of three dimensional objects. From paintings and photographs to maps and architectural blueprints, the majority of human creative processes begin on a flat piece of paper. Of course, technology has shown great progress, making way for... Continue Reading →
Are you ready to finally break out of your shell this summer?
While I would be the first person in the room to talk about all of the necessary precautions we all need to take to stop the spread of COVID-19, with vaccinations approaching 50% of the US population, things are beginning to look up again. People who have been vaccinated are now allowed to socialize and... Continue Reading →
“Muted Potential” – Part II
Juggling work, kids and NeuroBead, I often sit down to write a blog post in unusual places. This week for example, I am writing from my daughter’s gymnastics studio, where I get an hour of peace and quiet while she is in class. Just as I sat down and started looking through my notes about... Continue Reading →
Drumroll please – introducing “Muted Potential” (Part I)!
Finally. Introducing my first completed project of 2021 - “Muted Potential”! While initially I was surprised that it took less than 2 months to complete the beadwork, I then took my sweet time assembling it and taking pictures. Guilty. As you may have read in some of my earlier posts, the cellular pattern is based... Continue Reading →
SciArt – who is it for?
Several weeks ago, I was listening to the Art Juice podcast and they had a great guest - Seth Godin. He was talking about his new book "The Practice", which is a collection of small snippets about how creating art is all about the process. I can totally relate! It is such a soothing and meditative activity... Continue Reading →
Pushing the envelope in science AND art
"Thinking outside the box" has become a bit of a cliché. But in science it is more important than ever. As the base of human knowledge propels ahead with lightning speed, it takes a special set of skills and knowledge to be on the cutting edge of innovation. When I was in graduate school, there... Continue Reading →